Research/Creative Endeavor


A student applies a disciplinary or interdisciplinary methodology to investigate a specific hypothesis, problem, or question in collaboration with a faculty mentor and potentially others. The significance and originality of the research project should be such that the anticipated results could be incorporated into stand-alone or group presentations and publications.

Click here for specific information on the Roberts Endowment for Undergraduate Research in East Asia.

Creative Endeavors

A student produces substantial original works in any of various media, including film, television, theater; photography, painting, sculpture, and other studio art; play- and screenwriting; composition; musical and dramatic performance; and creative writing. Student artists ground their productions in systematic studies of art history, art theory, and the forms and media in which they are working, all of which engage traditional research methods. The student is self-directed in selecting the nature and scope of the project while working under the guidance of a faculty advisor or other professional mentor. Production of original work at an advanced level is the major focus of the project.

Grant Requirements:
  1. A Proposal (4-5 double-spaced pages) that includes:
    1. A 100-200 word Abstract describing the proposed project.  The abstract should introduce your project, the topic/question/issue that your project will address, and highlight your major goals.
    2. An Introduction that states: the proposed project; the topic, question, or issue that you wish to investigate; and the anticipated significance of the project in lay terms.  For creative endeavors, you should describe what art is being produced and the issue or problem it addresses.
    3. A Background that: explains the issues related to the project; a brief review of work that has already been done in the area of your project; and a clear, compelling rationale for the project.  You should demonstrate engagement with the scholarly literature and recognition of the gaps in knowledge and need for further study.  Therefore, in-text citations AND a short bibliography of relevant scholarship must be included in the proposal.
    4. A Project Design/Methodology section that provides a detailed description of the research methods or creative techniques that will be used and justification for this approach.
    5. A Student Credentials & Faculty Collaboration section that explains how you are qualified to undertake this project and how you and your faculty mentor will work together on the proposed project.
    6. A clear Statement of Research Goals section that explains what you hope to learn and what the outcome of your project will be. What do you hope to discover?  What knowledge or skills will you develop?  How does this project fit in with your academic or professional goals?  Will your project contribute to a senior thesis or capstone project?  Will you share your research by presenting at a conference or publishing in a journal? 
    7. Any additional information or items relevant to your proposal.
  2. A Letter of Recommendation from a supervising Notre Dame faculty member.
    • After you have submitted your proposal using the Common Application, the faculty member should recieve an email with instructions for uploading their letter. Faculty will not be able to submit their letter until after the proposal has been submitted. We allow a 5-day grace period beyond the deadline to receive letters of recommendation. Grant proposals for which we do not receive a faculty recommendation five days beyond the original deadline will not be considered for funding. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their faculty mentor uploads their recommendation letter in a timely manner.
  3. An itemized Budget using the approved CUSE student budget form
    • CUSE budget guidelines can be found here. The budget must be itemized and show all your calculations for figuring out each cost and a source to justify those calculations.  It is the student's responsibility to develop a budget that is complete and accurate. Students must submit their budget on URApply with the student budget form. Any changes to a budget after the project is awarded, such as transfers between line items, must be pre-approved by CUSE. 
  4. A completed domestic travel waiver if traveling within the United States. Students traveling internationally must register their travel with Notre Dame International.
    • *Please DO NOT complete the travel registry until you have received notification that you have received an award from CUSE (disregard the automated email that URApply sends requesting one). 
  5. Human subjects / IRB approval, if applicable.
    • Students engaging in research involving human subjects must complete research ethics training and submit a protocol to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval. Students who require IRB approval to conduct research must submit a copy of the approval from Notre Dame Research. Follow the link for more information on IRB and the training and submission process
Funding Limits:
  • Academic Year: $1500
  • Summer: $3000
Exceptional Research Proposal Example:
  • Click here for an example of an exceptional research proposal that requires Human Subject Research IRB approval. (Please note: this proposal is twice the required length of a CUSE research grant. If you can fit all of necessary pieces into the five page requirement, there is no need to write an extra long proposal). 
  • Click here for an example of an exceptional research proposal that does NOT require IRB approval.