Funding and Grants

Researchers seeking funding for a research project should start with the Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA). The Office can help faculty find internal research grants and other funding through online subscription services and search engines. The website provides links to numerous funding organizations and resources, and OSRA staff can help researchers make initial contacts and determine their eligibility to apply for research grants and other funding.

Projects may also find funding through websites such as, the FAA, Fed Biz Opps,, InfoEd (Smarts and SPIN), NASA, and the NSF. Researchers can also try professional associations such as the National Council of University Research Administrators and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals. OSRA staff can also help connect researchers with private industry funding sources.

In addition, the Office of Sponsored Research Administration compiles a list of funding opportunities for Embry-Riddle faculty. Faculty members who would like to receive this publication should email Brianna Gray.

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

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.

Students should consider applying for a fellowship or prestigious award as a way to fund their research. These externally-funded, merit-based scholarships and fellowships can help finance a research project, showcase a student’s work, and bring recognition to the student and the University. Awards and fellowships are also beneficial to employment prospects or admission to a Ph.D. program.

Scholarships and fellowships are highly competitive, however, and often come with a list of requirements and application processes. This means students who wish to apply for fellowships or awards should begin the process early and seek guidance throughout. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to offer this type of assistance.