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Fuel: Empowering Student Ventures with Comprehensive Support

Application continuously open.

Every month is an opportunity to earn funding.

Up to $25K and other resources for student ventures and projects. 

Fuel represents CFE’s focused initiative to directly support student projects. It is aimed at student ventures or founders who are dedicated to the process of commercialization. These ventures should be actively pursuing achievable objectives, such as developing a minimum viable product, securing funding, making sales, and generating revenue. This program is open to both profit and non-profit initiatives, provided they have a well-defined subsequent task or significant accomplishment that can be realized within a single semester.


Student applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis, following this general schedule:

      1st Thursday       Submitted student applications are reviewed

      2nd Thursday      Teams will receive written feedback from the Decision Committee

      3rd Thursday       Invited teams will give in-person pitch/demo presentation

      4th Thursday       Monetary awards are communicated, up to $25K

Then, your team gets to work! Quarterly check-ins are required with the CFE staff.

Questions? Email: Nick Moroz

Application Process


If you’re getting ready to fill out the main application above, make sure to check out this link first: Project Pitch Template. It will take you to a handy tool you can use. Once you’ve got your pitch all set up using the template, you’ve got options: you can either upload the document in the file upload section at the end of the online application, or simply type out your project pitch directly in the online form. Whatever works best for you!


NSF Project Pitch – This is the model for your application

Comprehensive application example

Budget template