Dear Colleague Letter: Human-Environment & Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Research Experience for Graduates (REG) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

February 18, 2022

Dear Colleagues:

To advance the integration of research and education, the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) program in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) invites researchers holding existing NSF awards from the HEGS program to request a Research Experience for Graduates (REG) or Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplement. The purpose of the REG and REU supplements is to provide promising students in HEGS-related fields with opportunities for independent research while also encouraging principal investigators (PIs) to mentor students in cooperative, collaborative activities. This supplemental funding will provide up to $6,000 per student to support the cost of a HEGS student's closely mentored but independent research experience. Note that the goals of the research project should be closely aligned with the overall objectives of the HEGS program.

This opportunity is not limited to students at the PI’s institution. Special consideration will be given to opportunities for students at institutions that lack doctoral programs in HEGS-related disciplines and at institutions that receive NSF funding relatively infrequently. Investigators are especially encouraged to support research and mentorship opportunities for students at Minority Serving Institutions.

Whether a REG or REU supplement request, the proposed research should be the student's own research project; supplements are not intended to support research or clerical assistance for the PI. Supplements are also not intended to support analytical and linguistic training, except in the context of a research project. REG supplements should not be submitted concurrently with other requests for doctoral dissertation research support. Students seeking support for doctoral dissertation research should apply for the HEGS Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRI), information about which can be found at: Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (HEGS-DDRI).

Requests for REG and REU supplements to support student summer research projects are requested by March 23, annually, to allow adequate time for processing. Supplemental funding requests may also be accepted at other times of the year by contacting the appropriate NSF Program Officer in advance.

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Eligibility Requirements

REG and REU supplemental funding requests may be submitted by the awardee organization on behalf of investigators with an existing NSF award. The Principal Investigator (PI) must currently be serving as PI or co-PI on an active NSF grant.

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Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 23, 2024