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Research Funding Opportunities


Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

Sigma Xi Award for Research Excellence
Recognizing outstanding graduate student research publications

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences strongly encourages he publication of research by graduate students in all of its degree programs. In order to recognize the best examples, The GSBS along with the UTMB chapter of the Society of the Sigma Xi, sponsor the Sigma Xi Award for Research Excellence.

The award is made twice a year. It recognizes papers on which a current graduate student is the primary (first) author. The award is intended to encourage graduate student research and publication. Recognizing that one of the barriers to publication is the rising cost of publication, part of the purpose of the award is to defray that cost. Hence, the amount of the award is variable, up to the publication cost of the article, with a $1000.00 maximum award.

Conditions of the award:

  1. A current graduate student must be the lead author of the paper.
  2. The award is given biannually.
  3. Eligible papers must have been accepted for publication after the last review date.
  4. Papers will be reviewed by a committee of faculty members drawn from the various programs. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three members of the standing review committee. Submissions are due two times per year (October 1, April).
  5. Winners are selected based on the overall impact of the work.  For example, an outstanding paper will have an impact beyond the investigator’s field; an excellent paper will have high impact within a specific field.
  6. Awards are given to the highest quality manuscript independent of PI funding.  However, since a major goal of the award is to encourage student publications, in the case of a tie the award will go to a paper which would otherwise not be published due to lack of resources.

Questions should be directed to Denise Reed in the GSBS.

National Research Council Fellowships

Outstanding fellowship opportunities are available from the National Research Council of the National Academies. These awards support postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent PhD recipients, and higher for additional experience. This is an opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best labs. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nations.

Sigma Xi Mission

To enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition.

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