***This page will be updated in January 2022 with more information on the 2022 Faculty Mentoring Grant application cycle. Note that information on this page is subject to change and may not apply to the 2022 application cycle.*** 

What is the Faculty Mentoring Grant?

UROP is committed to promoting and expanding research and creative work opportunities for undergraduate students across campus. To increase undergraduate student participation in these opportunities during the summer, UROP is awarding up to $75,000 for the Faculty Mentoring Grant for Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (Faculty Mentoring Grant)! The grant will be awarded to University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) faculty who will mentor UHM undergraduate students conducting research and creative work projects in Summer 2021. Grant recipients must plan to use 100% of the funds to support the students’ projects. 

Request for Proposals

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm.  Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by mid-April 2021. 

For questions, contact urop@hawaii.edu, or visit the FAQs page. 

Other Funding Sources

In addition to the Faculty Mentoring Grant, UROP also offers Student Project Funding. Refer to the table below to understand the differences.

 STUDENT PROJECT FUNDINGFACULTY MENTORING GRANT
APPLICATION PROCESS  
Application Cycle Fall (9/9/ – 10/10) 
Spring (2/2/ – 3/3)
Spring (2/1 – 3/1)
Maximum Funding Request$5,000 max for individual project; $10,000 max for group project (2-10 members)$5,000 max per student up to 3 students OR $15,000 max for 3 or more students
ApplicantStudentFaculty
Funding Disbursed ToStudentFaculty
Funding MechanismScholarship via Financial AidRTRF account
Funding Disbursement TimingA semester after the semester of applicationEarly May 
Student Eligibility• Enrolled as a classified undergraduate student at UHM
• Plan to graduate from UHM
• Mentored by a UHM faculty member who meets eligibility criteria (see “Faculty Mentor Eligibility” below)
• Have at least one Fall or Spring semester or one Summer session following the semester of application
• Submit no more than one application per Project funding cycle
• Have no more than one active UROP project at a time (if you previously received UROP project funding, you must satisfy all UROP project completion requirements in the completion semester prior to the new project’s semester of funding disbursement)
• UHM undergraduate students who have not graduated before the end of Summer 2021
• Students cannot be concurrently funded with  Student Project Funding
• Students do not have to be enrolled in a summer course
Faculty Mentor EligibilityMeet at least one of the following criteria:
• Tenured/tenure-track faculty at UHM (including the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center)
• Regular or Cooperating Graduate Faculty (at any level) at UHM classified by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Graduate Division
• Have submitted and been granted a Faculty Mentor Eligibility Petition
Meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Tenured/tenure-track faculty at UHM (including the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center)
• Regular or Cooperating Graduate Faculty (at any level) at UHM classified by thte University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Graduate Division
• Have submitted and been granted a Faculty Mentor Eligibility Petition
OR
• Partner with an eligible faculty member to submit a joint proposal
STUDENT AND MENTOR EXPECTATIONS  
Proposal and Application SubmissionStudent is expected to write the proposal and complete and submit the application, with guidance from their mentor.Faculty writes the proposal and submits the application. Faculty member does not need to have the student mentee recruited by the time of application. 
Project TimelineStudent can propose a project timeline (e.g. some student projects last only a semester whereas some projects may take several years).The project timeline must be for the summer. The grant is meant to give faculty resources to help increase participation in summer student research. The project does not need to be 100% complete by the end of summer, but the funds must be spent by the end of summer. 
Project IdeaProject can be student-initiated (i.e. student comes up with completely original project idea) or faculty-initiated (i.e. faculty oversees a large project and brings on an undergraduate student assistant. In this case, the student should be carving out a part of that project that they are primarily responsible for).Project is faculty-initiated 
Completion Requirements• Student is required to fulfill end-of-project completion requirements including Project Completion Report, Receipt Report, presentation at the Undergraduate Showcase or SURE Symposium, Post-Presentation Survey, and Receipt Report.
• Faculty Mentor is required to complete Project Evaluation Form
• The faculty member must complete a survey at the end of summer.
• There are no end-of-project completion requirements for the student. The faculty member may or may not choose to set their own requirements for the student, such as submitting a manuscript for publication, or presenting at a conference, etc. 

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