We are pleased to announce the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fall Call for Proposals. UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty are encouraged to apply.

The research proposal should include background and objective of the research project, project design and feasibility, student’s specific responsibility, project’s timeline, and a detailed budget with justification. In addition, faculty mentors will be asked to upload one letter of recommendation per project, which would evaluate the student’s performance to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities. If the research involves human subjects or the use of live vertebrate animals, the appropriate IRB or IACUC protocol number is required. Please refer to http://www.research.uci.edu/ora/ for guidelines and appropriate forms.

Complete proposals must be submitted online at the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html), by Monday, November 10, 2014.

Proposals will be reviewed by the UROP Faculty Advisory Board. Standards for evaluation of funding requests include:

• Intellectual merit in the student’s proposed research activity
• Thoroughness and completeness of the proposal packet
• Level of commitment and support from the faculty
• Assessment of student’s UCI transcript
• Available Funds

UROP will fund a varied set of projects, with requests up to $1,000 for individual projects, where average amount of funding has been close to $500. For group proposals that involve multiple students, requests can be for up to $2,500, where the average amount of funding has been close to $1,200. Funds can be used to support such expenditures as the purchase of materials and supplies, research-related travel, and the costs incurred in the presentation of research or creative activities. These funds cannot support major hardware purchases, salaries or stipends, or travel expenditures only. Proposals requiring no funding, or receiving adequate funding from departmental or other sources, may be submitted for a UROP Honorary Fellowship.

Students are encouraged to attend a UROP Proposal Writing Workshop on Thursday, October 30, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Calit2 Building, Auditorium. For more information, faculty and students may contact the UROP Office: Student Services II, Suite 2300; Phone: (949) 824-4189; E-mail: urop@uci.edu.