2017 Undergraduate Research Dissemination Fund Program Guidelines

The Undergraduate Research Dissemination Fund (URDF) is designed to expand students’ experience in disseminating undergraduate research.

Competition Deadlines

Winter 2017 Application Deadline:   Wednesday, March 1, 2017* (CLOSED)
Fall 2017 Application Deadline:        Friday, September 29, 2017* (CLOSED)

*Applications will not be funded retroactively, therefore, events must take place during the following periods:
Competition Deadline            Event Dates     
March 1, 2017April 1/17 - October 31/17
September 29, 2017November 1/17 - March 31/18

Applications must be submitted through the ROMEO Researcher Portal by midnight on the submission deadline days. Competition results will be announced 4-6 weeks from the submission deadline. 

Program Opportunities

Students may hold one URDF award in an academic year. The maximum value of an URDF award is $1,500. URDF awards are allocated through the reimbursement of actual expenses related to the applicants’ attendance at the approved event. Expenses must be incurred in accordance with applicable Mount Royal University travel guidelines

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered, applicants must:
  • Normally be enrolled in full-time studies (minimum of three (3) courses) at MRU at the time of application
  • Have an academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Be working under the supervision of an MRU faculty member (for the assignment, course work, special project, thesis work or independent research project being presented)
  • Have identified a conference they wish to attend (acceptance required for release of funds)
  • Be presenting research (poster or oral)
  • Have ethics approval in place to conduct and disseminate research (e.g. HREB approval) if relevant 

Evaluation Criteria

The Undergraduate Research Working Group (URG), in participation with the Research and Scholarship Standing Committee (RSSC), will oversee all incoming applications and allocate funds according to the following criteria:
  • Completeness: Are all sections completed as requested
  • Ability to communicate the rationale for attending conference
  • Plan to bring experience back to the MRU community
  • Clarity and focus in application; a clear indication of the conference and the role of the student
  • Budget justification (detailed, well thought-out, reasonable) 

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the ROMEO Researcher Portal by midnight on the submission deadline days. For detailed instructions, see Submitting an Undergraduate Research Dissemination Fund Application

Things to Remember


  • Student applications will require MRU registrar-issued transcripts (non-official but issued by registrar is acceptable).
  • A copy of your event program is required. If a program is not available, please provide the website link.
Still have questions? Please contact Melissa Deane at for further assistance.