The Keller Center provides funding to support engineering students participating in STEM- or humanities-focused research and development activities, as well as non-engineering students participating in STEM-focused projects during the academic year. Projects that also relate to entrepreneurship and design thinking are encouraged.

By applying, you are requesting funding. Requests are not always granted; if they are, you may not be granted the total requested amount. Individuals may receive up to $1,000 per academic year; groups/clubs may receive up to $3,000 per academic year.


  • Princeton undergraduate and graduate students and student organizations (NOTE: E-Club teams must request funding through your co-presidents)
  • Must be engineering student(s) or the project must have STEM focus
  • For an outside event, you must be actively involved as a speaker or presenter; funding requests for attendance only will not be accepted


Funding may not be used for classwork, junior independent work, senior thesis research, or startup funding; instead:

Application Period

  • Opens: September 17, 2023
  • Closes: March 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Decisions typically within three weeks of submission

Application Requirements


  • Discuss the proposed project with your faculty or staff adviser
  • Ensure your adviser will provide a recommendation
  • Create a thorough, accurate, and reasonable budget with cost justifications
  • If the proposal includes travel, itinerary must be submitted and approved in Enroll My Trip and you must abide by all University travel rules and regulations
  • If the project is for an unofficial/unregistered group that does not have a group ID to access the group SAFE application, you must have an administrator sponsor your activity by requesting a group ID; the sponsor will need to provide the chart string in the request that will be used to receive awarded funds


  • There are separate SAFE funding opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, individuals, and groups; be sure you are selecting the correct activity type
  • Answer all questions and upload all documents as indicated on the application, including recommendation; incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Ensure you have a strong adviser endorsement and a feasible budget
  • If the proposal includes travel, you must apply a minimum of one month prior to your travel date, and three months is recommended for complex travel; funds will not be released until Enroll My Trip reads complete for all participants

Report Out

By the deadline indicated in the SAFE award letter, you must:

  • Upload a final report containing an acknowledgement letter to the donor of the funds (name is listed on award letter), a narrative account of the research/activities undertaken with the support of the award, and a minimum of two photos documenting the project period
  • Substantiate all expenses by uploading a full accounting, including portions of the award covered by other funders, and all receipts
  • Return unspent funds via check or money order payable to Princeton University Trustees and delivered to the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, Room 113
  • Follow all special instructions included in the award letter


Apply via SAFE


Manda Ryan
Program Coordinator, eLab and Tiger Challenge