The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research is to foster an undergraduate research community that promotes, enhances, and expands undergraduate research opportunities for all students at Virginia Tech. The office’s vision is to provide undergraduate research opportunities for all students, in all fields of study, beginning their first year through a capstone experience.

The goals of the Undergraduate Research Faculty Grant Program are to increase student access to genuine undergraduate research opportunities, and to widen the breadth of opportunities and participation across majors.

This past year has been anything but normal, but it has revealed opportunities for innovation and creativity. One positive outcome has been increased equity and access to undergraduate research through the availability of remote and virtual opportunities. So this year, the Undergraduate Research Faculty Grant Program will provided a handful of short-term mini grants of up to $3,500 to individual faculty, teams of faculty, or departments, to facilitate the development or support of novel programs that aim to scale undergraduate research for Virginia Tech students through virtual/remote means, broadly interpreted.

Proposals are now being accepted through March 31 at 11:59 p.m., with awards being announced by April 9, to fund projects that must be completed within FY21 (by June 30, 2021).

Apply online: Please email Keri Swaby at with any questions.