JumpStart Research Grant

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NOTE: Please note you MUST remove your name from your CV/Resume when submitting your application, as this is a double-blind review process. This also means names of all authors must be removed from publications and/or presentations listed in your CV. 



This program is designed to give graduate students seed money (up to $500) to jumpstart their research endeavors. With the money, we hope graduate students will be able to complete pilot studies, programs for larger grant applications, or smaller fine arts and media projects. To be eligible for the Jumpstart Grants (during the Fall/Spring cycles), the principal investigator must be a graduate student in good academic standing and enrolled in at least 1 credit hour at Arizona State University for the entire semester in which the grant is awarded. To be eligible for the Summer Jumpstart Grants, the principal investigator must be a graduate student in good academic standing and enrolled in at least 1 credit hour at Arizona State University during the following fall semester (During the Fall 2018 semester if applying for the 2018 Summer grants).



  • To promote excellence in graduate education at Arizona State University;
  • To recognize and support quality graduate student research;
  • To provide financial support for research projects that are not eligible for other sources of funding or for which funding is difficult to obtain;
  • To provide financial support for startup projects, pilot projects, and small self-contained research projects (e.g. research leading to conference papers) that are not eligible for other GPSA or ASU programs;
  • To provide graduate students with experience in developing grant proposals; and,
  • To build Arizona State University’s reputation as a leading research institution.


Current ASU graduate students in good academic standing may apply for up to $500. All Graduate Students at Arizona State University, enrolled in at least 1 credit hour for the duration of the semester are eligible for this merit-based award.

You cannot submit an application with a co-applicant or co-author. Each student applies for their own independent project funding.


Fall 2018 Deadlines

Applications due: Thursday, November 1, 2018, by 11:59 PM AZ time
Awards announced: Late November 2018

Spring 2019 Deadlines

Applications due: Saturday, February 1, 2018, by 11:59 PM AZ time
Awards announced: Mid-March, 2019

Receipts for both Fall and Spring funding due: Saturday, June 1, 2019 by 11:59 PM AZ time (NOTE: exceptions for this deadline CANNOT be made under any circumstances)

Receipts for reimbursement due: Late April (date will be posted soon)

Late applications will not be considered. Electronic submissions are required. If you do not receive notification of your awards within the time-frame specified above, it is your obligation to inquire as to the status of your application.


Reimbursements will be granted for eligible purchases that occur between July 1, 2017 – April 28th, 2018.

Summer 2018 

Online application available: Saturday, February 19th, 2018

Applications due: Friday, March 30th, 2018 by 11:59pm

Awards announced: Late April 2018


Reimbursements will be granted for eligible purchases that occur between July 1, 2017 – June 30th, 2018

All receipts and proof of purchases will be due by July 15th, 2018***.

***NOTE: The July 15th, 2018 refers to the due date of receipts/proofs of purchase, not the end of the spending cycle. That is, any purchases/expenses that occur after June 30th, 2018 will NOT be eligible for reimbursement under the Summer Grants.



The grant will provide reimbursement for items on an applicant’s budget. However, the committee may decide to fund some items, but not all. This program will reimburse purchases made by the individual graduate student awarded the JumpStart grant. Original receipts are required for reimbursement. This program is intended for students’ small research-related expenses such as:

  • Printing/copying
  • Equipment rental
  • Materials and supplies
  • ***Biological supplies must be purchased through the applicant’s school or department. The department will then be reimbursed through a transfer (up to the award amount).
  • Tangible participant incentives – Cash equivalent for participant incentives (i.e. gift cards; $25 maximum per participant)
  • Professional services for data analysis, typing, transcription, or copying

*Team members/individuals cannot be paid for time put into research.


Expenses that are NOT eligible for reimbursement under this program include:

  • Equipment purchase (no laptops, no camera, etc.)
  • Purchases made by departments, faculty, or by other grant funds; scientific chemicals;
  • Travel (of any kind);
  • Tuition, food, or remuneration of time spent on project;
  • Terminal publication charges (thesis or dissertation);
  • Salaries and wages for research assistants;
  • Items or services that require the university to enter into a contract with any non-approved vendor; and
  • Any other expense prohibited by university policy or deemed ineligible by the program’s administrators.


Along with original receipts and documentation, award recipients must provide the GPSA Vice President of Internal Affairs a brief summary report (no more than 1 page is necessary) describing the project and how the funds directly benefited the project. Excerpts from the report may be used in future program materials as testimonials. The applicant must also complete a Request for Funds” form, also available in the GPSA business office. A separate form must be completed for each purchase.


All research carried out under the sponsorship of ASU is subject to all of the University’s research policies and procedures. In particular, investigators conducting projects that involve human subjects, laboratory animals, biohazards, recombinant DNA, etc., must obtain the necessary approvals before commencing work. Project PIs are solely responsible for obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for subject participation prior to GPSA project implementation. Applicants must submit a copy of their completed IRB form (if required) or IRB approval (or exemption) letter. For more information on ASU’s Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects), please visit their website.


All written products produced wholly or in part as a result of these funds must contain the following acknowledgment: This project was supported (or partially supported) by the Arizona State University Graduate and Professional Student Association’s JumpStart Grant Program. Awardees must also agree to present their research during Grad Appreciation Week.


The GPSA and its administrators are not responsible for technological failure. Technical support can be contacted by visiting the application website. The GPSA and its administrators are also not responsible for any lost, destroyed, or otherwise delayed applications; for any resulting loss or revertment of funds by their own negligence. Further, no awards are guaranteed and the GPSA Vice President of Internal Affairs may rescind any grant for any reason at any time without prior notification. Program guidelines are subject to change at any time, with or without notice.


By submission of an application, the applicant agrees that they have read and agreed to all the rules of the program and that the information on the application is true and complete to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.

How to Submit a JumpStart Application in ZoomGrants:

  1. Applicants must review all program guidelines and instructions.
  2. Once you have reviewed the program guidelines, you may start your Jumpstart Research Grant application. To do so, you will need to create an applicant profilein GPSA’s ZoomGrants application site.

First Time Users:

Click here to create a new profile in ZoomGrants

  • On the right side of the page, you will see an area called “New ZoomGrants Account” – Enter in your information and make sure to choose an email you want associated with your applicant profile.
  • You can use the same user profile for applying to any GPSA TRAVEL grant program.
  • You will only need to create a profile once

Note: For students who are also serving as reviewers (judges):

  • If you have a ZoomGrants judge profile from reviewing for a competition, but have never created a regular user profile, you will need to create a separate user/applicant profile with a unique email address in order to apply for a grant.

How to Start a New Application in ZoomGrants:

  • To start a new application, select the Travel Grant Programfrom the menu of open programs and then select ‘APPLY’. You will see this listed under the “Open Programs” section of the ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association Page.

You must be on GPSA’s ZoomGrants page to start and submit an application. You can only locate this page via this direct ZoomGrants link.

  • Applicants must complete and submit an online application before the submission deadline (see guidelines for specific dates and times).
  • Media and Fine Arts applicants must submit all portfolio materials in PDF format, uploaded within the ZoomGrants application.
  • Applicants should ensure that their budget is complete and fully justified.
  • Applications that are incomplete or are not submitted in accordance with the program guidelines will not be considered for this award.
  • Please note you MUST remove your name from your CV/Resume when submitting your application, as this is a double-blind review process.


Your application may be revised and edited on ZoomGrants until it is submitted. You must click submit in Step 4 before the deadline to be eligible. To edit a started application or begin a new application with an existing profile, please follow the steps listed above.

Confirm you have completed all of the steps below:

Step 1: Start a new application in ZoomGrants (First-time users must create a profile)

Step 2: Make sure to the select the appropriate program you are applying for (JumpStart) and designate whether your application has a 1)Research Focus or 2)Media focus.

Step 3: Answer all of the application questions on ZoomGrants.

Step 4: Upload your CV (and portfolio document(s) if you are submitting a media/fine arts proposal). Please note you MUST remove your name from your CV/Resume when submitting your application, as this is a double-blind review process. This also means names of all authors must be removed from publications and/or presentations listed in your CV.

Step 5: Review and Submit your application by the appropriate deadline

You should receive an email confirmation that your application was submitted. You should receive an email from notices@zoomgrants.com. Please make sure to safe-list this email so notifications do not go to your spam folder.

Integrity Disclaimer:

Please note that all applicants for any GPSA program must submit their own unique, individual applications to all GPSA-funded programs. Students are not permitted to take any portion of content from prior student awardees for any reason whatsoever. Any student caught using the work (in any portion) from another student or copying their own material from a prior application will be considered in violation of GPSA’s policy. Such action will prohibit the student in question from being eligible for the current application in consideration and may inhibit eligibility for future GPSA funding applications. In summary, each application must be your own original work.
Given that we are a student entity within Arizona State University, GPSA mandates that all students act within the university’s academic integrity policy found HERE.



View past award recipients


Director of Graduate Research: Roberto Rentería

Vice President of Internal Affairs: Sravani Vadlamani

Email: gpsa.research@gmail.com

Research Grants section of the GPSA Forum

Arizona State University
Graduate & Professional Student Association
Associated Students of Arizona State University
P.O. Box 873402
Tempe, AZ 85287-3402