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The 2022-2023 RCSA Grants application period is now closed. The 2023-2024 application period will open in October 2022. 

Examples of completed narratives that are to be submitted as part of the application: 

STEM Example NarrativeNon-STEM Example Narrative (Business)Non-STEM Example Narrative (Liberal Arts), Non-STEM Example (Education and Professional Studies), Non-STEM Example (Fine Arts and Design)

More information on sources and compiling a narrative can be found at the UCO Chambers Library

Students must turn in one electronic copy by Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

The electronic copy must be submitted on the application website. Emailed/handwritten copies will not be considered. 

Students and faculty mentors will be informed before finals week of the spring 2022 semester whether their proposal was recommended for funding.

Students must work with their faculty mentor when writing their grant proposal. Proposals that are poorly written or do not follow the criteria will not be considered for funding. 

Criteria for proposals

  • Proposals are limited to 1,000 words, 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, with a 75-word project summary.
  • Proposals should be written so they can be understood by a reader outside of the discipline or area of study.
  • Illustrations and figures are acceptable.
  • If the project involves human subjects or non-human, vertebrate animals, the student must get approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Although IRB or IACUC approval is not necessary upon proposal submission, approval is required before the student can begin their project. If applicable, the student must provide verification for all local, state, or federal regulations before they conduct their research (i.e., collecting permits, etc.). 
  • Proposal budgets should be created with the RCSA Budget Guidelines in mind.


Proposals will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Team (URCAT) and the Research Advisory Council (RAC) at UCO. If there is a conflict of interest for a specific proposal, the member of URCAT or the RAC must recuse themselves from the review process of that proposal.

Proposals will be evaluated based on criteria established by members of the URCAT and RAC.

We reserve the right to send proposals out for external review.


Please feel free to contact any of the representatives from your college that serve on the Research Advisory Council (RAC) and the Undergraduate Research Creative Activities Team (URCAT) or the office at