Provost Research Awards

Application Guidelines

  1. Prepare a 1-2 page project description that states what research problem you will work on and how and where you will carry out the project. This description should explain how the project adds insight into a process or system and reference current literature to place the contributions of the proposed work in the context of previous research. This proposed project must be approved by the faculty sponsor.
  2. Compile an itemized budget for the project. Awards up to a maximum of $1,000 are provided per student. Team research is also supported and, in appropriate cases, the award amount is larger than the single-student maximum. Areas that can be supported include:
    • Supplies and other research materials needed for the project
    • Travel to research sites including libraries; and
    • Travel/registration fees to present work at professional conferences.
    Note: Funds cannot be used for student stipends or for costs associated with Dialogues of Civilization or other faculty-led travel programs. Capstone projects are funded only under special circumstances when review of all the term's projects by the instructor and the department chairperson identifies select projects that add significant novel insight into a process or system as well as meeting the discipline-specific goals of the capstone course.
  3. Obtain a letter of support from your faculty sponsor. If the project is funded, the faculty sponsor will oversee the work and the use of the funds, and will also determine the form of any final report or presentation. The sponsor needs to be a full-time Northeastern faculty member.
  4. Submit the project description, itemized budget, and letter of support to the Provost's Office using the online submission form.

Rolling Submissions

In order to accommodate diverse types of research, applications will be considered when submitted, i.e., there are no submission deadlines. Selected projects will generally generally be announced within two weeks of proposal receipt.

As noted above, capstone projects are funded only under special circumstances when review of all the term's projects by the instructor and the department chairperson identifies select projects that add significant novel insight into a process or system as well as meeting the discipline-specific goals of the capstone course. Selected capstone projects will be reviewed for undergraduate research funding no more than twice per year, with capstone review generally occurring in the first week of November and the first week of March.

Funding Process

  1. After a research project award is announced, the Provost's Office will transfer the award amount to a budget overseen by the faculty member sponsoring the research. The transfer usually occurs within two weeks of the award notification. Once the transfer of award funds is complete, the Provost's Office will notify the faculty member and the academic department.
  2. Each academic department has a financial administrator who can help the research award recipient access the award funds. The department can either pay for the student's research related expenses directly, reimburse the student's research related out-of-pocket expenses in timely manner using an expense reimbursement form, or a combination of the two.

Follow-Up Requirements

Students supported by this initiative agree to complete a final survey at the conclusion of the project if requested by the Office of the Provost. All students supported by this initiative are encouraged to present the results of their research at a campus-wide event such as the Research Expo held each spring.

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