The Ohio State University at Newark

Funding Opportunities

Grants to Support Research

Ohio State Newark Student Research Grants

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR CONFERENCE TRAVEL: Applications should be submitted no later than five weeks prior to the conference, or at least three weeks prior to the deadline for early registration (whichever comes sooner).

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ALL OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but should be submitted at least one month before the funds are needed.

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The faculty and administration of Ohio State Newark recognize that the academic experience is not limited to the classroom. In conjunction with the university’s dedication to enhancing the undergraduate research experience, Ohio State Newark is proud to offer Student Research Grants (SRGs) of up to $1,500 per project. Funds are available to all full-time Ohio State Newark students and can be utilized for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to; research, creative work, and professional development. Recipients are strongly encouraged to consider presenting their proposal or completed project at the Ohio State Newark Student Research Forum and their completed work at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in Columbus, or at some similar event.

Examples of fundable expenses:

  • Travel:
    • Conference fees
    • Airfare, gas, or hotel expenses
  • Media & Technology Support:
    • Publicity support for presentations of creative work
    • Equipment
    • Online journal subscriptions; society memberships
  • Materials & Supplies:
    • Lab fees (i.e., costs to professors, chemicals, etc.)
    • Material project support
    • Compensation for research subjects

The above list is not exhaustive and all students pursuing projects that will serve to enrich their academic experience are encouraged to apply. Please note: 1) Hypothesis driven research projects will be given top priority for funding; 2) All travel related expenses must be pre-approved by the faculty sponsor; 3) SRGs may not be used to fund conference related travel unless the applicant(s) will be presenting at the conference (proof of attendance may be requested);4) The maximum funding available for any one project in an academic year is $1,500. Students may make multiple project requests per academic year (each funded up to a maximum of $1,500). For any one project, students may make multiple component requests such as materials, travel funding, or equipment. Multiple component requests for the same project in the same academic year may be considered, provided the applicant can demonstrate a) that the requests are substantially different, (e.g., a request for material support for research and a request for travel funding associated with a subsequent conference presentation of that research) b) that substantial project progress has already been made as a result of the initial funding; and c) that the additional funding offers a valuable addition to the applicant's academic goals.

Students requesting travel funds should carefully review the university’s policies regarding travel expenses and reimbursements ( and make sure that any budget proposals conform to OSU policy. In particular, please note that all car rentals must be made through OSU, and per diem requests should follow the federal rates ( Please coordinate with your advisor and the OSU purchasing department to make sure you conform to travel policies.

As of Autumn 2014 the following items will be capped in every SRG. This is the maximum amount that may be requested for each of the following:

  • Parking at Columbus airport $7 per day
  • Local travel expenses (e.g. taxi, bus, subway, etc.) $15 per day

All expenses in your budget should be justified. Your justification should explain why the equipment or travel expense is necessary and how you have estimated the cost of the equipment or travel expense. The Student Matters Committee reserves the right to revise your budget and eliminate any items not sufficiently justified.

Application and supporting materials: Completed applications must include a project proposal, an itemized budget, and a recommendation letter from the project advisor. Application form (form is in *.doc format, you will need access to Microsoft Word to open it)

For advisors: The Faculty Sponsor Recommendation Letter must be submitted to complete the application. Sample recommendation letters are available below as well as at the Ohio State Newark SRG Carmen page. Recommendation letters should be submitted to the Chair of the Student Matters Committee at

Sample Recommendations Letters: Sample 1 |Sample 2

Human and animal subjects: There are special requirements to receive final approval for all projects that will involve human or animal subjects. All researchers working with human subjects must seek approval for their project from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and complete a specific training session online prior to receiving funding or conducting research. The faculty sponsor is required to request both an IRB protocol number and a verification sheet from the online training before authorizing expenditures. All researchers working with animal subjects must seek approval for their project from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), must conduct their research in an approved facility (Founders Hall Rm 2126 is an approved facility for amphibian work), and must complete a mandatory Animal Usage Orientation course prior to receiving funding or conducting research. The faculty sponsor is required to request both an IACUC protocol number and a verification sheet from the online training prior to authorizing expenditures.

Student Applicants and Faculty Sponsors are encouraged to visit the Office of Responsible Research Practices website and review all current policies and procedures that might influence current and future research projects.

Enrollment Conditions: Applicants must be working under the direction of an Ohio State Newark faculty member or full-time lecturer. Applicants generally must be enrolled as full-time Ohio State Newark students (at least 12 credit hours, in the Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter) to be considered eligible for SRG funding, although part-time enrollment with a heavy research emphasis is allowable.

Method of Selection: Applications, proposals, and letters of recommendation are reviewed by a committee of faculty from a variety of academic fields. Applicants will be selected on the merits of their application, the feasibility of the proposed project, and the potential of the proposed project to impact the professional and educational development of the recipient. Successful applicants will receive a letter by email notifying them of the status of their application.

Final Report: Students who receive SRG funding will be expected to submit a one to two page report addressing how they have benefited from the award in addition to documentation (receipts) of their expenditures. Final reports must be delivered by email to the chair of the Student Matters Committee Please contact the Chair of the Student Matters Committee if you have any questions regarding the grant application process.

The Ohio State University Undergraduate Research Office

The Undergraduate Research Office maintains an updated list of funding opportunities (with application deadlines) for to undergraduate students.

Student Matters Committee Contact Information

Jim Wirth


Address: The Ohio State University at Newark | 1179 University Drive | Newark, Ohio 43055