The Baquerizo family generously provided funding to challenge Duke undergraduates to pursue ambitious applications of technology
Each year, up to $20,000 is awarded to undergraduate-led teams who aim to go BIG. Award amounts vary.
The Baquerizo Innovation Grant (BIG) program seeks proposals for a new product or service that could have a highly positive and transformative impact on people’s lives.
- Are open to undergraduate students
- Last one year
- Support prototyping and testing
Important 2020 Dates
- January 20: BIG grant application opens
- March 6: Application deadline
- Late March: Finalists notified
- Mid-April: Finalist presentations to the Review Committee
- Late April: Grant awards announced
Each spring, applicants submit:
- Resumes for each team member
- A research proposal, up to 5 pages
- A Letter of Support from a team mentor
Applications will be taken in spring 2021
"BIG offers significant funding—helping a project progress to a stage where it's ready for investment."
SAM FOX E'18
BAQUERIZO INNOVATION GRANT WINNER
Uses 3D printing and energy absorption technologies to produce custom-fitting devices aimed at improving player safety in high-contact sports. Led by Kevin Gehsmann, Clark Bulleit and Tim Skapek.
Developing a device dubbed “remedy” to raise sleep awareness in centers of care to prevent adverse outcomes associated with sleep deprivation. Led by Robin Maganti, Kamyar Yazdani, Abhi Jadhav and Alice Chung.
Grant funds may be directed toward prototyping and testing.
Each team must include an undergraduate student leader and a senior technical mentor. No funds are available to support the technical mentor. While many technical mentors will be faculty members, participants from industry are welcome.
All funded teams agree to return to Duke in the fall following the award to present their work publicly. Duke undergraduate students will have the opportunity to continue their research during the school year, and re-apply for the next BIG award.
Each team must include:
- Full-time undergraduate students
- A leader who is an active Pratt School of Engineering student
- At least one technical mentor
Application Review Criteria
- Problem being addressed
- Technology-driven solution
- Technological innovation or breakthrough
- Technological feasibility and associated risk
- Value of the solution
- Strength of the team
- Status and plan
- Technical mentor's letter of support