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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can apply?

All full-time or part-time undergraduate students may apply for SURF funding to support independent research or creative projects. Although a faculty advisor is required, projects do not have to relate to specific courses or to major or minor studies. We encourage innovative and interdisciplinary research proposals that cross traditional academic boundaries.

How do I apply?

Before submitting an application, please be sure to see our Application Resources page. Completed applications must be saved as a PDF attachment file and be sent via e-mail to SURF Coordinator, Professor John Hood at jh67@txstate.edu

As of January 1, 2013, SURF will be accepting proposals three times during each each fall and spring semester. Below is a list of the upcoming SURF deadlines for the current semester.

Grant Writing Workshops

All students who intend to apply for SURF funding are strongly encouraged to attend the SURF Grant Writing Workshop. 
The workshop introduces students to the grant application process that they will use throughout their professional careers to seek funding for research, non-profit activities, and for creative commissions. The grant writing process is a simplified composite of the applications, reviews, and reporting standards used by many funding organizations, including most major foundations as well as state and U.S. government agencies (including all of the federally funded endowments).
The SURF Workshop first presents an overview of the grant application process, the terminologies, and the best practices used in grant writing; then discusses a successful grant application and concludes with questions and answers relating to ideas for project proposals. In addition to preparing applicants for the SURF proposal, this workshop introduces the procedures for conducting research, budgeting grant funds, and presenting a final report.

How much can a student be awarded?

The maximum award is $1,000. Develop your budget proposal carefully; our review panels look for the effective use of funds for the largest number of projects. “Padded” budgets and “guesstimates” can result in a rejected proposal. We welcome cost-sharing proposals that can bring matching funding from other sources.

What will S.U.R.F. fund?

SURF funding may only be used for equipment, tools, supplies or services required to conduct a project. SURF funding may be used for travel to conduct research, but not to present a paper at an external conference. If you are searching for funding to present your research at a conference, please see our page, "Funding your Research" for ideas on where to get this kind of funding. You may also want to apply for the Rising S.T.A.R. grant, or contact Honors@txstate.edu to inquire if Honors currently has funding available to send students to conferences.

See examples of the kind of research S.U.R.F. has funded in the past: 

Previous S.U.R.F. Winners


When is the deadline?

Applications will be reviewed and funded during each regular long-term semester. There will be 3 opportunities each semester to apply for funding. Proposals submitted by workshop attendees at least two weeks before the application deadline will be given a preliminary review. Comments during this initial review are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, but applicants might find this preliminary review helpful in revising and strengthening their applications before the final submission deadline.

For this semester's deadlines see our page, About S.U.R.F.