About Project Funding

Funding is available for UH Mānoa undergraduate students or student groups who propose a faculty-mentored research or creative works project, which can take various forms depending on the field of study. We welcome and encourage undergraduate students in all fields of study to prepare and submit a project application. To see examples of what your fellow students have done in the past, see Past Projects and Presentations.

Prior to applying for project funding, please carefully review this section. We also encourage students thinking about applying to attend an Information Session and contact us with any questions at urop@hawaii.edu. If you are seeking Presentation funding to attend a conference or to showcase a performance, please go to Presentation Funding.

Project Funding Eligibility

Students seeking to apply for project funding must:

  • be enrolled as an undergraduate student at UH Mānoa
  • plan to graduate from UH Mānoa
  • have at least one Fall or Spring semester remaining in their degree program following the semester of application in order to complete and present your work prior to graduation
  • be mentored by a tenured/tenure-track faculty at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (including the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), or the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center), and/or be classified by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Graduate Division as Regular or Cooperating Graduate Faculty at any level (1-3)
  • have satisfied all outstanding UROP project requirements if previously funded by UROP and reapplying. A student may apply for funding for only one project per project funding cycle, and cannot have two concurrent active projects with outstanding requirements

Project Funding Cycles and Deadlines

UROP offers two project application cycles each academic year, wherein students may apply for funding for research or creative works projects that will begin as early as the start of their next semester of enrollment. Applications are accepted from 9/9 – 10/10 each Fall, and from 2/2 – 3/3 each Spring. All application materials must be submitted by 5 pm on the last day of the cycle, even if it is a weekend or holiday. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and no late submissions are accepted in any circumstances, so please plan ahead. Please note that response to email questions near the deadline date will be delayed if received outside of regular office hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, excluding holidays).

Funding Amount

An individual project is a project undertaken by one person whereas a group project consists of two to ten members. Funds are available of up to $5,000 per individual project and up to $10,000 per group project. Group member changes after application submission are not allowed, and changes in the make-up of a group may result in disqualification from application review or withdrawal of UROP funding.

Budget

Students may request for project-related expenses including materials and supplies, travel, stipend, etc. Students cannot request a stipend for coursework, but may request a stipend for hours worked in addition to the expected coursework hours (i.e., when requesting for a stipend, students and mentors must document that the stipend hours towards the project do not overlap with any hours spent on course credits). For details, please see Stipend funding under Individual Project Proposal and Supplement or Group Project Proposal and Supplement. Travel must take place in a semester of enrollment (of at least one credit) concurrent with the disbursement of funds unless he/she is in a study abroad program through the Mānoa International Exchange program. All current and potential outside sources of funding must be fully disclosed. UROP has the discretion to fund all or any part of the requested budget items.

Ethical Compliance

When applying, students must include the status of compliance with applicable ethical standards if research involves human subjects, animal subjects, or hazardous materials. Any pending compliance will prevent funding disbursement and UROP may rescind funding if all necessary compliance is not met within one month of UROP’s decision to fund a project.

Application Processing

Applications are paperless and all materials are due by the deadline. Submission of an application form automatically generates an email receipt to the applicant. However, this does not necessarily mean that all requirements have been met for review by UROC, but rather only that the application form was submitted and received. Applications that meet all requirements by the deadline are processed and reviewed by UROC within two months of the submission deadline. Students will be notified of the decision via email after UROC has made a decision.

Fund Disbursement

After funding notification, project recipients and their faculty mentors must sign and submit a Memorandum of Agreement and meet all ethical compliance in order to receive funds. Project recipients will receive funds through their MyUH tuition account pursuant to institutional approval.