Engineering student organizations participating in project-based competitions hosted by recognized professional engineering organizations may apply for the Jacobs School Dean's Office Matching Funds Program. Funds raised by the student organization will be considered by a selection committee for matching on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $4,000.

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Matching Funds Updates 11-28-17

  • We will now accept proposals for conference* attendance or conference* hosting
  • Expanding calendar year by adding TWO submission deadlines (1 Fall and 1 in Spring). This fills the summer-fall funding gap by providing an opportunity to receive awarded funds in July versus January.
  • Allow for leadership transition (outgoing and incoming organization leadership to collaborate on proposal and project plans) This is meant to help support smooth succession between years for your teams, especially important as managing dispersed teams over the summer is often a challenge for your organizations.
  • You can apply once a year by either deadline that suits your organization. Winter (Fri Dec 15, 2017) or Spring (Friday, June 8, 2018)
  • The maximum remains $4k. Please inquire with should you feel your need exceeds $4k.

*Conference: a symposium, think tanks, competitions, regional gatherings, etc. Please connect with questions.

If your team is searching for funds to do K-12 outreach. Please reach out to SPACES and if you're searching for funds for campus community development, reach out to either Associated Students or TESC.

Matching Funds Spring 2018 Cycle Timeline

Mon April 9th Spring 2018 Matching Funds Cycle Begins
Tues May 15th Drop-In Question Day at the IDEA Engineering Student Center (8am-4pm)
Wed May 23rd Drop-In Question Day at the IDEA Engineering Student Center (8am-4pm)
Fri June 8th Applications and Documents are due through online submission form and proposal PDF with detailed budget via email to
Fri June 22nd Matching Funds Teams notified of awards
Varies FINAL REPORT DUE* - 20 days after competition/conference date

Matching Funds Documents

  • Program Guidelines - Provides the rules and regulations governing the Matching Funds Program. By applying for Matching Funds, project teams acknowledge that they have read and understand these guidelines.

  • Sample Proposal 1 and Sample Proposal 2 - Note that these are provided only as examples of a complete proposal, including budget and faculty letter. Samples do not show the proof of funds which must also be included in your proposal.

  • APPLICATION - Due by Friday, June 8th via IDEA Student Center Website.

  • Sample Final Report 1 and Sample Final Report 2 - Note that these are provided as examples of a complete final report.

  • Matching Funds Executive Summary Template - All submissions must complete an executive summary. This document is very important as it provides direct insight to the evolution of your project or competition approach. Please keep summary documents to 1 page in length and submit with your Matching Funds application.


"If you have questions about the Matching Funds Program, or if you need assistance in creating your proposal, please contact Ryan Fane in the IDEA Student Center at or 858-822-3778."