Every year, each of the 13 CUR divisions create an action plan in support of the CUR strategic plan.  Many of those plans include awards for both mentors and students, to support research projects, provide funding for conference presentations, and to honor exemplary mentoring.

The following are the calls that are currently open:

Arts and Humanities Student Scholarship

The Division of Arts and Humanities is offering four $300 scholarships to support undergraduate student research and creative inquiry projects at any stage of development up to and including presentation. The goal of this funding is to encourage diverse, innovative, and engaged UR in the disciplines defined by CUR as arts and humanities.

There will be two rounds of funding in 2020-2021:

  • Round 1, due December 4, 2020 -- primarily for Spring 2021 projects
  • Round 2, due March 15 -- primarily for Summer or Fall 2021 projects 


Biology Division Small Grants 

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is pleased to announce a limited number of research supply grants, up to $250 each, to members of the Biology Division. These awards are intended especially for projects with undergraduates in which a small grant will make a big difference. Award funds will be given as a stipend and do not need to be used during this fiscal year. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their research in publications and presentations of work stemming from the support.

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Chemistry Division Mentor Award

CUR's Chemistry Division seeks to honor exceptional mentoring and advising by higher education faculty across all subdisciplines of chemistry with Outstanding Mentorship Awards.

Deadline: January 11, 2021

Engineering Division Mentor Award

The Engineering Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for our mentoring and leadership awards.  The mentoring awards are granted annually, but only presented at the biennial Conference to mentors who have influenced undergraduate research through direct mentoring of individuals or groups of undergraduate students in engineering research.  The leadership award are solicited bi-annually and are meant to recognize sustained leadership in engaging engineering students in research activities.  

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Health Sciences Division Mentor Award

The Health Sciences Division seeks to honor exceptional mentoring and advising by higher education faculty across all subdivisions of health sciences with an Outstanding Mentorship Award.  Mentors are leaders and role models for those involved in undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative activities. Health science disciplines are those that focus on health or health care as the core curriculum.

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Health Sciences Division NCUR Presentation Awards

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Health Sciences Division is offering awards to cover the cost of registration (up to $140) for undergraduate students presenting original research at NCUR2021@home -- the National Conference on Undergraduate Research Virtual Meeting, April 12-14, 2021

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Physics and Astronomy Division Nadine Barlow Undergraduate Research Support Award

In memory of CURPA Councilor Nadine Barlow, a limited number of Undergraduate Research Support Awards (URSA), with a maximum amount of $500 each, will be offered to help undergraduates (1) conduct faculty-mentored research, (2) present their research at national conferences, or (3) publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.

Deadlines: October 30, 2020; January 8, 2021; and April 9, 2021

Psychology Undergraduate Student Research or Presentation Awards 

The CUR Psychology Division is offering a limited number of research (e.g., supplies or expenses) or presentation (travel/conference registration) awards for undergraduate students conducting original psychological research (up to $500 per project).

Deadline: January 22, 2021

Social Sciences Division Undergraduate Conference Presentation Awards

The Social Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting (in person or virtually) during the academic year 2020-2021.

Awards issued on a rolling basis.