The Continuing Researchers Support Program provides funding assistance for faculty and students who are seeking support for a semi-independent research project. Strong proposals for this support should include evidence of strong faculty/student collaboration, previous students research experience, and research in line with the on-going research of the faculty and in service to the university. This program requires cost-share by the faculty.


The student applicant locates a faculty member whose current research interests them and develops a research/work proposal. The faculty must be listed on the proposal as Principal Investigator and the student must be identified as the Co-Investigator. There is a formal application which must be filled out by the student and faculty member collaboratively. Submitted proposals are reviewed by a college committee. There are two funding periods: academic year and summer; however, the application cycle will be just once per year.

Students who participate in the Continuing Research Support Program are required to submit a report at the end of their experience to the Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Additionally, they must create and present a research poster at either the annual fall Experiential Expo or the Ag Days event held in May. Students may be invited to present their poster at an ARF meeting.  Students will also have periodic check-ins with the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Experiential Learning Coordinator.

Funds Available

$16,000 annually. Twelve proposals at $1000 will be funded for the academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring) and up to six at $700 for the summer per student. A cost-share of one-third of the funding must be supplied by the faculty through additional salary or supplies/services for the student’s research (detailed in the application). Funds are transferred directly to a faculty/department account and unused funds must be returned. Funds must support a minimum of 50 hours of work in the academic year and a minimum of 30 hours in the summer for the students. The remaining funds can be used for materials. A detailed budget is required as part of the application.


Full-time students who are at least sophomore standing (45 college credits) are eligible to apply. Strong candidates are students who can articulate previous research experience. Students can receive Continuing Researchers Support once for the summer and once for the school year. 

Faculty must be in the College of Agricultural Sciences or a partner program. New faculty, in their first two years at OSU, are encouraged to submit for funding and will be given preference.

Preference will be given to College of Agricultural Sciences students working with CAS faculty, but students outside of the College working with CAS faculty are also eligible to apply.

Review Process

The CAS Experiential Learning Program Coordinator reviews all proposals for eligibility. Incomplete proposals and proposals not following the guidelines (including font size, spacing and page limits) will NOT be considered for funding. Requests that qualify are competitively reviewed and evaluated by the CAS Undergraduate Research Support Committee. This Committee consists of the ARF Executive Director, a representative of the CAS Dean’s Office, and at least three college faculty representatives (2-yr rotations). The Committee provides a prioritized list of recommendations for funding to the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs for funding based on the quality of the proposals as reflected in the review criteria. The Assistant Dean of Academic Programs will make award decisions based on available funds.

Please submit your application by email to Christina Walsh, Student Engagement Coordinator or by dropping it off in Strand Agriculture Hall, room 147.