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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Undergraduate Research Center

Guidelines & Application

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Next Grant Deadline October 10 at 12:00 pm

Submit your signed application to Morris Hall 265 and your proposal to

Need help with the application process? Come to a grant writing workshop

  • September 29th at 4:00 pm in CSU 201
  • September 30th at 12:00 pm in CSU 201

Creative Projects:

These projects focus on encouraging and motivating students to work with devices of personal expression.
Example: art exhibitions, dance performances, musical performances, etc.

[PDF] Guidlines (321 KiB)
[PDF] Rubric
(302 KiB) Application (Currently being updated)


Research Projects:

These projects focus on encouraging and motivating students to investigate research topics independently.
Example: scientific inquiry, historical analysis, computer simulations, etc.

[PDF] Guidelines (320 KiB)
[PDF] Rubric (300 KiB)
Application (Currently being updated)


Grant Guidelines:

  • Make sure your grant proposal includes all required sections including title of project, significance, proposed methodology, anticipated outcomes, proposed time line, supply and equipment budget, and bibliography (see grant proposal guidelines above). Remember to include a one page resume for each student researcher involved.
  • Complete a funding application (see applications above). Please read the eligibility requirements and indicate which grants you are applying for. You may be considered for a single funding opportunity, or all four if you are eligible.
  • Email your grant proposal and resume(s) to AND submit your signed application form to the URC (MH 265). Your application will not be considered complete without receipt of the signed application form.
  • It can be useful to view past successful grant proposals. The student authors of these proposals were awarded the Minnesota State University Foundation Grant.

Supply Guidelines

Supplies are considered consumable items and other necessary materials that are unavailable at the university. Please justify the necessity of all requested supplies to the successful completion of the project goals. Funding of unjustified items is subject to the discretion of the granting committee.

Travel - Budgets may not include travel for dissemination, though travel as necessary to complete the project is allowable at the currently approved reimbursement rates for MSU. Rates are available at the Business Services website

Books - Requests for books will only be granted if it is demonstrated that they are otherwise unavailable unless purchased. 

Equipment - Any equipment requested must have no value after completion of the project (ie no computers, tangible goods, jump drives, etc). However, software may be requested if it is unavailable through the university or shareware applications. Questions on discipline-specific exceptions should be directed to your college representatives.

Gift Compensation - Funding will not be awarded for gift compensation for participants (e.g., gift cards).

Miscellaneous – Any items labeled miscellaneous or left unjustified are subject to the discretion of the committee and may be unfunded.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grants

  • Next application deadline: October 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm
  • There are two rounds of funding in an academic year: fall & spring. A project may receive only one grant per academic year (i.e., if a project receives funding in the fall, it is not eligible for funding in the spring).
  • A limited number of awards are available and applications will be judged on merit by a faculty committee.
  • There is a maximum of five student researchers on all grant applications.
  • A faculty mentor can sponsor no more than five grant applications per semester.
  • You must specify on the Funding Application if you are applying for the Minnesota State Foundation, NorthStar STEM Alliance, URC stipend & supply, URC supply, or all four awards.
  • Couldn't make it to the Grant Writing Workshop? View the [PDF] PowerPoint (2 MiB) to get an idea how to get started.

Grant recipients MUST present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April. Online submission will open mid-February. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at