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.
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
- Behavioral Ecology
- Cell Biology/Biochemistry
- Climate Science
- Computer Science/Mathematics
- Conservation Biology
- Physiology/Functional Morphology
- Systematics/Evolutionary Biology