ARE YOU READY FOR THIS JOURNEY? Whether you are writing a grant proposal, navigating the ins-and-outs of finding funding for your undergraduate research (UR) program or just trying to figure out where to start, the entire process can feel like climbing a mountain. CUR Dialogues was created to present an accessible platform for the UR community to discuss the many available possibilities of funding and grants with federal agency program officers and other grant funders. CUR Dialogues offers the UR community a journey up that steep hill when developing program initiatives that call for future funding. Your adventure kicks off February 8, 2021, and paves the way through 10 days until February 19, 2021. In this two-week time period, CUR Dialogues offers a virtual structure that will allow scheduled presentations to be absorbed followed by in-depth conversations with federal agency and grant funding decision-makers. 

The goals of CUR Dialogues 2021 are:
  • Provide information for those getting started in the funding and grants processes
  • Deliver practical advice and case studies 
  • Offer encouragement and support for those on the journey of seeking funding
  • Give space for dialogue between stakeholders
  • Build collaboration with research officers
  • Support faculty/sponsored research teams

View our draft agenda, or download our visual journey below. 


The below registration rates provides access to all 10 days of content and discussions listed in the preliminary schedule above. 

Membership Type Early Bird Rate 
Available until December 31, 2020
Regular Rate
Available until February 8, 2021
Enhanced Member $250 $275
Institutional Member $280 $305
Individual Member $310 $335
Nonmember $355 $380


Accepted forms of payment for registration:
Credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover are accepted)
Check (payment must be received by January 29, 2021)

Registration Cancellation and Substitution Policy: CUR will honor cancellation requests and provide a refund, less a $50 processing fee, for all requests submitted in writing no later than January 9, 2021. No refunds will be permitted after January 9, 2021. Please submit cancellation requests in writing to Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee. Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the CUR National Office.



Why two weeks for an event? Our format and dates have changed from previous in-person CUR Dialogues to meet the needs of our undergraduate research community while keeping the safety of our attendees and speakers in the forefront. 

*Schedule is subject to change as agenda develops.  

Confirmed speakers include: 

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott​ | Undergraduate Research Institute and Honors Program 

George Mason Univerity

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS)

USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Science Foundation | Division of Undergraduate Education (EHR/DUE)

Stetson University

The College of New Jersey

US Department of Education 

Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) | National Science Foundation

Fulbright Specialist Program | World Learning

Division of Biological Infrastructure (BIO/DBI) | National Science Foundation

Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) | National Science Foundation



CUR Dialogues Beyond-the-Basics (BtB) Workshop 2021: February 23 - 24, 2021
Workshop Rate: $115.00 for member & non-member | Registration available until February 16, 2021

This workshop is designed to provide insight into crafting more competitive research grant proposals. Anyone who expects some day to be writing grant proposals or assisting others who are writing grant proposals will benefit from the activities at this workshop. The workshop will help faculty members who have submitted grant proposals but have not yet been successful in securing funding. The workshop will help faculty members in the planning stages in refining their ideas and presentation to enhance their odds of obtaining funding. The workshop will be helpful to individuals in grants offices who work with faculty during the proposal submission process. Participants will have an opportunity to work on a plan for their intended project and get peer and instructor feedback on strengthening the case for funding of their project.


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“CUR Dialogues provided a great opportunity to meet with NSF and DOE program officers and engage in conversations about submitting the best possible proposal from our institution. The REU Mock Review Panel session was one of the best things I’ve attended with the opportunity for immediate feedback from NSF program officers.“
-- Marisa Moazen, PhD, Director, Office of UR, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville