Student Research and Innovation Grants
The Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) student research and innovation grants aim to support and motivate students to take an active interest in research, including to develop entrepreneurial skills and raise their qualifications.
How to apply
Applications for the grant are open two times per academic year (once per semester) for as long as financial resources are available.
Full-time and part-time students of regular undergraduate and master’s study programmes, or in residency may apply. Undergraduate and graduate students can apply in teams of 2-5. Medical residents can apply individually, or in teams of up to 5 people. The team is required to have a specialist of the field as a mentor. Prior to submitting an application, a team has to confer with, and agree upon all documentation with their mentor.
In order to apply for a grant, students must
- complete a project application form,
- fill out a project estimate,
- submit an authorisation by the Ethics Committee (if the study in question calls for authorisation).
The application must be sent to the Technology Transfer Office together with all the necessary documentation: tpkrsu[pnkts]lv
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the project, the logical structure, the deployment capacity, project quality and sustainability, and the project budget.
Frequently asked questions
- What is the amount of a single grant?
The amount of the grant is up to 4,000 euros. The minimum amount is 1,000 euros.
- Can I receive a grant if I am a medical resident or a master’s student?
Yes, full-time and part-time RSU students in regular undergraduate and master’s study programmes or in residency can apply for the grant. Teams can also be mixed.
To apply for a grant undergraduate and master’s students have to form a team of 2-5 members. Medical residents have to form teams of at least 1, but not more than 5 members.
- What ideas can I apply for the grant with?
You can apply for a grant if you have a research, or business idea and you need financing to realise it. In the 2021 spring semester, students with an idea in the field of dentistry are particularly welcome to apply.
- What are the criteria in evaluating applications?
The Grant Committee will evaluate the substantiation of the project, its implementation capacity, quality and sustainability as well as the budget.
The team can score additional points if team members are medical residents and the project is implemented via one of the following platforms:
- What conditions need to be adhered to after having received the grant?
While the project is being implemented interim reports must be submitted every six months detailing what tasks have been performed and are being planned. The interim report must be signed and commented by the team's mentor.
At the end of the project, an oral report must be given to the Grant Committee. The team mentor has to be present.
Depending on the type of project, teams have to schedule one of the following actions either during the project’s implementation period, or no later than two years after receiving the grant:
- for research projects:
scientific publication in an international scientific journal or database;
presentation of research findings at an international conference.
- for business ideas:
- presentation of the business idea at the RSU Business Incubator.
The Committee is entitled to suspend or terminate financing of a project for a period of time if one of the facts referred to in Paragraph 8.5 of the Regulations is found.
- for research projects:
- What happens if one of the team members decides to leave the team?
Not later than two weeks after the fact has been established, the Commitee has to be notified in writing regarding the change of composition of the team.
All situations requiring a written application to be submitted to the Committee, have been described in Paragraph 8.6 of the Regulations.
- What actions should be taken if the project is not implemented after having received the grant?
In any situation when the team feels that they are not able to fulfil the obligations of the project or the rules set out in the Regulations, and the situation can no longer be handled with the help of their mentor, the team has to address the Committee in writing.
All situations requiring a written application to be submitted to the Committee are described in Paragraph 8.6 of the Regulations.
- How do the grants differ from the funding to support science?
Student research and innovation grants provide funding for the purchase of materials or reagents as well as for representation expenses, including business trips which are intended for the presentation of the idea of the grant, presentation at a scientific conference or for publishing the findings of the study. It is possible to receive a grant in the amount of 1,000 - 4,000 euros.
Funding to support science, on the other hand, provides support only for the presentation of the findings of the study (up to 300 euros) and associated participation fees, travel and accommodation expenses or publishing in an international citation scientific journals (up to 600 euros). Also, support is provided to attending events related to professional competence (up to 300 euros).
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