Undergraduate Research Funding

Daytona Beach Campus

On the Daytona Beach Campus, Embry-Riddle students have several sources of funding for research projects, including the Spark Fund, Ignite Organization Grants, Internal Student Research, and other internal funding.

The Spark Fund is a pool of money available to undergraduate students on the Daytona Beach Campus. Students can apply once per academic year for up to $1,000, which can be used to fund a smaller research project, travel to a research conference, or cover other research-related costs. An application is available in the Forms section on the Ignite Initiative page of ERAU Connection.

Ignite Organization Grants are available to fund research projects of up to $10,000 for groups of students who are involved with research-based student organizations on the Daytona Beach Campus. The funding cycle runs though the fiscal year, from July through June, with the application process beginning in the spring semester. Once available, applications can be found in the Forms section of The Office of Undergraduate Research page on ERNIE.

Students may also apply for funding through The Fund for Embry-Riddle (the Annual Fund), a pool of money administered by a committee of professionals on the campus. The guidelines for requesting money, application, and follow-up process are located on the Student Affairs page of ERAU Connection in the Documents section. Requests to the Fund should not exceed $5,000, and the requester must also show other fundraising efforts in their application.

The Student Government Association also provides funding to clubs and organizations. Research-oriented student organizations can build requests for research funding into their funding request; requests are made through the organization’s page on ERAU Connection.

For help applying for funding at the Daytona Beach Campus, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at (386) 226-6424 or email

Prescott Campus

The Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) at the Prescott Campus provides over $100,000 in funding for teams of students to participate collegiate, national, or international design or research competitions (E-Prize), grants for students wishing to participate in research and innovation under faculty mentorship (Ignite Grants), and a small pool of funding to help students attend regional, national, and international conferences to present the results of their research and scholarship (Travel Grants).

The URI also assists students with identifying and applying for additional internal and external sources of funding. For more information please contact Anne Boettcher, the URI Program Director.   

Ignite Grants are available with up to $48,000 annually for students wishing to participate in research and innovation under the tutelage of a faculty mentor. Grant proposals are generally due in October for the current academic year and in February for the next year.