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Undergraduate Research RFA

The Mindlin Foundation Undergraduate Mentored Research Program

1. Objectives of the Research Program
2. Eligible Applicants and Mentors
3. Eligible Institutions
4. Number of Awards and Funding Limits
5. Review Criteria
6. Award Period

1. Objectives of the Research Program

This program is intended to support promising undergraduates in the sciences or engineering, in a mentored research project that introduces the student to academic research. Ideally, the research will have potential to inform or support activity “beyond the bench”. That is, to have real-world impact relevant to non-academics. This could be through , for example, translational medicine, product development, or direct implementation efforts.

The structure of the research plan should involve a mentored research experience, wherein the undergraduate student is responsible for addressing an appropriate self-contained question relevant to the mentor’s larger ongoing study.

2. Eligible Applicants and Mentors

Eligible applicants include students enrolled full-time in a baccalaureate program in engineering or science at a tax exempt university or college located in the United States of America. Applicants must remain undergraduate students enrolled full time for the duration of the award period. Applicants shall be under the supervision of a Principal Investigator serving in the role of research and academic mentor. Eligible mentors include full-time faculty serving at the same institution as the undergraduate applicant or an affiliated medical center.

3. Eligible institutions

Eligible institutions include tax-exempt institutions of higher learning (universities and colleges) located in the United States of America, and their affiliated medical centers.

4. Number of Awards and Funding Limits

The number of awards will be determined by the number of meritorious applications received. The limit for each award is $5,000. This award will not cover mentor salary, or indirect costs such as facilities and administration. The award will cover a stipend for the applicant, lab supplies, travel, equipment, or other expenses.

5. Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed on the merit of the research topic, the mentorship plan, and the qualifications of the applicant and the mentor. Applications exceeding the budget limit, the length limit, or from ineligible applicants or institutions will not be reviewed.

Applications should include specific aims, methods, a mentorship plan, an itemized budget, CVs of the applicant and the mentor, and a letter of support from the institution to receive funds stating that they will support the project, and adhere to the itemized budget. The institutional letter of support must contain the tax-exempt ID number of the institution to receive funds.

The aims, methods, mentorship plan, and budget may be no longer than 3 pages, with ½ inch margins, in 11 point font. Applications should be combined into a single PDF and emailed to the foundation administrator at mindlinfoundation@gmail.com.

6. Award Period

Applications must be received by November 3, 2017. Funding notifications will be made in December, 2017. The award period of the grant may be defined by the applicant, so long as the applicant remains a full-time undergraduate student for the duration of the grant, and so long as it begins in 2018 and ends no later than December 31, 2018.