Engaged Undergraduate Research Grants

NOTE:  To apply for funding for community-engaged research involving undergraduates, visit the Engaged Research Grants webpage. As of the 2019-20 academic year, the Einhorn Center no longer offers Engaged Undergraduate Research Grants, and this specific application will not reopen.


When undergraduates do traditional research, they discover new ways of thinking, learning and working with faculty and fellow students. By creating new opportunities or expanding the number of students involved in existing research that is community-engaged, Engaged Undergraduate Research Grants further enhance the student experience and its potential impact on partners and their communities.

Engaged Undergraduate Research Grants support:

Pathways for undergraduate students to be involved in the development of new community-engaged research strategies, planning and implementation

Opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct community-engaged research with experienced researchers and scholars

Strong collaborative environments for students and opportunities for them to work in teams to address issues of public concern

Additional training or supportive learning experiences that are relevant to community-engaged research or scholarship

Research and scholarship initiatives that are highly likely to be sustained beyond the period of the funding

Opportunities that promote access to all stages of community-engaged research for all Cornell undergraduates

Engaged Undergraduate Research Grants are not intended to support:

Investigators/scholars working with an individual student

Funding and Benefits

Grants will not exceed $25,000 per program for one year, with opportunity for renewal for one additional year based on documentation of progress. Maximum $40,000 in total funding over two years.

Grantholders will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year, no-cost extension with justification.

At the end of the approved grant period, grantholders will return remaining funds to the Einhorn Center.

Participating undergraduates will be invited by the Einhorn Center to join student-focused trainings and workshops to receive guidance on community-engaged research methodologies, principles and practices.

Expectations and Deliverables

  1. Faculty participants will be convened once per academic year to share their work, experience and practices, and discuss approaches to overcoming challenges.
  2. Annual progress reports are required to incorporate descriptions of student participation, student evaluations of their experiences, contributions of the community partner to the student research experience, as well as the benefit to the community partner and achievement of research and learning goals set by the applicants. Reports will summarize scholarly publications, other grants or reports that incorporate student contributions (including links or electronic copies when applicable) and will summarize presentations made by students supported by the program.
  3. Grantees will provide documentation and evaluation of the partnership, including community partner voice and feedback. Grantees may use a Partnership Assessment Tool of their own devising or one of those provided by the Einhorn Center.
  4. Financial reporting will be required as part of the annual renewal report.


Allowable Expenses

  • Student support:*
    • travel, meals and lodging associated with research conducted off campus;
    • direct costs incurred by students while conducting research;
    • participation in conferences, workshops;
    • costs of publication;
    • systems that support the student research experience (software, enrollment in online training, etc.);
    • wages for students (work study, other). Information about Cornell student employment and federal work-study is available at studentemployment.cornell.edu/policies.
  • Staff support:
    • functions that are essential to the operation and execution of the proposed student research opportunities
  • Community partner support:
    • expenses incurred by community partners that are directly related to their participation in the student research experience and that support community partner capacity to effectively partner in and maximize the benefit of community-engaged research.

* While this mechanism is intended to support the involvement of undergraduates, the inclusion of graduate students in a mentorship or supervisory role may be appropriate. Funding to support graduate student involvement will be considered with proper justification.

Unallowable Expenses

  • overhead and indirect costs (IDC);
  • tuition;
  • salary for T/TT faculty team members;
  • post-graduation wages or travel costs for student;
  • capital projects;
  • equipment over $5,000 (refer to Appendix B in the University’s Capital Assets policy), unless properly justified as being critical to the sustainability of the research.

Previous Recipients

Questions about your project?

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Email: einhorncenter@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 255-1148