Student Research

UD students make a major contribution to the University’s objectives of creating, synthesizing, and disseminating knowledge. There are lots of great opportunities for students to participate in leading-edge research at UD. Currently, some 700 undergraduates and over 4,000 graduate students are actively involved in UD research, working with their faculty advisers.

Information regarding training requirements for student researchers can be found at: http://research.udel.edu/training/

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship Program Workshop

The program recognizes and supports outstanding U.S. graduate students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering.

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Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Program provides opportunities to work on a wide range of research and creative projects in disciplines across the entire campus. Collaborating with members of the UD faculty, students undertake traditional research in the library or laboratory or engage in creative projects and community-based research. Opportunities range from taking part in a larger project as part of a faculty-led team to exploring personal research/creative interests with support from a faculty mentor. Explore the opportunities below.

 

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Graduate Research

The Office of Graduate and Professional Education works to support and heighten the visibility of our graduate students’ world-class research and scholarship. Explore the resources below to imagine the possibilities.

Grad Tuition Policy

Effective with proposals submitted on or after February 1, 2016:

  • Graduate tuition will be direct charged to all grants and contracts at a rate of 20% of the total graduate tuition
  • Exceptions to this Policy may be granted by the PI’s dean when the total funding available to the PI(s) for the project is less than $75,000 per year or in cases wherein the funding organization has a written policy precluding charging of graduate tuition to awards, and should be documented in the proposal approval routing form
  • In all cases, graduate tuition revenue collected via grants and contracts will be allocated to support research and/or graduate programs only
  • Please see Frequently Asked Questions on Graduate Tuition Policy
  • Questions about Graduate Tuition Policy? Please contact your Contract and Grants Administrator

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RESOURCES

Graduate Students as Principal Investigator

Graduate Students as Principal Investigators

The Research Office acknowledges the importance of permitting graduate students to lead sponsored projects where appropriate. There are several sponsors who offer pre-doctoral grants whereby the work is conceived of and carried out entirely by a graduate student. In these cases, a faculty member is identified as a mentor and oversees the project nominally. (examples: NASA: Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP), NIH: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, NIH: Predoctoral Training at the Interface of the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences, DOE: The National Methane Hydrates R&D Program - Graduate Fellowship Program).

To that end, the eligible PI approval form may be used at the time of proposal routing to permit the graduate student to have this role. Also, please have the department administrators ensure the graduate student’s supervisor code is associated with a chair and dean code. This will allow the proposal approval web form to be routed appropriately. The required completed form must be sent to the Research Office at least ten (10) working days before the deadline for submittal of the proposal to the funding agency.

There are still other sponsors for whom the need for submission and approval from an Authorized Representative of the University is not required. The student may submit these applications directly to the sponsor without coordination with the Research Office or a PI eligibility form (examples include: NSF Fellowship, Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching).

If there are questions concerning which type of funding the grad student is applying, contact the Research Office for guidance.

Principal Investigators Eligibility

Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators have primary institutional responsibility for providing scientific/technical leadership and administrative and financial management of sponsored projects. As such, the University has designated the following personnel as eligible to serve as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on sponsored projects*

 

  • All full-time faculty regardless of academic rank
  • Visiting faculty/visiting scientists during the time they draw salary support for the performance of the sponsored project through the University
  • Adjunct faculty during the time they draw salary support for the performance of the sponsored project through the University
  • Full-time, academic non-administrative professionals in classified positions at or above Level 31E
  • All full-time postdoctoral fellows* and researchers
  • Under exceptional circumstances documented in writing, other qualified individuals may be designated as a PI. Such designation requires the approval of the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation, and must be endorsed by the chair of every unit and the dean of every college in which the research project is to be performed. If granted, this PI designation is limited to the proposed research project under consideration, i.e. it does not afford blanket status to serve as a PI on other proposals. To qualify for an exception, the following criteria must be met:
    • Only individuals identified to the external sponsor as a PI or CPI in the submitted proposal need to have the PI eligibility approval form completed
    • The proposed research must be a programmatic priority of the University
    • There must demonstrably be no qualified member of the UD faculty who is capable of serving or available to serve as the PI
    • The proposed PI must possess the academic and experiential qualifications that are prerequisite to service as a PI at UD, and his or her participation as the PI must be demonstrably necessary for the successful funding and execution of the research project
    • The proposal PI must enter into a signed contract with the University assuring that (a) the work will be conducted in accordance with the high standards of quality expected of all PIs; (b) the PI will comply with all University policies relating to the conduct of research; and (c) the research project will be conducted consistent with all federal laws, rules, and regulations relating to the conduct of research
    • Completion of the Research Office PI approval form and submission of a curriculum vitae (CV)

Process for submission of PI Eligibility Form:
  • Form should be completed and all signatures obtained
  • CV must be included with form
  • Email the completed form and CV to your Contract & Grant Specialist who will obtain the required Research Office approval signature
  • Contract & Grant Specialist will return executed form to department administrator

* Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator status may be rescinded for cause.
*A PI approval form is required to permit postdoctoral fellows to serve this role


If an exception is made to make someone an eligible PI and that person isn't a full-time University employee, the chair or dean must be a co-PI on all proposals for that person.

Responsibilities of a Principal Investigator

Serving as a Principal Investigator (PI) at the University of Delaware brings significant rewards and confers concomitant responsibilities. PIs are responsible for the intellectual direction of research and scholarship and for the education and training of students. In carrying out these critical tasks, PIs are also responsible for compliance with laws and regulations that touch on all aspects of the research enterprise.

To ensure compliance with applicable rules, regulations, and contract requirements the University of Delaware requires all PIs to receive training in the financial management of sponsored projects. Developed for PIs already at the University, the University's training program focuses on stewardship of funds, mandatory reporting requirements and particularized training in the fundamentals of federal grant and contract accounting. PIs must complete mandatory training before the University will release project funding.

 

ASSISTANCE

Compliance Hotline
Phone: (302) 831-2792

UD Research Office
Phone: (302) 831-2136
Fax: (302) 831-2828

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