FSU IDEA Grants Application
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 $2,000 (or up to $3,000 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 of Undergraduate Research Excellence.
To complete the application an individual applicant or a team must submit a letter of recommendation request from the supervising faculty member, a project proposal, a budget proposal and how the project will deal with human subjects, if applicable. Each applicant must submit a personal statement and a request for a personal recommendation from a faculty member.
To formally complete each task you must press the green "Mark as Complete" at the end of each task. To submit your application you must complete all required tasks and press the green "Submit" button on the left side of your application screen.
IDEA Grant applications are due February 8, 2021, and are available here by signing up and logging in to the right.
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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
Lisa Scott Endowed Undergraduate Research Award: