VCU Rice Center

Researchers at the Rice Center


Student Research Funding

Request for proposals
Submission deadline: April 1

The Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences is soliciting graduate and undergraduate student research proposals that will advance the Rice Center’s mission in environmental science, health and education. Research grants up to $1,000 (undergraduate and graduate students) or $1,500 (Ph.D. students) may be used to purchase supplies and equipment, defray related travel expenses, and possibly to provide partial summer stipends. Eligible research activities are field studies conducted at the Rice Center property inclusive of the tidal James River, its tributaries, and associated riparian and upland landscapes in the vicinity of the Rice Center. Projects that involve nearby public lands owned by Rice Center partners, such as the USFWS and VDGIF, are also encouraged. Collaborative projects are encouraged and students may submit joint proposals. In the case of joint submissions, the total funds requested should reflect the number of students involved (e.g. a joint submission by two graduate students could request up to $2,000). Within the proposal narrative, students should specify their individual contributions to the overall project.


Applications must be received no later than April 1, and should include a cover letter, a brief proposal (maximum of five pages) that includes project title, introduction, objectives or hypothesis, methods or approach, expected results or benefits, schedule of activities and a detailed budget. The budget should include total project expenses, not just those being requested from Rice funds and how those additional funds are to be covered (e.g. other grants to the student or PI). In addition, applicants must include a letter of support from a VCU faculty adviser and unofficial transcripts, and must be enrolled in a VCU degree program at the time of submission. Award decisions will be made no later than May 1. For more information on submissions, contact Cathy Viverette at

Submit applications

Please submit one electronic copy (PDF format) of the proposal to:

Cathy Viverette
VCU Center for Environmental Studies
Trani Life Sciences
1000 West Cary Street
P.O. Box 843050
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3050
Phone: (804) 828-2428