Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) Program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) Program seeks to increase the number and diversity of individuals pursuing graduate studies in all areas of biological research supported by the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences. Support will be provided to establish innovative programs to engage undergraduates in a year-round research and mentoring activity. Particular emphasis will be placed on broadening participation of members of groups historically underrepresented in science and engineering.

URM projects may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities. A proposal should reflect the unique combination of the proposing organization's interests and capabilities and those of any partnering organizations. Proposed projects are expected to create an URM program that will actively engage students in interesting and exciting research ideas, provide hands-on research experience, and develop their academic skills.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a statement of the proposed goals; 2) a brief description of the types of research projects to be involved; and 3) a brief description of program activities, including plans for recruitment, selection, and retention of students.


Up to a total of $1,000,000 for up to 5 years. However, funding beyond the first year is contingent upon satisfactory progress in the program.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2010

External Proposal Deadline:

March 1, 2011


URL for more information:

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at