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Advice Pre-Funding

For faculty who are working to secure funding for research involving undergraduates, we've compiled useful resources to make your proposal writing easier. We offer advice (budget and language) for including a small number of undergraduates in SURE or REU-like research experiences as a supplement within your proposal. In addition, we will work with you to write an undergraduate research Site proposal (e.g., NSF REU Site) and have resources (e.g., budget, budget justification, previously-funded REU proposal, list of activities) to aid you in this endeavor. Contact The Office of Undergraduate Research for more information or to discuss your undergraduate research programming needs and/or ideas. Take advantage of our crowd-sourced knowledge.


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Typically fund WVU undergraduates and WV undergraduates (attending WV institutions or with permanent residence in WV) during the summer months (8 weeks is typical duration with extra 9th week built in for vacation). Participants in the SURE Site receive stipends for 8 weeks of research, but no housing or food allowance, and must make their own housing arrangements (limited WVU dorm housing is available during the summer months). There is a 1-credit research course to accompany the SURE experience and participants are required to register for and pay the 1-credit of tuition for this course. Also, SURE participants are expected to participate in research full-time (40 hours per week minimum) and are not allowed to be enrolled in any other coursework (besides the 1-credit research course) or hold another job concurrent with their SURE experience. The SURE program has funding to support ~40 undergraduates in research. Additional SURE participants are sponsored by faculty research grants. If, in your proposal, you wish to include funding for undergraduates via the SURE mechanism, a tentative budget (2 participants per summer for 2 years) and language for your proposal are given below. Modify this language and budget as you see fit to include within the constraints of your proposal. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). Typically fund non-WVU undergraduates in full-time (40 hours per week minimum) research during the summer months (10 weeks is typical duration). REU Sites or Supplements are funded by the National Science Foundation. REU Sites fund 8-12 non-WVU undergraduates per summer in research and educational training activities. Currently, there is one REU Site at WVU, the NSF-funded REU Site: Multifunctional Nanomaterials (PI: Michelle Richards-Babb, DMR-1262075, 2013-2016).  REU Supplements provide support for 1-2 undergraduates to participate in research as part of a new or ongoing NSF-funded research project. If, in your proposal, you wish to include funding for undergraduates via an REU-Supplement type mechanism, a tentative budget (2 participants per summer for 2 years) and language for your proposal are given below. Modify this language and budget as you see fit to include within the constraints of your proposal. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.