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Faculty Funding/Support for Undergraduate Research

Semester and summer funding is available for faculty who are interested in guiding students in undergraduate research either in the context of a research cohort or through one-on-one mentorship.

Fall Spring Summer
Faculty Research Assistants Funding (FRAF) 

Faculty members apply for funding to hire paid undergraduate research assistants during the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Department Research Assistantship (DRA) Program

Funding available for all UTK/UTIA academic departments to hire a semester-long Pell-eligible and/or First-Gen undergraduate assistant to support a faculty member’s research/creative project.

Advanced Undergraduate Research Activity (AURA)
Students can apply for funding to pursue advanced research or creative production, with the support of their faculty mentor.

Fall Spring Summer
Federal Work Study Assistantships
OURF has coordinated with Financial Aid & Scholarships in order to allow students to use their federal work-study funds for positions as undergraduate research assistants for faculty at UT.
NSF REU Site Grants

OURF provides proposal support for NSF REU Site grants. (Note: For general research proposal support, please refer to ORIED’s Proposal Support page.)