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Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant (CBURG)

All grants and programs in the Office of Undergraduate Research for the 2020-2021 academic year will not be updated until we receive further guidance and policy from the leadership and associated offices at the University of Virginia. We thank you for your patience.

For Students

Mission: Community based research seeks to foster collaborative partnerships between university researchers and the community, share knowledge among key stakeholders, and address social inequities.

Applications: applications for 2019-2020 are now closed. 

Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants will provide opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems. The grants are not limited to a single academic field. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged. Student researchers, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and in collaboration with a community organization, will identify a project that addresses a documented public need or issue. Student researchers will design a research project, adopt and deploy a research methodology embedded in an academic field(s), create a research product (paper, presentation, etc.) that benefits the community organization and meets expectations of academic rigor as agreed on by the faculty advisor and the student researcher(s).


Awards will be granted on a competitive basis. Please see attached application form. A budget of anticipated expenses including travel, living expenses, research supplies should not exceed $4,000. If research is a team project that includes graduate students and other undergraduate students, then the budget may not exceed $10,000. An honorarium of $1,000 will be awarded to the faculty advisor.

CBURG Recipient Projects

Selected Resources on Community Based Research