Individual and Group Capstone Project Funding

operational update

Capstones programming is on hold until further notice. The Office Undergraduate Research supports undergraduate students interested in research: OUR.utah.edu. Please also visit the following pages for additional project funding opportunities:

OUR Travel & Small Grants

Funding available for research related expenses. Travel grants are available up to $500. Small grants are available up to $200. Applications considered monthly.

Get Seeded

Get Seeded is a student milestone seed program, the student must take the lead in the submission and must play a major role in formulating the business. This is a monthly student seed grant pitch event (up to $2,500 in funding is available) and is based on the work of students. The funds awarded must be used to advance the business idea.

Lassonde+X

Lassonde+X is an introductory 3 course academic program for all undergraduate students from all backgrounds and majors (the X) to explore and practice entrepreneurship. Capstones funding can be used to support the project identified in the second course (ENTP 1020).

Thanks to generous support from the Ivory Homes Capstone Initiative Fund and Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah, we are able to offer support for individual students or groups of students to complete Capstone projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The application process and award criteria are the same for either individual or collaborative projects.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have an established relationship with a faculty mentor at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be matriculated and degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Utah, and not be on academic probation, disciplinary probation, or suspension.
  • Applicants must be attending the University of Utah full-time (at least 12 credit hours) during the semester in which they will be working on their project. The registration requirement is waived for students applying for summer funding who are registered full-time in the previous spring and following fall semesters, or students applying for funding in their last semester and do not need to be full-time in order to complete their graduation requirements.
  • Applicants must have faculty mentors who are current University of Utah faculty members. This means that the faculty mentor position title must include "professor."
  • Applicants may be awarded a maximum of one (1) individual grant and one (1) collaborative grant.

Submission Information

  • Proposals are submitted by an individual student or a group of students. There is a field on the form to indicate whether your project is individual or collaborative.
  • Upon submission of the form, applicants will receive an email that MUST be forwarded to the mentor. This email contains a link for the mentor to follow to provide their recommendation. The mentor's recommendation MUST be received by the faculty reference deadline in order for an application to be considered for funding. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the faculty mentor receives the emailed link and is aware of the deadline.
  • If the proposal is collaborative, each student collaborator must submit their own culminating experience statement describing how their participation in the project will represent a culminating educational experience. Upon submission of the form, applicants will receive an email that MUST be forwarded to each collaborator. This email contains a link for the collaborator to follow to provide their statement. The collaborators' statements MUST be received by the statement deadline in order for an application to be considered for funding. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the collaborators receive the emailed link and are aware of the deadline.
  • Proposers are expected to:
    • Write the proposal with the support of their mentor, and work with the faculty mentor to complete the project as proposed.
    • Forfeit any unused funds left at the end of the semester.
    • Present the project at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
    • To submit a Final Report by the end of the semester.
    • Acknowledge support from University of Utah Capstone Programs in the dissemination of the work. We suggest the following: This work was supported by funding from Capstone Programs at the University of Utah awarded to [student's name]. Logo will be provided.
    • Failure to meet these expectations may result in forfeiture of the award.
  • Faculty mentors must agree to the following:
    • Mentor the student in her/his pursuit of the proposed capstone project.
    • Support the expectations of students listed above.
    • Acknowledge support from University of Utah Capstone Programs in the dissemination of the work. We suggest the following: This work was supported by funding from Capstone Programs at the University of Utah awarded to [student's name]. Logo will be provided.

Timeline

  • Capstone funding is awarded on a semester basis.
  • Generally, proposals are due by the end of the second week of class.
  • Generally, award notifications are sent to proposers by the end of the fourth week of class.

Budget

  • Maximum of $1000 per project.
  • Budget items should only include allowable supplies (consumable goods) or services. Capstone Programs will purchase allowable items that are listed in the budget for awarded projects.
    • Purchase of equipment or durable goods may be allowable, but requires additional justification.  Applicants must provide a plan for the equipment or durables after the project has ended, including who will keep them and where will they be housed.
  • Capstone Programs funds normally cannot be used to: purchase equipment or other durable goods; pay publication fees or to purchase books, software, or other supplies that are available to U of U students via the libraries, computer labs, Marriott Knowledge Commons, etc.; pay for stipend/salary, food, travel, or participant incentives that are cash, cash-like, or vague; or to reimburse purchases.
  • The applicant must also make the case that the project would not be possible without this funding.

Consumable goods are goods/supplies/products that you will need to use and exhaust during your project.  These goods/supplies/products are not re-useable.

Examples – Pipettes, pipette tips, chemicals, plasmids, equipment rentals, location fees, makeup & hair kits, apps (app purchase or subscription fee), etc.

Instructions – Please provide exact name of product, supplier, price, and a link to that item in the supplier’s purchasing system.  This helps ensure that we can and do purchase the correct consumable supplies for your project.

Durables are goods/supplies/products that will remain usable after the completion of your project.  In some cases, these goods/supplies/products can be used for the benefit of community project participants or the lab, but an additional justification of these goods/supplies and a plan for their use post-project is required in the Capstones application.  This justification must make the case both that this project cannot be completed without the goods/supplies/products and that the goods/supplies/products are not items that the project/lab would purchase for general operation.

Examples – iPad or other laptop, iPad cover, iPad keyboard, shoulder brace, splinting material, etc.

Instructions - Please provide exact name of product, supplier, price, and a link to that item in the supplier’s purchasing system.  This helps ensure that we can and do purchase the correct durable supplies for your project, when eligible.

Services are actions performed by a third party that are necessary for the completion of your project.

Examples – videography, make-up or costuming fees, plasmid preparation, space rental, etc.

Instructions –You will need to provide exact name of service, provider, and price.

Purchases can be made from a department, supplier, or vendor within the University of Utah system or an unaffiliated business, supplier, or vendor.

When possible, Capstones prefers to make purchases through UShop, the U's online marketplace. When searching for project supplies, we recommend looking at some of these UShop vendors first (you do not need to go through the UShop portal, just go to their regular websites):

  • Amazon
  • B&H Audio
  • New England Biolabs
  • Office Depot
  • Staples
  • ThermoFisher Scientific

There are many more vendors available in UShop. If your mentor frequently orders supplies through UShop, you could ask them for recommendations.

For any purchase from an unaffiliated business, supplier, or vendor (we will check this for you), you will need to provide a complete and accurate W-9 as well as an invoice addressed to the University of Utah with the following information included: supplier name, phone number, address, product description, quantity, and price. You will also need to 1) verify that the supplier will accept a Purchase Order from the University and to 2) verify that the supplier will accept the University’s tax exemption status and process your purchase as a tax-exempt purchase -make sure the invoice does not have tax listed on it.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

  • The proposal effectively answers the following questions:
    • What is the research question, creative objective, or problem to be solved and why is it important?
    • What specific activities will be undertaken and what is the time frame for their completion?
    • How does the proposed project leverage expertise of the faculty mentor to achieve its goals?
    • How does the Capstone project help the student achieve the three Capstone Learning Outcomes? For group proposals, each student must respond to this question separately in light of their unique experiences, perspectives, and goals.
    • How does the Capstone project represent a culminating experience for the undergraduate career? For group proposals, each student must respond to this question separately in light of their unique experiences, perspectives, and goals.
    • What will the requested funds be used to purchase, and why are these purchases critical to the goals of the Capstone project? (Detailed budget and budget justification). The applicant must also make the case that the project would not be possible without this funding.
  • The statement of support from the faculty mentor indicates familiarity with the student and the project, in addition to a commitment to supporting the student in completing the proposed project.

 

Additional Resources

OUR Travel & Small Grants

Funding available for research related expenses.  Travel grants are available up to $500.  Small grants are available up to $200.  Applications considered monthly.

Get Seeded

Get Seeded is a student milestone seed program, the student must take the lead in the submission and must play a major role in formulating the business. This is a monthly student seed grant pitch event (up to $2,500 in funding is available) and is based on the work of students. The funds awarded must be used to advance the business idea.

Lassonde+X

Lassonde+X is an introductory 3 course academic program for all undergraduate students from all backgrounds and majors (the X) to explore and practice entrepreneurship.  Capstones funding can be used to support the project identified in the second course  (ENTP 1020).