Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP)

About Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP)

The Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) allows undergraduates to gain valuable research experience, work with leading UCSB researchers, and simultaneously earn academic credit through special research assistance courses, 99/99RA or 199/199RA.

If you are interested in FRAP, please visit the directory. This directory provides information about current research projects, the faculty and senior researchers conducting the research, and the academic or other preparation necessary to participate in the projects.

Using the Directory

Faculty members who are willing to sponsor students in 99RA/199RA have profiles in the directory. The profiles are arranged by department, which will allow you to locate faculty members and senior researchers whose primary interests are in a given area of study. Since the research interests of faculty often intersect disciplinary boundaries, interdisciplinary projects are included in the directory. You may wish to look under several departments and programs to identify all faculty members who are conducting research that interests you.

When you are ready to communicate with a faculty member, keep in mind that most prefer personal contact. A faculty member’s departmental office can assist you in determining that professor’s office hours, specific contact information, etc.

Funding for Faculty

Faculty members who work with undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science have the opportunity to apply for a grant to support that student's research. To apply for funding, send a completed FRAP Grant Application Form as a Word document to urca@Ltsc.ucsb.edu. To be eligible for funding, the project must also be listed in the FRAP Directory. Please use the online submission form to create a listing.

For more information about funding restrictions, please see below. 

To add yourself to the FRAP directory, please complete the online submission form.

To apply for funding, send your completed FRAP Grant Application Form as a Word document to urca@Ltsc.ucsb.edu.

FRAP Grants to Faculty

Faculty members participating in FRAP are eligible to receive small grants to help defray research expenses involving College of Letters and Science undergraduates who have enrolled in the special research assistance courses (98RA/99RA/199RA) or regular independent studies (99/199) course. FRAP grants are restricted as follows:

  1. Awards are made once a quarter and are quarter-specific. The quarterly deadlines for submitting a funding request are listed below.
  2. Faculty must publicize their research projects in the FRAP Directory.
  3. Faculty may apply for up to 5 grants per quarter and will need to submit a separate form for each one. Funding for all 5 grants is not guaranteed.
  4. Each grant request has a maximum of $350 per student and requires the enrollment of an L&S undergraduate student in a 98, 98RA, 99, 99RA, 199, or 199RA course. 
    • Faculty have the option of applying for a two-quarter grant by applying once in fall to receive a total of $700 for fall and winter ($350 disbursed each quarter). In this case, the same student may be used for both quarters. This should be indicated in the funding request in fall. (There is currently no winter/spring two-quarter grant option available.) For more information please contact the office.
  5. Renewals of FRAP funding may be available beyond the initial grant; these renewals are pending fund availability and granted on a case-by-case basis. No student may receive FRAP funds for more than 3 quarters. 
  6. The funds awarded are to be used for project expenses, excluding salary, furniture, or computer or other hardware. Undergraduate research assistants may not be paid wages from this award. (Funding will now be approved for student travel expenses for research purposes.) 
  7. The funding must be used up by the end of the fiscal year (June 30) in which they are awarded. Unused funds must be returned.
  8. Faculty members applying for FRAP funding must be members of the Academic Senate. See listing by department here: https://senate.ucsb.edu/about/membership/

Funding Request Requirements and Deadlines for the 2016-17 academic year

Fall Quarter and Two-Quarter Fall/Winter – October 14, 2016
Winter Quarter – January 27, 2017
Spring Quarter – April 21, 2017

Apply Now for Funding

Funding requests must be made by the faculty mentor using the FRAP Grant Application Form. Completed application forms should be submitted as Word documents via email to the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, urca@Ltsc.ucsb.edu.

FRAP Grant award notifications are sent out approximately 10 business days following the deadline once the criteria for funding is confirmed, including verification of the student assistant's enrollment in an appropriate faculty-supervised research course.