Grants in Aid of Research Program


Application Deadlines

Spring cycle: March 15
Fall cycle: October 1

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The Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from most areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

Questions About the Application Process?

Watch this Question and Answer video with reviewers answering commonly asked questions.

Learn How to Submit Your Best Grant Application

Watch a recording of Sigma Xi's Google Hangout, "How to Submit Your Best Grant Application," to learn about the Grants in Aid of Research application review process. Speakers Peter Harries, chair of the GIAR Committee, and Emma Perry, member and former chair of the committee, took questions from the audience. Kevin Bowen, former GIAR program manager, also answered questions about the application. 

Research Categories Funded by GIAR

  • Anthropology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Cell Biology/Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Climate Science
  • Computer Science/Mathematics
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Hydrology/Geomorphology 
  • Paleontology/Sedimentation
  • Petrology/Geochemistry
  • Physics/Astronomy
  • Physiology/Functional Morphology
  • Psychology
  • Systematics/Evolutionary Biology
  • Tectonics/Geophysics

Sigma Xi's commitment to diversity:
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, affirms that to have a positive influence upon the future of scientific research and the world of the twenty-first century, it must be committed to opening the scientific and engineering community, as well as Sigma Xi itself, to all persons without regard to characteristics such as age color, creed, cultural backgrounds, gender, national origin, physical disability, race, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation.

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Read stories from recipients about how the grants transformed their research experiences, what they were able to achieve, and where they are now.