Student Team Members Can Apply for Follow-on Research Funding

January 8, 2018

Follow-on awards

Deadline and Submission

Proposals should be submitted using this online form by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Bass Connections brings together faculty and students—from all levels and schools—in interdisciplinary research teams. Faculty, graduate/professional students, undergraduates and postdocs apply their skills and perspectives to generate creative solutions to complex problems in five theme areas. In addition to more than 45 project teams each year, Bass Connections offers curricular pathways to complement a student’s major or program of study. As part of our support for these curricular pathways, Bass Connections provides limited funds to support students who wish to continue some aspect of their team’s work through a follow-on research project.

Follow-on research funds of up to $3,000 are available to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed (or are completing) a Bass Connections project team and propose to continue some aspect of the team’s work through a faculty-mentored research experience. We anticipate awarding funds to at least six projects, with a preference for group projects. Funds may support travel, equipment or other needs associated with the research project, and may be used from May 2018 until May 2019. View previous awardees from 2016 and 2017.


Graduate and undergraduate students who are currently participating on a Bass Connections project team, or have previously participated on a Bass Connections project team, may propose research experiences. Students must be enrolled during the period of the grant, and students who have previously received a follow-on research grant may not apply again.

Proposal Criteria

Proposals should be no longer than five pages and should be submitted as a single Word or PDF document using this online form. Proposals are due Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET and should include:

  • A brief narrative that articulates the goals of the research, how it connects to the Bass Connections project team experience and how it fits with the student’s overall academic and professional plan.
  • A brief plan of how the research will be conducted, including a timeline for key activities. If the proposal is for a collaborative research project, list all members of the team and describe how team members will work together.
  • A budget plan (up to $3,000) and timeline for use of the funds. Please list all other sources and amounts of support for the research project, both confirmed and anticipated/applied for (if applicable).
  • A letter or e-mail from the faculty mentor and, if a different person, the Bass Connections team leader in support of the research proposal (can be submitted as a separate attachment, if needed).

Review and Selection

Proposals will be reviewed by the Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council and Bass Connections leadership. Decisions will be announced by March 30, 2018 and funds will be awarded as appropriate to the timing of the project. Awardees will be expected to provide a summary of their progress by no later than April 30, 2019. The Bass Connections program team may also check in with you during the course of your work to request a short update or reflection on the impact of the grant on your research.


Laura Howes, Director, Bass Connections; (919) 684-9021