Undergraduate Research Grant Competition

The School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking applications from OSU full-time undergraduates who intend to carry out a research or creative project in their field(s). Those selected will recieve a grant from the school.


  • Enrolled as a full-time student during Spring 2021 semester in a major program in the School of Environment & Natural Resources at The Ohio State University (Columbus campus).
  • Be in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Have an OSU faculty who has agreed to be responsible for overseeing the research project in its entirety.
  • The Deadline for this application is Friday, March 26th, 2021.

Funding Award:

  • Students will be paid $10.50 for each hour he/she/they are engaged in the research project.
  • The maximum funding award is $3990. Students may work a maximum of 38 hours per week for 10 weeks ($10.00*38 hours*10 weeks=$3990 maximum award). 


In order to apply please follow the instructions below:

Application Instructions

  1. Project Proposal. (Maximum of 5-pages, double spaced). Briefly the proposal should include the following components: a) Cover page, b) Introduction, c) Methods/Approach, d) Schedule of Activities, and e) References. Please see proposal details below.
  2. Description of Current and Pending Research Funding Support. We ask that you list any funding sources that you have applied to and/or have been awarded and accepted for your project. This is not included in the 5-page limit for the project proposal. 
  3. A budget justification including a description of how the grant will be used and the estimated costs. This is not included in the 5-page project description.
  4. Letter of recommendation to be written by your faculty research advisor for the proposed research. If you are working closely with a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher on this project, this letter of recommendation must come from his/her faculty supervisor. Faculty can submit their reccomendations by clicking the link at the bottom of this page or by clicking here
  5. Submit proposal as a single .pdf via the website.

Proposal Format

  • Proposals should be typed and no more than 5-pages, double spaced.
  • Current & Pending Funding and Budget are not part of the 5-page limit.
  • 12-point font.
  • Please number the pages.

Required Content

  1. Cover Page:
    • Title of the proposal.
    • Your name and the name of your faculty research advisor.
    • 250-word lay summary giving a brief overview of the project.
  2. Introduction:
    • The introduction should provide a brief review of the relevant literature and lead to a clear statement of the hypotheses, predictions and objectives associated with the study. The introduction should convince the reader of why this work is significant and what the broader, societal implications are of the research being conducted. 
  3. Methods / Approach:
    • Describe the process and/or methodology that will be used to complete the study.
  4. Schedule of Activities
    • Provide an outline of activities and an indication of the time it will take to complete each task.
  5. References:
    • List only those articles, books, or reports that are used in the proposal itself. References should be presented in a consistent, standard format (e.g. APA).
  6. Budget Page:
    • Budgets should indicate materials, supplies, travel and other expenses that will be required to complete the research. Costs can be outlined in a table within the proposal. Please also include a brief description of the items included in the budget.

Click here to submit your application.

Faculty: Click here to submit your Letter of Recommendation