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Funding Your Research

Can I fund my research?

Researchers at all levels encounter questions about the prospect of having their research endeavors financially supported. Therefore, it is helpful for undergraduate researchers to become familiar with funding mechanisms available to them. If you are wondering whether funding is warranted for your research, ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • Do I need some funding to purchase non-standard equipment for my undergraduate research project?
  • Do I have undergraduate research results of interest to other researchers within my discipline?
  • Does my research mentor want me to attend a discipline-specific regional or national conference to present my research in either poster or oral format?

If you said yes to one or more of these questions and your research presentation has been accepted, you may need funding for conference registration, travel, or research equipment.

Where do I begin?

Your faculty research mentor may have some funding. I f not, depending on your major and your major's WVU home College (i.e., Eberly (ECAS), Statler, or Davis), you may apply for internal enrichment funding that can be used to offset costs (registration fees & travel-related expenses) associated with attendance and presentation of your research. Typically, students must submit an application (request, budget, and budget justification) for enrichment funding and funds are distributed on a competitive basis. In addition, you may apply for external travel funding offered by discipline-specific professional societies or by national and regional conferences. See the information and links below for more specific information.

WVU undergraduate and graduate students can access Pivot, a comprehensive source of global funding opportunities to search for fellowships, scholarships and other funding opportunities. Access to Pivot is limited to authenticated WVU users (i.e., email address ending in @mail.wvu.edu; @mix.wvu.edu; @hsc.wvu.edu). Be sure to "Sign up" and "Create a Pivot Account" with WVU as the Affiliated Member Institution.


Undergraduate Research Travel Support

The WVU Office of Undergraduate Research (UGR) offers limited travel support for WVU undergraduates to offset costs (registration fees & travel-related expenses) associated with attendance and presentation (oral or poster) of undergraduate research results at discipline-specific regional and national conferences or workshops. Click here to begin your application:

UGR Travel Support Information and Application

Additional resources for funding opportunities