Students Are Invited to Apply for Research Grants

February 14, 2019

Grants in Aid of Research logoThe Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been funding students’ research for nearly 100 years. The grants may be used for travel to a research site or to purchase nonstandard equipment for a specific project. Undergraduate and graduate students who would like to apply may do so at Due to an issue with the online application website, the grant deadline for the spring cycle has been extended to March 20, 2019. 

The Committee on Grants in Aid of Research, chaired by Peter J. Harries of North Carolina State University, selected 97 students for funding in the fall 2018 review period. This represented 12 percent of the applications received. The awardees were 17 undergraduate students, 24 master’s degree students, and 56 doctoral candidates from six countries. Collectively, they received $87,696. A list of the recipients is available at Sigma Xi thanks the 27 volunteers who reviewed the 810 applications in this cycle.

Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and donations allow the program to provide grants in a range of research categories. Some NAS funds are designated for up to $5,000 for astronomy research or up to $2,500 for vision-related research. The program is seeking more applications related to meteorites or space.

Donations to GIAR may be made at

Updated 3/18/19.

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