URI Programs

NJIT offers several undergraduate research, innovation and design programs including McNair Research FellowshipsProvost Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships, URI Student Seed Grant ProgramNew Jersey Innovation Acceleration, and several capstone design programs across NJIT colleges. Several competitions focusing on innovation, research and design within and across disciplines have been developed for NJIT undergraduate students. These programs are offered annually to promote undergraduate research, innovation, and to educate these students on how to take future leadership roles and be highly competitive in the global market.

Photos from the 2021 URI Summer Research & Innovation Symposium

Undergraduate Research and Innovation (URI) Program

The Undergraduate Research and Innovation (URI) program has evolved as a significant part of the education and research experience at NJIT.  NJIT URI program includes the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Phase-1 and Phase-2 Student Seed Grant (URISG) program to provide students awards to pursue research or develop proof-of-concept prototypes. Awarded funds can only be used to order project supplies and prototyping through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Innovation. Awardees will present their progress reports in future URI workshops such as Innovation Day, Summer Research Symposium or other specific events.  Students may also apply their extended proposal to Provost Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships for summer stipend awards to continue working during the summer. ​Students are also encouraged to participate in the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge, NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) and other programs listed below.

Other Undergraduate Research and Innovation Programs

Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competitions & Showcases

URI Webinar on Research Innovation, Intellectual Property and Commercialization

Video: 2021 URI Webinar on Research Innovation, Intellectual Property and Commercialization


  • Atam Dhawan, Senior Vice Provost for Research
  • Sanjiv Chokshi, Assistant General Counsel for Patents and Intellectual Property 
  • William Lutz, General Manager, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization 
  • Daniel Henderson, Serial Inventor and Entrepreneur 

Brief Description: This webinar will focus on research and innovation protection for translation to market for real-world applications. The process and procedures for acquiring intellectual property including patents, copyrights and trademarks, trade secret protection, and pathways for licensing and commercialization will be discussed.