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Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants

Challenge your students to develop their research skills through course-based projects. Get support from our office to do it.
Recipients of Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants develop a larger assignment that challenges students to develop their research and creative skills, receive $500, and get support from the Center through workshops and advising.

Fall 2024 Course Application Deadline: June 1st, 11:59PM


Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants provide support to instructors interested in incorporating more intensive research and creative projects into their undergraduate classes.  Class projects envisioned by instructors should push students further in the Research/Creative Cycle than would normally be expected of the typical student enrolled in the course. These could be semester-long research projects, or shorter, more focused, units of a class that build research skills.  The goal of this program is to increase the number of students who have the opportunity to have a research experience at KU, as well as to provide professional development opportunities for faculty interested in expanding their teaching toolbox.

Grant recipients will participate in an online workshop prior to the start of the semester, and will also do some prep work before that meeting.  Recipients will be required to submit an assignment or teaching tool that will be available to other instructors after teaching the course.  See the "Expectations" tab below for more details.

Grant recipients will receive $500 at the beginning of the semester that could be for the instructor's own personal use or to support the course itself.  Funds can be processed through payroll or transferred to a departmental account. If the instructor decides to use the funds for the course, funds could be used for things such as:

  • supplies for the project
  • a class trip to visit an archive, field site, etc.
  • paying a graduate or undergraduate research consultant to assist with the class and guide students on their projects.  The grant recipient would select these students and hire them as hourly employees to assist with the course.

Additional funds may be available for courses that are taking on more intensive research and creative projects.  If you are interested in applying for additional funding for your course, email us to set up an appointment.

Tenure-track faculty, teaching professors, and full-time lecturers (Lawrence or Edwards campus) are eligible to apply for a Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grant. 

Eligible courses can be online or in-person and must enroll primarily undergraduate students.  The course must be offered during the fall or spring semester. Please apply the semester before you plan to offer the course.  Instructors teaching classes from across the disciplines of sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and professional schools are encouraged to apply.  Undergraduate classes of any size, and at any level (introductory to advanced), are eligible. 

If you are unsure if you or your course qualify, please email to inquire about eligibility.

Recipients of Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants will be expected to:

  • Participate in a one-hour workshop prior to the start of the semester in which they receive the award. There will be 1 to 2 hours of prep work to complete before this workshop. The workshop for fall 2024 will be held over Zoom in August before the semester begins (exact date and time TBA).
  • Use the Research/Creative Cycle to frame their assignment for students. By using this image with students, we are hoping to provide a common framework that students can use to connect their research experiences across classes.
  • Require students to present their research or creative projects at the Fall Research Showcase (for fall courses) or the Undergraduate Research Symposium (for spring courses).
  • Provide a copy of a teaching tool and/or course assignments that can be shared as an Open Educational Resource (OER) through KU Scholarworks. The Center for Undergraduate Research and KU Libraries will work with grant recipients to select appropriate Creative Commons licensing for their materials.

Application Directions

Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants are offered for the fall and spring semesters.

Applicants should submit the online application form prior to the deadline.  The deadline for Fall 2024 grants is June 1, 2024,11:59 pm.

The application consists of questions about your plans for revising a pre-existing research/creative component or creating a new research/creative component for your course. For an overview of the application questions to help you prepare, please review this document: Application Questions

Advising and Questions

If you have any questions about Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants or would like assistance generating ideas for a class that you will be teaching  Center staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss plans for your class and help you develop a strong application.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications for a Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Merit and impact of the proposed course revisions.  Courses can demonstrate an impact in different ways.  A large class may have a smaller research component yet reach a large number of students, whereas a smaller course may be able to provide a more in-depth research experience.  We encourage applications from all types of courses.
  • Degree to which students would be challenged beyond normal research requirements for students at that level or in that major and the incorporation of the Research Cycle.
  • Feasibility and sustainability of the proposed course revisions.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a Research-Intensive Course Grant in the past.