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The Student Project Fund 2021 - Applications Closed



Has your university project been disrupted by COVID-19? Perhaps you no longer have access to the components, tools or facilities you planned to have at the start.




The Grass Roots Student Support Fund provides successful applicants with up to £250 in RS Components, tools and components, to help you continue your project from wherever you are!

The application is simple, tell us about the aim of your project, how you have been disrupted and what the fund could help you to achieve!

The Student Support Fund is helping Engineering students to #KeepOnEngineering – we believe hands-on prototyping and experimentation is key to your education journey and want to do all we can to help you develop innovations that may change the world.

We are looking for projects where the disruption to the practical element of your project will limit what you can achieve and the advancement of scientific and engineering understanding in your research area. Demonstrating how your project aligns with the UN Sustainable Development goals will help us understand the true impact of your project.


What’s on offer?

  • Up to £250 (inc. VAT) of products from RS Components – tools or components, whatever you need!
  • Exclusive webinar to guide you in how to promote the impact of your project to the wider engineering community and how to build your professional profile
  • Early access to professional development Super Skills classes from Grass Roots

What do we expect from successful applicants?

  • Provide us with the list of RS Components products you would like – within the timescales we ask, to help us get them to you as quickly as possible
  • Before we send your tools and components - Introduce yourself and your project - Produce a short and simple video that we can share on social media to introduce you and your project
  • After you have received your tools and components - Share your project's story with us on DesignSpark – produce at least one article on DesignSpark, showcasing your project!

Application criteria

  • You must be a registered member of DesignSpark, if you are not - register now
  • Aged 18 and over as of the date of entry
  • Enrolled on a full or part-time university-level engineering or technology-related programme.
  • Resident in the United Kingdom (we hope to bring the fund to other countries soon!)
  • Willing to provide the requested content about you and your project, see what do we expect above.

Judging Criteria

Your application to The Student Project Fund will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Impact of your work on your chosen area of research
  • Access to facilities and equipment – how has your access been impacted and what impact has this had on your project
  • Vision for how the fund will help you

Limited funding is available, so ensure you complete the application fully!


  • Applications open - 1st February 2021 09:00 GMT
  • Applications close - 21st February 2021 23:59 GMT
  • Successful applicants announced - 1st March 2021


What are the selection criteria for the Student Project Fund and who will be part of the panel?

  • The selection panel will be made up of employees from across RS Components who will judge your applications against published selection criteria.

I am working on a project outside of my university studies, can I apply?

  • The Student Project Fund is supporting projects directly related to students university programmes. If you are working on something else and would like to share what you are doing with us, complete the form and tell us about the project. There may be other opportunities in the future!

Does it matter if I am a team or an individual?

  • Project teams or individual innovators are equally eligible to apply! Please let us know which you are in the application.

I am not studying at a university in the UK, can I apply?

  • We are working hard to bring the Student Support Fund to other areas of the world. Register your interest on our application form and we will be in touch if we are able to bring the Student Project Fund to you.

You want me to share the story of my project, do you have any examples of what others have shared on DesignSpark?

I am compiling my list of tools and components - do you have any recommendations?

I have another question, who can I ask?


Grass Roots works with DesignSpark, RS Components and other members of the Electrocomponents group to support the development of young engineers around the world!
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