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Research and Innovation Grants

Please note: Research and Innovation Grants (RIG) are awarded ONLY at the time of enrollment with the University. You cannot apply for a RIG; if you are looking for research funding, please see the Discover Grant for Summer Research.

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 or internship
  • 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.

See Uses of RIG for more details. You can also watch this short video to see how some UR students have used their RIG funds.

Accessing Funds:

Please read carefully before you fill out the Request for Disbursement (RFD).


  • You must submit the RFD at least two weeks before your funds are needed.
  • You may not use your RIG during your first semester as a UR student.
  • If you are a senior or fifth-year student, you must submit the RFD by April 1 to allow sufficient time to process your request while you are still an undergraduate.
  • You are allowed to use your RIG during a fifth-year project such as e5 or Take 5.
  • It is not necessary that you spend all your funds in one place or at one time.


  1. Find a faculty member who is aware of your plans and is willing to approve your use of funds.
  2. Fill out the online RFD. On the RFD, you will be asked to describe your proposed project, expenses, and/or travel plans.
  3. On completion, you will receive an email with printable PDF version of your RFD. Print the form and take it to your faculty approver for signature.
  4. You must submit the signed form in person to the Office of Undergraduate Research during walk-in hours so you can discuss your plans with the RIG administrator.

What else should I know?

  • All RIG disbursements, whether for work, supplies, travel, or other expenses, are processed through payroll and are considered taxable income by federal, state, and local government. However, you do not need an I-9 in order to receive RIG funds.
  • 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 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.
  • If you are an international student, please log into your Glacier account and click the toggle next to the following options:
    • "Non Serv 6000 6001 6002 6003 6100 6101 6102 6103" AND "Scholarship or Fellowship"
    • then follow the instructions about printing, signing, and sending to the payroll office.

Where can I find the form?

Is there someone I can talk to?

Do you have questions or ideas about your 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: 1-3
  • Fridays: 10-12

To learn more about the Research & Innovation Grant program, please see the Office of Admissions’ Research and Innovation Grants information, or read more about RIG in Rochester Review