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Research and Innovation Grants

Research and Innovation Grants (RIG) are awarded by the Office of Admissions at the time of enrollment with the University. To learn more about the program, please review the Office of Admissions’ Research and Innovation Grants information, or read more about RIG in Rochester Review.

Using Grant Funds

Research and Innovation Grants can be used for:

  • Attending academic conferences
  • Traveling to and from study abroad programs
  • Providing you with a stipend for a research position
  • Supplying research equipment or tools
  • Membership in academic societies

Your funds cannot be used during the regular academic year to pay for anything that is covered by tuition/financial aid or anything for which you receive academic credit. You are allowed to use your RIG during a fifth-year project such as KEY or Take 5.

See How a RIG Can Be Used for more details.

Walk-In Hours

Do you have questions or ideas about RIG that you want to discuss? Come in during our walk-in hours. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research in Dewey 4-209B without an appointment to meet with the RIG administrator during the following times:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 2–4 p.m.
  • Fridays: 10 a.m.–noon

Disbursement Forms

You must submit your Request for Disbursement form at least 15 days before your funds are needed, regardless of how you choose to use your funds. 

If you are a senior, you must submit the Request for Disbursement by January 31 of your senior year, and any receipts for reimbursement must be submitted by April 1 to allow sufficient time for the Accounts Payable Office to process your request while you are still an undergraduate.

Accessing Funds

You will need to have a faculty mentor who is aware of your plans to use your funds and is willing to advise you through the proposed project. Then you will need to fill out a Request for Disbursement form. On this form, you will be asked to describe your project and provide a budget for the projected use of funds.

It is not necessary that you spend all your funds in one place or at one time. You and your faculty mentor will need to sign the completed form. Then, you should submit the form to the Office of Undergraduate Research during walk-in hours so you can discuss your plans with a RIG administrator.

Once your request has been approved, you may either begin working or proceed with purchasing research materials, conference fees, airfare, etc. Please refer to the information below for specific instructions.

All RIG disbursements, whether for work, supplies, travel, or other expenses, now require an I-9. If you haven't already done so, please go to Student Employment in Wallis Hall to complete your I-9. It is not necessary to submit more than one I-9 with the University; if you are unsure please contact the RIG administrator.

Pay periods are from 1–15 and 16–the last day of each month. Requests submitted on or after the first day of the current pay period will go on the following pay period, so please plan accordingly. 

Before beginning work as an otherwise unpaid lab or research assistant, intern, etc., you and your faculty mentor should decide:

  • How long you are going to fill the position
  • How much time you will devote to your work
  • The amount of your request

You can work up to 20 hours weekly during the academic year and up to 40 hours weekly during the summer. You must complete a new request each semester, even for the same position.

If you are a non-resident alien you must have a US Social Security number and an up-to-date GLACIER tax software account. Please add "non-service fellowship or scholarship" under "income type" to receive a RIG disbursement. See the GLACIER Information and Resources PDF or the International Services Office website for more information.

If international travel is part of your request for disbursement, you must register your travel with the Office for Global Engagement. If you are traveling as a member or organizer of a University student program, please contact the Center for Education Abroad prior to registering your trip.