Preparing and Submitting
Starr Research Grant Proposals and Claiming Funds

The Starr Research Program allows students to submit 2 types of proposals: a Starr Research Grant request for funding and Starr Research Review Only. Both types include feedback from Iowa scientists to improve the research project. Review Only proposals are not considered for funding. The submission form accepts either type of proposal.


Read the following tutorials to learn how to make a successful STARR Grant submission. Our reviewers must read many proposals so writing a clear concise grant proposal helps the reviewers evaluate your proposal favorably. A well written and organized proposal follows the IJAS format and uses correct grammar and spelling. It communicates your plan clearly making it easy for reviewers to understand. An important part of science is being able to communicate effectively with other scientists and the public. Take care when writing your proposal. It is a very important part of your research experience.

Notice: Projects which include use of human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous materials, biological agents, pathogenic agents, regulated substances, or human/animal tissues will require documentation that proper safety procedures will be followed. More information is available under "Writing a STARR Grant Proposal."

Step 1: Writing Your Starr Grant & Review Only Proposals

How to write your proposal.

Criteria used by proposal reviewers.

Step 2: Submit Your Proposal

Starr Grant Proposal Submission Deadline
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Access the submission form by clicking on the button below. The form must be completed in one sitting. You cannot save it and finish later. 

Step 3: IJAS Research Presentation Guidelines

The purpose of your presentation is to clearly communicate your research to your audience. All IJAS presenters are required to follow the IJAS Guidelines when presenting. 

Step 4: Claiming Your STARR Grant Funding

Once you complete your project and make your presentation it is time to claim your funding. Please follow the guidelines below.

Students who present at the IJAS Science Symposium or students writing Starr Review Only proposals skip this step. Starr Grant recipients who present at the IJAS Science Symposium automatically receive their grant funds.

1. Present your Research

Before Starr Grant recipients receive their check they must present at either a regional or the State Science and Technology Fair or at the IJAS Science Symposium.  A list of approved science fairs is found under Science Opportunities near the bottom of this page.

2. Provide Proof of Attendance

Students who attend a regional or state science fair (but not the IJAS symposium) must provide proof of attendance. Verification of participation could be a program, newspaper clipping, or photograph of you at your display.
NOTE: Starr Grant recipients who present at the IJAS Science Symposium are not required to provide proof of attendance or request reimbursement. They will be contacted by the IAS office staff about payment.

3. Request your Funding

Students needing to provide proof of attendance must fill out the Starr Grant Request for Payment form below. Unless otherwise indicated the check will be made out in your name and sent to your school or the address provided in your membership profile. For projects by two students, each student will receive a check for half of the grant award.  

Submit your claim for funds by the second Friday in May.   You may request your grant award any time after you have presented your project and before the deadline.  Please note that you are not required to submit receipts.  

It is the responsibility of the student to claim their funding award by the deadline. Starr Grant recipients who present at the IJAS symposium automatically receive their payment. 

Request for Payment Form

For Starr Grant recipients who present at a regional or the State Science and Technology Fair
but not the IJAS Science Symposium.

Click on the button below to submit your request for payment to the Iowa Academy of Science. Payments will be made after the IJAS Science Symposium

Please contact the IAS office if you have questions or problems.