Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid Research Program

Application deadlines:   March 15th & October 15th annually

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program awards grants of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. 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. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding. Research grants may be used to support scientific investigation in any field. Below is a description of the types of expenses funded by the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program.

Fundable Expenses:

  • Purchase of specific equipment necessary to undertake the proposed research project.
  • Travel to and from a research site.
  • Supplies specific to the proposed project not generally available in an institutional research laboratory.
  • Reimbursement for human subjects (psychology studies).

Expenses Not Fundable:

  • Travel to a scientific meetings or symposia
  • Educational programs, tuition, general room and board, textbooks, curriculum development.
  • Purchase of supplies and equipment considered standard and normally available in an institutional research laboratory (i.e. common laboratory chemicals, petri dishes, agar, data storage devices, pipettes, glassware, etc).
  • Salaries or stipends for applicants or assistants.
  • Manuscript preparation and publication costs.
  • Indirect costs or institutional administrative fees.
  • Requests for a third Grant-in-Aid of Research.

Funding Exceptions

The following expenses are not generally funded. However, an applicant who demonstrates a particular need may receive funding if a detailed justification is provided in the budget section of the application. Demonstration of support from the applicant’s institution or department for other aspects of the project may strengthen such requests.

  • Computer Equipment, software, digital phones, GPS and cameras. Note these items, if funded, remain the property of the institutional lab at the conclusion of the grant.
  • Institutional or departmental equipment use fees. Except in the fields of astronomy, mathematics and computer science, fees for using institutional or departmental equipment and facilities are not generally funded. Equipment use fees for astronomy, mathematics and computer science are generally fundable.
  • Transcription or analytical services. Except in the fields of astronomy, mathematics and computer science where transcription and analytical services are generally funded without additional justification.

For more information and application materials, see: