Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU)

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Two due dates are listed for REU Site proposals each year. The May deadline applies only to REU Site proposals that require access to Antarctica, which must be submitted to one of the Antarctic Sciences Division (ANT) research programs in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). The fall deadline (which is September 12 in 2012, and the fourth Wednesday in August in 2013 and beyond) applies to all other REU Site proposals.

Due Dates

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  May 23, 2014

  • Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.
  •  Fourth Friday in May, Annually Thereafter 

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  August 27, 2014

  •         Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica
  • Fourth Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter

Synopsis

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1)REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.


Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

Educational Opportunity

This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students . This program provides indirect funding for undergraduate students to participate in research. To inquire about possible funding opportunities, please contact the organizations that have received awards. (Do not contact NSF.) A directory of active REU Sites, along with contact information, can be found on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

Contact Details

NSF REU Site Contacts: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_contacts.jsp

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