The URI provides more than $100,000 annually in funding for student research and development, scholarly and creative, and competition-based grants. Our Eagle Prize or E-Prize Grants fund teams of students to develop material and attend regional, national or international competitions and for the implementation of new competitions.
Our Ignite Grants fund individual or teams of students to conduct research, scholarly, or creative projects with a focus towards presenting their work at professional conferences and publishing in scholarly and industry journals.
We also provide small Travel Grants for students to present their work at conferences. We have both academic term and summer term funding cycles. We have a team of dedicated faculty and staff mentors committed to assisting students with their projects.
Sophia Schwalbe is a Junior in Space Physics and has participated in research with LIGO to prove the existence of gravitational waves, first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. This research contributed to a project that went on to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2017. Read her blog LIGO Proved Gravitational Waves Exist and I Helped!
International student Trupti Mahendrakar from Bangalore, India makes graphene based composites for aircrafts and rockets. Graphene, a new material discovered in 2004, is known for its extraordinary chemical and physical properties. Learn more from her blog, Making Graphene Composites Thanks to URI
Exotic propulsion, astroparticle physics, and evaluating the detection of emotional responses. Explore the College of Arts and Sciences for more amazing research topics.
Wingsuit aerodynamic performance and design, software development for meteorological analysis, and aircraft icing through cloud parameterization are only a few of the research topics available in Aviation.
Topics of research for the College of Engineering include fatigue analysis of aircraft structures, space robotics, and aircraft design optimization.
Research interests for the College of Security and Intelligence include exploration of hidden processes of unforseen violence, international law and intelligence legal issues, and mitigating the threat of active shooters.