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Now Accepting Spring 2018 Armour R&D Proposals

Armour College of Engineering (ACE) is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 request for Armour R&D project proposals as part of the ACE Distinctive Education Initiative. The Spring 2018 Armour R&D program will run from January 30, 2018 to April 14, 2018.

Armour R&D offers two project tracks: Program for Undergraduate Research Education (PURE) and Mentored INovation and Development (MIND).

PURE is a collaborative effort involving ACE Faculty, the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER), the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, and the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH). Students selected to participate in this program will have an opportunity to work with an ACE Faculty mentor on a fundamental engineering research project, gain valuable research experience, and receive a stipend.

MIND is an expansion of PURE to bring discovery to practice. MIND focuses on the development and implementation of technology to address contemporary challenges improving and impacting mankind and the environment. This program is about the development of technology based on research findings, rather than the execution of basic research. We encourage Faculty and students to participate in this program to explore new applications of ongoing research and/or work towards the utilization of innovative technology.

Participation in these activities will be recognized in a student's Engineering Portfolio. Research and development activities should be focused on one or more of the IIT Engineering Themes: Water, Energy, Health and Security.


Financial support for those participating in Armour R&D is $11 per hour, with a maximum of $1,100 for the fall. The application should specify whether the project is full-time at 5 or 10 hours per week. The project description should be consistent with that level of effort.


Students participating in these programs must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Prepare a final report that describes results from the research. The report is due the last day of the research period (April 14, 2018).

  • Participate in specific Expos in which students present a poster of their research findings

    • 4th Annual Armour R&D Expo to be held in early April 2018

    • Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) to be held in late April 2018 

  • Submit a paper to the IIT UG Research Journal. The Faculty advisor is expected to mentor the students in the preparation of the poster and paper.

Please note that any future Armour R&D awards are contingent on your adherence to these requirements.


Please note that this program is competitive in nature and not all applications may be funded. There is a two semester limit foreach student eligible for funding under this program. For student/faculty teams that have previously received funding, matching funds from the research laboratory may be required. A well-written application is critical to achieve acceptance into this program. Click below to apply!

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Armour R&D applications will be accepted from January 10, 2018 through January 19, 2018 at 5 pm Central. Applications received outside of this application window will not be considered for the Spring 2018 session.

Award decisions will be announced by January 26, 2018. Student/faculty teams should be prepared to begin to use the funds on January 30, 2018. Funds that are not spent before the end of the fall term will no longer be available.