For Mentors: Seeking Supplemental Funding and Grant Supplements

The Research in Natural and Biomedical Sciences program at Emory University, a part of the SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program, began in 1990, supporting 10 Emory biology majors. As of 2014, SURE has served over 1500 participants (~60% of which were Emory College students). Most of these SURE awards were funded by the Center for Science Education’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grants. The number of Emory applications has grown significantly in the last 5 years (to more than 500 in 2014). Mentor contributions and collaborations with new funding partners have allowed us to extend many more offers than otherwise possible. PIs with existing grants may be eligible for supplemental awards to their students. Please see below.

Mentors: If you have submitted a supplemental request for your SURE applicant, please note this in your letter of support. For questions regarding faculty grant supplements, contact Dr. Pat Marsteller at pmars@emory.edu.

Faculty Grant Supplements support undergraduate research year-round (including summer).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes for Health (NIH) make competitive awards to scientists in a variety of disciplines. Many of their research grants allow the primary investigator (PI) to request additional funds beyond the original award for the purpose of creating research and training positions for undergraduate and graduate students, among others. We are asking Emory faculty to seek this kind of funding, when available, to help us create more paid opportunities for Emory undergraduate scientists. Note that this funding can support research year-round, not just during the summer. Please initiate your supplement request ASAP, since it can take months for the funds to become available.

  • NIH’s Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research are open to faculty holding NIH grants (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/PA-12-149_contacts.html), and will fund underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Supplements can be submitted at any time. Recipient students must be US citizens or permanent residents. Before submitting, please contact the current grant administrator at the NIH. Per the link above, applications can be received at any time. Applications should be done within 6 months of the projected starting date, and notifications will be made within 10 weeks of submission (i.e., please complete application by mid-March to ensure funds will be available as SURE begins).
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements are available to PIs with ongoing research projects, and can be included in new grant submissions and renewals. Recipient students must be US citizens or permanent residents. For a description on how to submit a supplement request via FASTLANE (or add REU lines to a grant you are submitting or renewing), please copy and paste the link http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&from=fund. International REUs will support collaborations where students may work abroad. Please contact your grant program officer for submission deadlines and notification times (http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_contacts.jsp). Student Grants by professional organizations may also be available. In recent years, several SURE students have received partial support from organizations such as the National Fragile X Foundation (http://www.fragilex.org/research/funding-opportunities/). Students: consult your mentor about potential funding through professional organizations. Also, take advantage of your Emory access to create profiles and be alerted to funding opportunities through GrantForward (https://www.grantforward.com/index).

Please share this information with your potential research mentor.

The Summer Research Programs Director can provide a brief program description and assist mentors in determining how much funding to request to cover housing, stipend, and registration fees. Email ec.sure@emory.edu for more information.