The UEF Grants Program

Thank you for your grant to support the “The Next MacGyver” project, which allowed world-wide crowd-sourcing of ideas for a TV show featuring an female engineer lead character and engaging top Hollywood talent to provide a real shot at making that long-desired goal happen. It is inspiring and refreshing to know there are organizations like yours willing to take on “outside-the-box” ideas that could have outsized impact."

Randy Atkins, Director of Communications, National Academy of Engineering

Grants Program Overview

If it is Good for the Engineering Profession, Good for Collaboration, and Good for the Public, the UEF Grants Program is Good for You.

All funding for the grants come from endowment earnings. The UEF gives between 5 – 10 grants per year totaling nearly $800,000.

We invite you to explore the sections below to learn more about the UEF Grant Program.


The United Engineering Foundation advances the engineering arts and sciences for the welfare of humanity. It supports engineering and education by, among other means, making grants.


Grants should be consistent with advancing engineering.


The UEF Board of Trustees evaluates and judges proposals in view of the UEF mission, the perceived ability of the proposal and proposer(s) to further that mission, and the available funding. Proposals are accepted only from U.S. based organizations classified by the Internal Revenue Service as having 501(c)(3) status. While all proposals meeting the requirements for

  1. U.S. based organizations having 501(c)(3) status,
  2. established deadlines, and
  3. page limitations

will be considered, certain UEF preferences should be understood by proposers:

  • Broad-based, interdisciplinary proposals that further the engineering profession as a whole are preferred.
  • Multiple-year proposals are welcome, but funding is awarded for a single year only. Proposals for subsequent years follow procedures identical to that of single-year proposals. No commitment for funding of subsequent years of a multiple-year project should be inferred from funding of a prior year.
  • Projects that are outside “business as usual” of the proposing organization are preferred.
  • Technical research proposals and proposals by individuals are seldom accepted.


Proposals are accepted from not-for-profit organizations, individuals, and groups of such entities, once per year. UEF’s grant process consists of two stages:

  1. submission of a short concept paper, by June 1,
  2. for those concept papers selected for invitation, submission of a detailed proposal, by August 1.

Concept Paper

The concept paper should be concise but should clearly state, at a minimum: a working title, proposing entity and participating entities, funding requested and budget, period of performance, summary concepts and objectives, and how the proposal fits in the scope requested. Concept papers must be submitted electronically and in PDF format. Concept papers in excess of 2 pages will be automatically rejected.


The proposal should provide more detail, including detailed objectives, detailed schedule, business plan, and reporting. Proposals must be submitted electronically and in PDF format.


Reports are required at the end of the project period.


We have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions for your convenience. If you still need assistance, please contact us at

2017 Grants Announcement

The announcement for the 2017 Grant Cycle is now available. The due date for concept papers is due June 1, 2016.

UEF Grants Policy

The policies for the UEF Grant Program, downloadable as a PDF document.