NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) Programs

Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)

The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) funding opportunities support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs). RUI proposals support PUI faculty in research that engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research at their home institution, and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education.

Eligible PUIs, including Harvey Mudd College, are accredited colleges and universities (including two-year community colleges) that award Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, and/or Master’s degrees in NSF-supported fields, but have awarded 20 or fewer Ph.D./D.Sci. degrees in all NSF-supported fields during the combined previous two academic years. All NSF directorates may support RUI funding activities. Funding for these awards is contained within research and education program allocations and not held as a separate allocation. RUI proposals are evaluated and funded by NSF programs in the disciplinary areas of the proposed research and are funded at their discretion.

An RUI proposal may be a request to support an individual research project or a collaborative research project involving PUI faculty and students at their own or other institutions or a request involving shared research instrumentation.

RUI Eligibility Requirements:

  • RUI proposals involving more than one academic institution are permitted, but one PUI must have overall management responsibility
  • Collaborations between PUIs and other organizations may be proposed; however, most of the researchers must be at PUIs
  • A PUI campus must be identified as the Primary Place of Performance
  • Each PUI must include a Certification of RUI Eligibility in the Supplementary Documents section of the proposal (available from the Dean of the Faculty)
  • An RUI proposal must include an RUI Impact Statement of up to five pages (contact Brandon Ice for sample copies)

As a PUI, HMC faculty PIs are encouraged to indicate every NSF proposal as an RUI proposal.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (sites and Supplements)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. The REU program seeks to expand student participation in all kinds of research — whether disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or educational in focus — encompassing efforts by individual investigators, groups, centers, national facilities, and others. The REU program aims to provide appropriate and valuable training experiences for undergrads, specifically through their participation in authentic and novel science and engineering research. REU students involved should be involved in projects that expose them to research either in ongoing research programs or projects or maybe side or connected projects related to active research that are designed specifically for the undergraduates’ participation. When evaluating proposals, NSF reviewers look for projects that feature high-quality interactions between students and faculty and their research mentors, sometimes graduate students, and of mentoring undergrads.

The annual deadline for REU site proposals is August 25, 2021

No deadline for REU supplements. Proposals can be submitted at any time to an existing award if you have an active existing award or as part renewal research proposal.

REU Site Eligibility Requirements:

  • A single individual may be designated as the PI
  • One additional person may be designated as Co-PI
  • Other anticipated research supervisors should be listed as non-co-PI Senior Personnel
  • Student participants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents
  • Students should be undergraduate students who have not received their bachelor’s degree
  • A significant fraction of the student participants should come from outside the host institution