Research Grants

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a competitive grant program managed by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. UROP awards support original student-driven research, creative, and other scholarly activities under the mentorship of a CU Denver | Anschutz faculty mentor. Full grants of up to $1200/student are awarded each spring. Mini grants of $500 are awarded each fall.

2020-2021 Deadlines

Fall Mini Grant Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Spring Full Grant Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021, 5:00 p.m.


  • Who's eligible?
    • Degree-seeking undergraduate students
    • Completed a minimum or 15 semester hours of coursework
    • Cumulative GPA or 2.5 or higher
  • Who's not eligible?
    • Students entering a graduate or professional program during the award period
  • Tuition isn't covered, UROP grants aren't scholarships
  • All UROP awardees are required to present the results of their grant at the CU Denver annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) and complete a final report

Types of Projects

UROP supports projects across all fields of study and we love to see creative approaches to understanding everyday problems. Recently funded projects include:

  • Analyzing the effects of common pesticides on Japanese beetles and bees in the Denver metro area
  • Understanding how the use of anthropomorphism, the assignment of human characteristics to animals, creates more impactful storybooks
  • Designing a high-speed, vacuum-compatible electric vehicle to take part in the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

Want more ideas? Visit the Grant Project Archive or Virtual RaCAS to see what other types of research undergraduates are engaged in at CU Denver | Anschutz.

Getting Started