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The Student Project Fund 2022 - South Africa! - Applications CLOSED



Are you a university student/group currently studying in South Africa working on a project and want to take it to the next level?

Enter our Student Project Fund for the potential to win components, tools, and accessories you require to bring your project to life!

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The Grass Roots Student Project Fund provides successful applicants with up to R5000* in RS Components, tools, and components.

The application is simple, tell us about the aim of your project, how the fund could help you achieve your objectives, and the proposed impact to the industry if any.

The Student Project Fund is helping Engineering students to become work-ready – we believe hands-on prototyping and experimentation are 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 addition of a practical element will improve what you can achieve. We are particularly interested in seeing how your project might align with the UN Sustainable Development goals.

What’s on offer?

  • *Up to R5000 (inc. VAT) of products from RS Components – tools or components, whatever you need!
  • An exclusive interactive workshop to guide you in how to promote the impact of your project to the wider engineering community and how to build your professional profile.

What do we expect from successful applicants?

  • Submit your application
  • Sign our simple agreement
  • Send us a video introducing yourself and your project
  • Order your products
  • Create your content on DesignSpark

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 in a full or part-time university Engineering or Technology- related program.
  • Resident in South Africa

Judging criteria

Entries shall be judged against the following criteria:

  • Impact of your work on your chosen area of research
  • Access to facilities and equipment - level of impact the physical/experimental aspect will enhance the project
  • Vision for how the fund will help you

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



Previous Winners Example Articles





IMechE UAS Challenge


Handprints e-NABLE

Assistive Device and 3D Printing

University of Glasgow


Hybrid Rocket Control

Loughborough University


Mould Making for localised plastic recycling

Imperial College London


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

  • The Student Project Fund is there to support university students to become work-ready through gaining practical skills as they complete their projects. If you are working on a personal unassessed project alongside your studies you are eligible to apply provided you meet ALL the other requirements.

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 one you are in the application.

I am not studying at a university in South Africa can I still apply?

  • Unfortunately not - we are working hard to bring the fund to other parts of the world.

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

I have another question, who can I ask?


RS Grass Roots is the Education & Community Impact team at RS. Grass Roots champions young engineers with exciting opportunities to nurture the next generation of outstanding innovators! Industry now demands graduate engineers with not only the knowledge but crucially the skills and practical experience to solve real problems and create new designs. Whether you are an academic working to enhance the educational experience or a student tackling your latest project - RS is here to help.
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