UROP provides merit-based scholarship funds to UH Mānoa undergraduate students who successfully propose a faculty-mentored research/creative work project. A project can take various forms depending on the field of study. UROP welcomes and encourages undergraduate students in all disciplines of study to submit a project application.
In the project application, applicants will propose a topic, budget, timeline, group members, etc. As such, while each proposal will have the same sections, what is being proposed will vary from one proposal to another. For example, some applicants propose projects with a timeline of one semester, while others propose a timeline spanning multiple semesters. Budgets also vary from several hundred dollars to the maximum allowable. All proposal content should be adequately justified in a convincing manner to proposal reviewers. Therefore, UROP highly encourages applicants to work on their applications with their faculty mentor well in advance of the application deadline.
All students interested in applying for project funding should carefully review all information in this section as it contains important details on the project funding application. UROP also encourages students considering applying to see examples from past projects and presentations, attend an Information Session, seek advice from your faculty mentor, and contact UROP at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. If you are seeking funding to present at a conference or to showcase a performance, please go to Presentation Funding.
Project Funding Eligibility
- Enrolled as an undergraduate student at UH Mānoa
- Plan to graduate from UH Mānoa
- Have at least one (Fall or Spring) semester remaining following the semester of application
- Mentored by a UH Mānoa faculty meeting the UROP criteria
- One application per project funding cycle, and no more than one active UROP project at a time
- If previously received UROP project funding, the applicant must have satisfied or plan to satisfy all UROP project completion requirements by prior to the new project’s semester of disbursement
Funding Amount and Budget
Up to $5,000 per individual project (1 student) and up to $10,000 per group project (2 to 10 students). Students may request funding for any allowable and well-justified, project-related expenses (e.g., materials and supplies, travel, stipend).
Project Funding Cycles and Deadlines
UROP offers two project application cycles each academic year, and accepts application submissions from:
- 9/9 – 10/10 each Fall semester (Funding award in Spring)
- 2/2 – 3/3 each Spring semester (Funding award in Summer or Fall)
All application materials must be submitted by 5 pm (HST) on the last day of each cycle, even if it is a weekend or holiday. UROP does not accept incomplete/late applications.
The processing and review of applications by UROP take approximately two (2) months. UROP notifies each applicant with the funding decision via email in:
- late-November/early-December for Fall applicants, and
- late-April/early-May for Spring applicants.
If your application is accepted for funding, Fall applicants will receive their funding at the beginning of the following Spring semester. Spring applicants can choose to receive their funding at the beginning of the following Summer or Fall semester. Please note that UROP disburses funding to students via their MyUH account and the funding is considered a “scholarship” and subject to the following Financial Aid regulations:
- You must be enrolled in at least one credit in the semester of disbursement (including summer) to receive UROP funding
- All UROP-funded travel must take place in the semester of disbursement
- You may not request a stipend for your time spent on satisfying coursework/academic credit (but may request stipend funding for hours in excess of that needed for coursework/academic credit. For more details, refer to #4 under “Eligible Items”/”Itemized Budget with Justification” in Supplement)
A UROP project timeline must be at least one semester excluding summer. The timeline typically lasts one to two semesters, although some students have a longer timeline, and we encourage you to consider a timeline of at least two semesters. Generally, UROP project completion deadlines are the following (please note it will fluctuate semester to semester):
- April 25 for Spring completion
- August 15 for Summer completion
- November 25 for Fall completion
If the research or creative work involves human subjects, animal subjects, or hazardous materials, applicants must include the status of compliance with applicable ethical standards with their application. Applicants are not required to have final approval at the time of application; however, UROP will not disburse funding until all compliance has been met and relevant documentation has been received. Therefore, any pending compliance will result in the delay of funding disbursement. If necessary compliances are not met within one month of UROP’s funding decision, UROP may rescind the funding decision.
Outside Sources of Funding
In the project funding application, applicants must disclose all outside sources of funding for the UROP project that is being proposed. This includes all funding that is pending and received for the project at the time of application as well as potential sources of funding. Additionally, applicants must show how funds (potential, pending, and received) will be used regardless of funding status in the budget section of the application.
Note: IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) funding recipients most likely cannot receive funding from both INBRE and UROP for the same project. If funded from both INBRE and UROP, the recipient most likely would choose one source of funding. Please contact INBRE for further information.