The Uses of a Research and Innovation Grant

Compensation for research: Students awarded a Research and Innovation Grant who are appointed as Undergraduate Research Assistants are compensated at a maximum pay rate of $10.00 per hour.

Internships/service learning: Students awarded a RIG who are hired for an unpaid and non-credit bearing internship or service learning position are compensated at a maximum pay rate of $10.00 per hour. All service learning positions must be certified by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. Find out about the certification process here.

Academic credit: RIGs will not pay stipends for work that is simultaneously awarded academic credit during the academic calendar year (September - May). RIGs can be used for work that either precedes or follows work that is awarded academic credit.

Equipment and materials associated with research: Students may use their grant to purchase equipment and materials related to the research topic they are pursuing. Any equipment or materials purchased that have a value greater than $500 remain the property of the University of Rochester. This may include books, manuscripts, subscriptions to journals/periodicals, scientific equipment, audio and video equipment, and other materials approved by the RIG Panel.

Conference travel: Students who attend professional conferences and presentations related to their proposed topic of study can use their grant for associated domestic travel and lodging costs.

Travel in pursuit of fellowships: Students competing for fellowships and internships relating to their research can use their grant for domestic travel and lodging associated with the interview and hiring process for the position.

Research experience abroad: Grants may be used for costs associated with research and experiential learning experiences outside the United States. Students participating in programs of study and research occurring during the academic year may use their grant for travel costs associated with their research. Students participating in programs of study and research occurring during the summer may use their grant for costs associated with travel and the pursuit of academic credit.

University of Rochester students planning to study or do research abroad are advised to consult the University's policies on travel to areas on the U.S. State Department's Travel Warning list. More information about these policies and the countries involved is available here.

Human subjects: All research and creative activities at the University of Rochester are subject to federal and state laws and regulations. All research involving human subjects requires Institutional Review Board approval. Information is available here.

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