The Da Vinci Grant Program


The Colleges of Arts and Letters and Science welcome the submission of proposals from undergraduates who wish to carry out interdisciplinary research or creative projects during the summer (2017). Students may independently design their projects or propose a project related to some aspect of their faculty mentor's research. The maximum award per student is $4500, which may be used for travel, living expenses and the purchase of research materials. Funding for the purchase of computers, cameras, and other electronic equipment will not be provided.

Examples of eligible projects might include application of statistical analysis or computer modeling to history, economics, or anthropology; the creation of a documentary featuring some aspect of science or engineering; or the integration of biological and psychological perspectives on cognitive science. The fund is interested in projects involving such areas as science writing; design and mechanical or electrical engineering; theoretical physics and philosophy; sociology and bioinformatics; cancer biology and psychology; economics and sustainable energy; environmental science and political science; and science and literature in the popular media.

Students working with faculty outside the College of their major are also encouraged to apply and should articulate how the research will enhance the interdisciplinary nature of their undergraduate research experience. For example, design students should explain why working with engineering faculty widens their array of potential projects; engineering students should explain how working with faculty studying cancer biology makes accessible to them different areas of research.  

For those projects requiring the use of non-ND lab space, an additional letter of support is required from the sponsoring lab.

Eligibility: Undergraduates in the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Letters, or Science, particularly those with interdisciplinary interests or majors or minors in multiple Colleges are eligible to apply. Students may work alone or in teams. For those applying as a team, the group should have a designated faculty sponsor who can act as a project consultant. This project consultant must confirm their willingness to perform this function by emailing Team members should submit letters of recommendation that confirm their ability to carry out their designated tasks (e.g. the team member tasked with translating should request a letter of recommendation from a language professor; a team member tasked with writing code should request a letter from a professor in computer science.)   

Guidelines:  Applicants should submit a project description, budget and letter of recommendation (for each applicant even if applying as a team) through Student Grant Network. Please consult UROP Proposal Requirements for Academic Year and Summer Submissions for more specifics.  Please note: Proposals involving travel to countries for which a State Department travel warning has been issued will not be considered unless the student is traveling with a University of Notre Dame faculty member.  Applicants must inform Therese Blacketor, Student Program Coordinator for the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), if they have also applied for Kellogg or Kroc summer grants.

Awarding of the grants will occur through collaborative assessment by ISLA in conjunction with the Colleges of Science and Engineering.  

Deadline: March 20, 2017

See UROP Grant Post-Award Requirements for final report guidelines.

For more information, please contact Karla Cruise (, Assistant Director for Student Programs, College of Arts and Letters, or Dom Chaloner (, Undergraduate Research Coordinator, College of Science.