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Many times, new and innovative products from ground-breaking ideas are hatched inside university walls, and those products nearly always need manufacturing resources. The Cool Idea Award: University Grant is for students who have a cool new product and need help with prototyping or low-volume production.

We want to see ideas that make life better, easier, safer, healthier, less frustrating, and more fun! 

2019 Application Periods

  • January 1 – May 31 (Judging in June) - OPEN
  • July 1 – November 30 (Judging in December)

 Applicants Must Be:

  • A permanent legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, who have reached the age of majority in their state of residence and at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Enrolled in an accredited United States postsecondary education institution at the time of application.

For complete rules and regulations, visit protolabs.com.     

How to Apply:

The application process is easy: 

  • Fill out the initial application - it's only a few questions. 
  • Judges will select finalist based on the initial application
  • Finalist will submit product details, including their Protolabs quotes using their 3D CAD model of their part(s)
  • Judges will review the finalists and select a winner(s). 

 If selected for a Cool Idea Award, you must use the services within 90 days and should be at a stage in your project that allows you to begin executing immediately.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.