Is there a creative endeavor you want to undertake, or an original research project you would like to conduct? Do you want to develop or evaluate a product idea, entrepreneurial venture, or a service initiative? IDEA grants fund research, creative projects, and the development or evaluation of new or existing ideas. This is your chance to flex your creative muscles, innovate, and explore.
FSU undergraduate students in all majors can apply for an FSU IDEA Grant (formerly URCAA, MRCE, PRSF). Selected applicants will receive a summer stipend of up to $4,000 (or up to $6,000 for groups) to fund their self-designed work on a topic, project, problem, artistic product or performance, or other entrepreneurial or creative idea. Projects must last 8-12 weeks and be under the mentorship of a supervising faculty member. The project does not need to be tied to a student’s major or minor, but it should be guided by a student’s academic goals and future plans. Funds may be used for living expenses, materials, lost income from not working during summer, and/or travel. Projects must be culminated in oral, poster, or creative presentation at the annual President’s Showcase.
To view the IDEA Grant FAQ, click here.
ELIGIBILITY: All undergraduate students are eligible to apply (with a supervising professor) provided that they:
- Are enrolled at FSU at the time of application
- Will have completed at least 12 credit hours at FSU before accepting an IDEA Grant
- Will return to FSU as an undergraduate the fall following the summer IDEA Grant work
If you have any questions, please contact Kate Hayworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are grateful for the generous donors who have sponsored the following IDEA Grants:
- Michael J. Shaara Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award:
- This award was established by FSU alumna, Linda Lewis, in memory of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Michael J. Shaara, who made a lasting impact on her life. A charismatic teacher, Shaara taught at Florida State University from 1961-1973. His historical novel The Killer Angels, about the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction 1975. This award is for a student majoring in English or Creative Writing.
- David B. Ford Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award:
- Named for David B. Ford of New York, New York who is currently the President of DBF Associates, a private investment firm, and Senior Advisor to Gatemore Capital Management, LLC, a private wealth and institutional investment management firm. This award is open to all majors.
- Scott and Ina McNichols Undergraduate Research Award:
- Scott and Ina McNichols Undergraduate Research Award--Scott and Ina McNichols are both FSU alumni who have a deep desire to support research which provides an enriching experience for the student engaged in research who wants to better the community around them. This award is open to all majors.
- Helen Louise Lee Undergraduate Research Award:
- This award was established by Dr. Jim Lee in memory of his mother Helen who was a proponent of higher education and the ways it can help students enhance their lives. This award is for a student majoring in Biology.
- Nancy Casper Hillis and Mark Hillis Undergraduate Research Award:
- Mark and Nan Hillis are vibrant FSU supporters who want to support undergraduate research that embodies the Unconquered Seminole spirit. This award is open to all majors.
- Jack Saltiel Undergraduate Research Award:
- Dr. Jack Saltiel is a long time Chemistry professor at FSU whose teaching and research has made an impact on many of his students during his more than 50 years at FSU. One such student is Dr. Mark Wrighton, who established this award in Dr. Saltiel's honor. This award is for a student majoring in Chemistry.
- John W. Day III Undergraduate Research Award:
- John and Sally Day are retired educators and John is a two-time FSU alumnus who have long been fascinated by history and lifelong learning. They established their award to support students whose research is in the field of History, though they do not have to necessarily be History majors.
- Steve Madden Undergraduate Research Award:
- Steve is an FSU graduate in Engineering who is supportive of students finding their passion in STEM fields. His award is open to students in any STEM major.
- Phi Eta Sigma Undergraduate Research Award:
- The Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society established an undergraduate research award to support the research endeavors of students who are members of the honor society. This award is for Phi Eta Sigma members in good standing.
- Fred and Debbie Tresca Global Scholars IDEA Grant:
- Fred and Debbie are both FSU graduates whose international experience in the former Soviet Union shaped their world view and solidified their desire to support student travel to developing countries through the Global Scholars Program. This award is to support research projects of students engaged in the Global Scholars Program.
- Garnet and Gold Scholar Society IDEA Grant:
- With generous funding from the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, this award is open to students from any major who have already submitted their Garnet and Gold Scholar Society Intent to Participate with research selected as one of their three engagement areas.