Grants & Funding

To inspire innovation and utilize our Grounds as a living learning lab, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to implement projects that advance sustainability both on and off grounds. UVA also offers scholarships and awards to support sustainability leaders and recognize the work of the many individuals at UVA working on sustainability efforts.

Funding Opportunities

Supporting innovative ideas is a hallmark of higher education at UVA. There are many opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to obtain funding for initiatives that advance sustainability.

Community-Based Research Grant (CBURG)

Community-Based Undergraduate Research Grants will provide opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real-world problems. The grants are not limited to a single academic field. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged. Student researchers, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and in collaboration with a community organization, will identify a project that addresses a documented public need or issue. 

Double Hoo Award

The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue research together. The program is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities throughout the University.  These collaborations provide opportunities for more advanced research for undergraduates and valuable mentoring experiences for the graduate student. Awards of up to $6,000 are granted to undergraduate/graduate pairs to be shared between the two at their discretion and used within one year. Faculty advisors receive $500 in research support. Grant recipients make a progress report and a final report to the Office of Undergraduate Research, and they present their research at a spring gathering. Beginning in Spring 2016, the program will offer a renewal process for pairs that plan to continue their work.

Equity & Environment Fund

The Equity and Environment Fund, supported by the Civic Engagement Subcommittee, is available for students/student groups for community-based initiatives or projects that sit at the intersection of equity, justice, and sustainability. Proposals are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the criteria for projects and how to submit a proposal. To see how proposals will be scored, see the Equity & Environment Fund Review Rubric.

GIFT Grant

The GIFT (Green Initiatives Funding Tomorrow) Grant is funded by the Student Council’s Sustainability Committee with assistance from the Office of the Dean of Students. GIFT has provided tens of thousands of dollars for student sustainability initiatives since 2011, allowing students to solve sustainability challenges on Grounds through innovation and creativity. See the 2019 GIFT Annual Report for previous projects. There is no deadline to apply as funding will be allocated on a rolling basis. Email completed applications to

Harrison Awards for Undergraduate Research

The University of Virginia's Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out in the summer following application for the award and the subsequent academic year. Approximately forty awards of up to $4,000 each will be granted on a competitive basis to current first-, second-, and third-year undergraduate students. Applicants must be full-time undergraduates at UVA and must remain enrolled at the University through the completion of their project.

The Jefferson Trust

The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Association, works to promote excellence throughout the University of Virginia by providing catalytic support to the University community for initiatives in pursuit of Jeffersonian ideals. The Jefferson Trust has funded several sustainability-related projects, including solar education programs, environmental education events and more.

Teaching & Research Seed Grants

The UVA Sustainability Teaching & Research Subcommittee has been awarding $8,000 seed grants to faculty members since fall 2016. Full-time faculty members may apply for a grant to support the development of a new (or significantly revised) sustainability-related course or to support a new sustainability-related research project. Requests for proposals go out in the fall and spring semesters. Here are the latest RFPs for Course Development Grants and for Research Development Grants. If the deadlines have passed, then we are not currently seeking proposals. Please check back at a later date or email with questions.


Udall Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2020, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.


UVA Sustainability Award

Do you know a student, faculty, or staff member at UVA who has gone above and beyond to make UVA a more sustainable place? Nominate them for the UVA Sustainability Award, an award set up to recognize the great contributions of the UVA community, to make UVA a leader in sustainability. Anyone can submit a nomination, but we do not accept self-nominations.

Submit a nomination »

Awardees receive

  • $500 award
  • Recognition at the SustainaBanquet in April
  • A locally made gift

Who's eligible?

Currently enrolled or employed UVA staff, faculty or student.

  • University Staff
  • Classified Staff
  • Medical Center Staff
  • University Faculty & Researchers
  • Students (undergraduate and graduate)

Selection Criteria

  • Outstanding contribution to the overall mission, objectives, and values of the UVA Sustainability Plan
  • These contributions have enhanced internal or public regard for UVA’s sustainability efforts.
  • Service has affected students, patients, other clients of the University, management, fellow employees, or the community


  • April 12, 2020 – Nominations deadline
  • April 17, 2020 - Winner notified