Call for Grant Applications

December 15, 2016

Grants-in-Aid of Research logoUndergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to Sigma Xi’s Gants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program by March 15. The application will be available by January 15 on Sigma Xi’s website at

The program provides up to $1,000 each to students in most areas of science and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for more funding in certain research areas. Astronomy research projects can receive up to $5,000, and vision-related projects may receive up to $2,500.

The grants may be used to pay for travel expenses to or from a research site or to purchase non-standard laboratory equipment that is needed for a specific research project. 

U.S. citizenship and Sigma Xi membership are not required to apply. Approximately 75 percent of the funds, however, are restricted for use by Sigma Xi’s dues-paying members or by students whose project advisor is an active member.

In last year’s spring grant cycle, 124 students in 10 countries received grants totaling $108,038.

Support the Grants-in-Aid of Research Centennial Campaign

The Grants-in-Aid of Research program will reach its centennial year in 2022, thanks to donors and funds from the National Academy of Sciences. A five-year countdown kicked off at the recent Sigma Xi Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. If you would like to support student research by donating to the program, go to

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety