The UConn Hartford Director’s Office offers faculty two kinds of funding that enhance our students’ learning experience (a) education-based collaborations with the Hartford community and (b) student-based research. This is the form for the latter request.

Limited awards (ranging from $50-$1,000) are available to support student research experiences with Hartford faculty that substantially enhance individual students’ opportunities to gain research experience. Expenses for individual projects may include: funding to partially defray the costs of an individual student’s research project, such as materials, books, participant payment, statistical training, student travel (e.g., to collect data or attend a conference), or student stipend. Other examples of requests include:  extraordinary costs for research courses that go beyond standard lab maintenance expenses, or unusual costs that require justification, such as costs of printing student posters, or hosting a research event.

Proposals from any UConn Hartford faculty or staff (including all instructors), will be given priority. Other UConn faculty and staff are also eligible to submit proposals provided it substantially benefits Hartford students and is Hartford-based.

Preference will be given to submissions submitted by September 15 (fall semester) and January 15 (spring semester), but will be accepted on a rolling basis if funds have not been exhausted. Proposals for summer and winter sessions also accepted on a rolling basis.

Proposals will be reviewed by members of all members of the Faculty Council Subcommittee on Funding who do not have a conflict of interest with the request.

Student Research Funding Request

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  • Provide a 2-4 sentence summary of the project or event and of student’s role in the project
  • Total funding previously granted to this faculty/staff member from Collaborations Fund or Research Fund
  • Please provide and itemized list of all costs.
  • Please note that funding by the Office of Undergraduate Research may be an appropriate avenue in many cases. Is funding also being sought from OUR (or other sources)?
  • With reference to the objectives stated above, in 500 words or less, describe the research project or event and justify why these funds should be granted from the Director’s Office. For research projects, provide sufficient information (about rationale, methods, anticipated results, and final product—paper, poster, or talk and dissemination plan) to allow nonexperts on the committee to evaluate the intellectual merit of the project. Provide detail about what students are involved, and if relevant, how students were selected. For extraordinary expenses in a research class, explain why this expense is warranted, and/or how this aspect of the class deepens the research experience for the students involved. For research events, explain what student participants will be involved, how it will enhance the research atmosphere for UConn Hartford students, and what audiences will it likely attract. If relevant, how might this project/event help foster research collaborations between students, faculty, and the broader Hartford community?
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