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Call for Proposals

Enhancement of Graduate Research Awards (EGRA) Grant 2014-2015

Cosponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Vice President of Research and Economic Development, and the Dean of the Graduate School



The Provost, the Vice President of Research and Economic Development, and the Dean of the Graduate School are providing small grant awards to support research, creative or artistic projects. This program underscores the value placed on providing students with research opportunities and support for the scholarly work by graduate students.


Funds Available

A committee assembled by the Dean of the Graduate School, with representation from the Graduate Council, will evaluate proposals. Each student chosen for support will receive an award up to $1000 to support his or her project. The total amount of funds made available by Provost DeHayes and Vice President Alfonso for this initiative is $40,000. One of the goals of the committee is to distribute the awards to students with quality projects representing a wide variety of departments within the University. Funds will be provided to graduate students to participate in original research, creative or artistic projects in which they have a major responsibility. Funds maybe used to support travel to national or regional conferences, the purchase of items for specific projects, to defray publication costs, and specific needs that the committee deems essential for the student’s development. Cost-sharing by departments and faculty sponsors are encouraged. These projects require supervision by a faculty sponsor.

Please note, all funds must be expended and travel completed by 12 June 2015, with all accounting paperwork and receipts received by our office by 17 June 2015.
No extensions can be granted in this respect.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, a student must complete an application coversheet and submit the proposal along with a letter of support from a faculty sponsor. In addition, for projects that require IRB or IACUC review, approval must be obtained for consideration in this year's selection process. Only one application per student is permitted. The student should electronically submit the following:

Proposals must be submitted to the following e-mail address with subject line in the following format (Last Name, First Name - URI ID) as a merged PDF file, no later than 4:00PM October 20, 2014 to be considered for an award.

Questions about this program should be directed to Megan Yakey at the Graduate School at referencing in the subject line (EGRA and last name). Notification of results should be sent out via email by November 20, 2014.


The awards have certain limitations: (1) a graduate student can receive only one award in an academic year; (2) funds may be used only to support projects which include original student research, creative or artistic endeavors; (3) IRB or IACUC approval must be obtained; and (4) upon completion of the project the student must submit a final report to the faculty sponsor and the Graduate School. (5) Use of these funds for incentives for research participation is strongly discouraged. Please email Megan for the additional regulations required prior to submitting a proposal for an EGRA if this is your intent. Students that received awards last year may apply again, however, preference will be given to those who have not received these awards previously. Eligible expenses for this research program include equipment and materials purchases, photocopying, postage, film, and travel costs. Meals and accommodations are eligible expenses. Any equipment purchased with an award will revert to the department of the sponsor at the conclusion of the project. The budget must be reasonable and not exceed $1000. It is expected that funds requested for equipment and supplies will be for items that are not normally available for graduate research in your department. The Graduate Research Grant Committee may reduce or delete budget items as it deems appropriate. Budget figures must be totaled.



Congratulations to the winner of the
2015 University of Rhode Island Graduate School Excellence in
Doctoral Research Award

Dr. Maryjo Brounce
Department - Graduate School of Oceanography
Dissertation Title - "A Geochemical Investigation of Oxygen Fugacity in the Marianas Subduction Factory"
Major Professor - Dr. Katherine Kelley