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ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Over 56,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

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About Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants

The ASHRAE Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants Program provides grants to engineering, technical and architectural schools worldwide with the goal of increasing student knowledge, learning and awareness of the HVAC&R industry. Grants shall be used to fund equipment and supplies for undergraduate projects and 2-year technical school projects that focus on ASHRAE-related topics. Grants may cover projects lasting from one academic term up to one year. 

Applications that create hands on teaching / demonstrations in undergraduate courses will receive higher ranking than projects that are one year undergraduate research‑based or research-like projects.  

Projects involving the building of working models, testing equipment, experimental teaching aids, and laboratory experiments are encouraged. Projects only involving data collection, computer modeling or computer programming will receive lower funding priority. Computer hardware will not be funded; such as:

  • Mouse
  • Printers / 3D Printers
  • Computers / Laptops
  • Tablets, Notepads
  • Hard Disk, Memory stick

However, specialized computer software (Data Acquisition Software) only utilized with the above listed project is acceptable. When the project is complete, the student(s) will submit a final report to ASHRAE. Additionally, full-year projects will require a mid-year progress report.

The grant application must be submitted by the faculty member(s) responsible for the project. The application may be made from any engineering, architecture, or engineering technology department; however, the project must involve an ASHRAE-related topic. The faculty member(s) and student(s) responsible for the project are NOT required to be members of ASHRAE. The grant is made to the university/college solely for the support of the materials required for the project in an amount not to exceed $5,000 (U.S.). University overhead, faculty or student salaries, travel expenses, and other non-equipment items will not be funded. Funding from other sources, including in-kind contributions, is encouraged and will receive a higher ranking.  

The faculty advisor(s) will submit the application to ASHRAE on behalf of the student(s) who are responsible for completing the project. To be considered, ALL questions must be answered on the electronic application, including a complete project description and a projected itemized budget. Out of schools that are selected for grant awards, judges will award the two highest ranking teams (2 students per team max) a trip to the Winter Meeting Student Program to present their project to students. The trip consists of transportation and two nights stay in the hotel. Information will be included in award letters.

Past Winter Conference Presentations

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Please download the 2017-18 Grant Application. Select the “save as” option, complete the application on your computer, and then return it electronically to Katie Thomson, kthomson@ashrae.org in Microsoft Word format.

Paper applications will not be accepted! The electronic submission must be received at ASHRAE Headquarters by December 15, 2017. Bonus points are awarded for applications submitted before November 15, 2017. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Be sure to include the University President and Department Head contact information on the applications. ASHRAE will send letters of recognition to such individuals of schools selected for grants.


Evaluation Process

Applications will be evaluated based upon:

  • ASHRAE related topics (30%)
  • Adherence to guidelines (10%)
  • Long Term Student Impact (25%)
  • Number of students participating (15%)
  • Adequate funding request (15%)
  • Student involved with ASHRAE (5%)

Applicants will receive notification of their application's status by February 18, 2018. An unaccepted project proposal may be revised and re-submitted the following year. Funds will be available to the grant recipients on or after August 2, 2018 (if your project won’t begin until after fall semester, you may receive your funds at a later date). Any funded project not completed (as indicated by non-receipt of a mid-year progress or final report) will result in the removal of the school from consideration for additional grants.

A video of the grant project will be expected with the final report.  This video will need to be a minimum of two minutes, maximum of five minutes. 


Direct questions and return grant applications to:

Katie Thomson
ASHRAE – Assistant Manager of Student Activities
1791 Tullie Circle NE/Atlanta, GA 30329-2305
Phone: 678-539-1212; Fax: 678-539-2212; E-mail: kthomson@ashrae.org


Past ASHRAE Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants Recipients