Friday, September 2, 2022

Apply for the Taylor Student Project Fund by Wednesday, Sept. 21 and receive up to $500 to kickstart your project prototype

Do you have a great idea but need some money to get started? Apply to receive up to $500 from the Taylor Student Project Fund for a chance to have your personal project funded!
Apply for personal project funding!

Do you have a great idea but need some money to get started? University of Minnesota CSE students can apply to receive up to $500 from the Taylor Student Project Fund to fund a personal project prototype.

The first round of applications will be accepted until the end of day on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Proposals submitted before the Sept 21 deadline will be given priority. If funds are still available after the first round, new applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the money runs out. The sooner you apply, the more likely it is that funds will still be available.

Requirements and qualifications:
  • Applicants must currently be enrolled as undergraduate students in CSE.
  • Applicants may only apply once per semester. 
  • Project proposals cannot be related to student group projects, research, or coursework.
  • Projects must use prototyping equipment in the Anderson Student Innovation Labs. 
  • Projects must have some educational value or novel aspect for the applicant. 
  • Projects must contain some original work. CAD models, code, PCBs, art, music, etc. should all be original designs.
CSE staff and faculty, along with a representative from the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, will review the applications and award funds based on the following criteria: 
  • Educational value: Will the applicant learn something from this project? Is the project related to their major? 
  • Project scope/viability: How much experience does the applicant have? What is the project end goal and how much is the applicant trying to achieve during this round of funding? 
  • Originality: Is the project mostly original work or is the applicant just following an online tutorial?
  • Safety: Is the proposed project safe to work on in University facilities? Is the project end goal safe to operate? Does the applicant have a safety plan for potential hazards?
  • Does the project align with the mission and values of the University of Minnesota?
For more information and to apply, see the Taylor Student Project Fund application form. Additional questions should be directed to or you may call 612-301-3813.

Anderson Student Innovation Labs