What We Do:
The Undergraduate Reserach Opportunities Program supports student and faculty research by:
- assisting faculty and staff as they prepare grant and contract proposals to state and federal governmental agencies;
- providing internal grants to undergraduate and graduate students wishing to conduct advanced research under the one-on-one supervision of a faculty mentor; and,
- managing the protection of human subjects used in research conducted by faculty and students at the University of St. Thomas.
How We Support Faculty:
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program supports scholarly inquiry in a number of important ways. At the core of our mission is a commitment to assist faculty and staff as they seek funding from governmental agencies to support research, curricular enhancement and reform, and partnerships with communities outside of the University of St. Thomas.
If you are a faculty or staff member at the University of St. Thomas, we can help you:
- find sources of funding from among governmental agencies by tapping online search engines and other resources;
- access and manage online submission engines that state and federal agencies commonly use (Grants.gov, NIH eRA Commons, NSF Fastlane, and others);
- understand and interpret complex agency guidelines and solicitations;
- develop budgets for grant proposals that are accurate and constructed in a way that is consistent with agency guidelines and institutional policies;
- create more effective project designs and write more compelling narrative texts;
- secure and document the commitment of internal resources in support of sponsored projects;
- navigate the internal review and approval process that is required of all proposals prior to their submission to an external sponsor; and,
- conduct follow-up communications with state and federal agencies, interpret reviewers' comments, and position themselves to re-apply when a proposal is not funded.