Project & Conference Funding

Apply for funding to support your project-based learning experiences, conference opportunities and more.

Upcoming Deadline

The next deadline for project and conference funding applications is Wed., February 19, 2020.

What You Should Know Before Getting Started

1. Confirm your eligibility for project and conference funding.

  • To be eligible for project funding, you must complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge for your specific project. 
  • To be eligible for conference funding, you must complete the Project Reflection Digital Badge. Conference funding is only available to students who will present at a conference. 

2. Preview the form and gather information prior to starting your submission.

3. Review the proposal evaluation criteria.

Funding applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Completed application: All sections have been thoroughly completed on or before the funding deadline.
  • Signature page: Completed signature page submitted on or before the funding deadline
  • Quality of writing: Well-written with very few, if any, errors. Strong evidence of proofreading. (Center for Excellence in Writing is available to support the development of your application.)
  • Project description: The project description is well-composed, professional, and demonstrates sufficient research and preparation by the student. 
  • Clarity of methods: Methods are described clearly, detailing what the students will be doing over the course of the project and how they will be performing these tasks.
  • Broader impacts: Broader impacts clearly describe how project will both enhance student learning and bring new information to the field.
  • Overall budget quality: Budget is itemized with links or catalogue numbers for specific items.
  • Funding justification: There is a well-researched explanation of why each individual budget item is necessary to complete the project. 
    Note: Funds must be used to support student projects directly and cannot be used to build out faculty lab or research infrastructure. If you are unsure if a specific budget item is allowable, please contact our office prior to submission for clarification. 

4. Ensure you submit the appropriate signature form to finalize your application.

  • Your funding application will not be complete until you submit the appropriate signature form (available for download below).
  • After submitting your application, print the funding form below and submit a scanned copy via email to ubeln@buffalo.edu or in person at 24 Capen Hall by the funding deadline. 

5. Funding Timeline

  • After the funding deadline, the ELN staff will review all applications and email you directly with a funding decision. This can take between 1-3 weeks, depending on the volume of submissions.
  • After funding decisions are announced, the transfer of funds may take several weeks.

Signature Forms

Signature Forms

Signature forms must be scanned and submitted via email to ubeln@buffalo.edu or dropped off in 24 Capen Hall no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the funding deadline.

Deadlines

For each academic term, online applications for funding are due on or before the following dates no later than 4:00 p.m. 
  • Fall 2019: October 2, 2019
  • Winter 2019: November 6, 2019
  • Spring 2020: February 19, 2020
  • Summer 2020: April 1, 2020

Apply for Funding

Individuals and Groups

  • Both individual students and groups of students can use the funding applications below.
  • Maximum funding amounts for projects and conferences are:
    • $500 for individuals
    • $750 for groups

Project Funding

To be eligible for project funding, you must complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge for your specific project. 

Conference Funding

To be eligible for conference funding, you must complete the Project Reflection Digital Badge. 

If you start a funding application form and need to stop for any reason, you can click "Save and Resume Later" to generate a unique link. You can use that link anytime within 30 days to complete your submission.