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Undergraduate Research Collaboratives  (URC)

This program has been archived.


Name Email Phone Room
Ronald  Christensen rchriste@nsf.gov (703) 292-2173  1055 S  
Susan  H. Hixson shixson@nsf.gov (703) 292-4623  835 N  
Jessie  A. DeAro jdearo@nsf.gov (703) 292-5350  815 N  


Solicitation  06-521

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




The Undergraduate Research Collaboratives (URC) Program seeks new models and partnerships with the potential (1) to expand the reach of undergraduate research to include first- and second-year college students; (2) to broaden participation and increase diversity in the student talent pool from which the nation's future technical workforce will be drawn; and (3) to enhance the research capacity, infrastructure, and culture of participating institutions. Collectively, these outcomes will substantially strengthen the nation’s research enterprise. For this program, research should be in the chemical sciences or in interdisciplinary areas supported by the chemical sciences. Projects should allow students to create new knowledge that is potentially publishable by providing exposure to research of contemporary scientific interest that is addressed with modern research tools and methods.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, K-12 Educators . The projects funded by this program may provide funding at multiple levels, including stipends for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and K-12 educators. Some projects may also focus on educational activities such as curriculum development or student training and retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities, please look at the active awards for this program to find relevant projects.


URC Highlights

Dept of Education list of accredited minority-serving institutions

NSF Workshop: Exploring the Concept of Undergraduate Research Centers (March 2003)

NSTC Workforce Report (April 2000)

Workshop on the Implementation of Undergraduate Research Centers (Sept. 2004)

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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