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Welcome to the application page for IDEA grants. 

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.


IDEA Grant applications are due January 31, 2018, and are available here by signing up and logging in to the right. Once you enter the site, click the "View Awards" button to enter the IDEA Grant Application. 

Here are some other helpful resources:

Funded IDEA Grant Projects
Example proposals
PDF of IDEA Grant Application Form
PDF of IDEA Grant Personal Statement Prompt

IDEA Grant FAQs 


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

    Selection criteria include the student’s academic record and achievement, initiative, expression of academic and career interests, the project’s feasibility and intellectual merit, and the possible benefits of the project to the community in question (if applicable). Applications require two letters of recommendation from faculty members (or three or four letters depending on group size). 


We are grateful for the generous donors who have sponsored the following IDEA Grants:


Michael J. Shaara Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award

David B. Ford Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award

Scott and Ina McNichols Undergraduate Research Award

Helen Louise Lee Undergraduate Research Award

Nancy Casper Hillis and Mark Hillis Undergraduate Research Award

Dr. Jack Saltiel Undergraduate Research Award

John W. Day III Undergraduate Research Award

Steve Madden Undergraduate Research Award

Phi Eta Sigma Undergraduate Research Award

Fred and Debbie Tresca Global Scholars IDEA Grant
Garnet and Gold Scholar Society IDEA Grant
Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Creativity and Innovation Fellowship