Provost's Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program

The Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program, funded by Provost Julian Schuster, provides assistance to undergraduate students conducting research under the direction of a faculty member which will result in a work product. Collaborative research is an activity which is recognized as providing high impact learning. It offers students the opportunity to gain insight and experience into their professional or research fields and to develop real-world skills.

Research Projects and Work Products

Students should be registered for credit-bearing courses with research requirements (including independent studies, capstones, and other special project courses). At Webster, research is defined broadly and includes artistic, scholarly, and other research activities fitting our variety of disciplines and majors. In special cases, such as summer research projects under the direction of a faculty member, students may apply for a grant with their supporting faculty member's approval. Examples of projects/work products may include, but are not limited to: a paper, a poster presented at a professional conference; an article or other publication; laboratory research; field work; a performance; a display; an exhibition of original works or collections; or other project appropriate to the discipline. Upon completion of projects, recipients will be asked to provide a final report or presentation, as determined by the supporting faculty member.

For research which involves human subjects, proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs before funds will be disbursed. (IRB approval is not required to submit an application, but grants to fund research with human subjects will be released only when IRB approval is documented.) See the IRB website for more information.

Grant Amount and Eligible Expenses

Total funds of $5,000 each semester (Fall and Spring) are available. From those funds, grants ranging from $100 to $500 will be awarded to defray expenses incurred by research activities and/or their presentation.

  • Eligible expenses include: research/performance materials and supplies, books and resources, research participant honoraria, survey instrument or software expenses, access/usage of non-Webster research equipment, conference expenses, presentation expenses, and/or other expenses necessary to the project.
  • Funding is not provided for: equipment, furniture or other capital items; tuition or fees; remuneration of research applicants or faculty sponsors.

In accordance with University policy and procedures, documentation of expenses must be provided (original receipts/expense reports or invoices) to the Office of Academic Affairs.

To Apply

Students should complete the Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Application.

Note: The application should be downloaded and filled out using a current version of Adobe Acrobat
or Acrobat Reader. To download a free copy of Reader, go to get.adobe.com/reader.

The student should be prepared to include the following:

  • The title and brief description of the project, including expected final product
  • A specific list of items for which funding is requested
  • Identification of other sources of funding received or being sought
  • Name of recommending faculty member

Applications are reviewed twice each academic year by a Grant Program committee. This academic year, applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2014 for funding to be used in the spring semester. (Students are encouraged to apply early, and grants will be awarded on a rolling basis for the Spring semester). Applications are due May 1, 2014 for funding to be used in the summer or fall 2014 semester.