Faculty Funding

Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs

Enhance student discovery and learning through community-engaged research

2017-18 RFP

The 2017-18 Request for Proposals and application deadline will be available in September.

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When undergraduates do research, they discover new ways of thinking, learning and working with faculty and fellow students. By expanding the number of students involved in research that is community engaged, Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs further enhance the student experience and have a positive impact on partners and their communities.

Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs are intended to support:

Established community-engaged scholars, researchers and research programs that provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research

Investigators/scholars who can provide a strong collaborative environment for students and opportunities for them to work in teams

Opportunities that are structured to include additional training or supportive learning experiences that are relevant to the research or scholarship

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

Opportunities that promote access for all Cornell undergraduates

Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs are not intended to support:

Individual investigators/scholars working with individual students

Activities that will be unsustainable beyond the period of the funding

A course or curriculum

If you’re developing a major, minor or course, check out the Engaged Curriculum Grants.

Graduate student research

For that, see Engaged Graduate Student Grants.


The maximum grant is $25,000 per program for one year, and recipients have the opportunity to renew the grant for one additional year based on documentation of progress. Maximum funding over two years is $40,000.


Active researchers (faculty or academic staff) with established community-engaged research or scholarship in any field of study.

Researchers and scholars appointed in centers, institutes, programs, extension divisions, museums and laboratories on any Cornell campus may participate, or lead, provided that necessary academic oversight of students is incorporated into the plan.

Previous Recipients

Questions about your project?

Contact the Office of Engagement Initiatives. We’re here to help.

Email: engagedcornell@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 254-4240