Micro Grant Programs

The Maker in Residence Program is a micro grant program for unique and high merit projects with emerging technology. This program harnesses the enthusiasm of Brandeis Community members who like to learn at their own pace. If you want to learn how to Make something or create a novel device, we will fund your project up to $500 in material and get you in touch with experts! Participants learn how to use new technology such as 3D printing or embedded systems, along with how to project manage and build financial plans.

APPLY ONLINE: Maker In Residence

The MakerLab has partnered with the Brandeis Office of Sustainability to offer micro-grants and technical support for Brandeis community members who want to have a positive impact on the environment. Open to students, staff, and faculty, the micro-grants (up to $500 each) can be used for materials or equipment for projects that will have environmental benefits on a local, regional, or global scale. The MakerLab is deeply committed to stewarding this planet which sustains us, and we’re excited to launch this program in concert with Brandeis’s Year of Climate Action. Especially encouraged will be projects that support regenerative or circular economies, ecological restoration, or climate mitigation and resilience. To apply, please follow the link below to submit a brief project proposal, including a budget/Bill of Materials. For questions or support applying, please email makerlab@brandeis.edu.

APPLY ONLINE: Environmental Benefit Maker

Some Possible Projects:
  • Clay 3D printing - Life Cycle Analysis
  • Bird strike prevention from Brandeis Bird Strike Project
  • Solar cell phone charger box for public cell phone charging
  • QR code on every tree on campus linked to tree database, species information, etc
  • Digital Sundial for electricity-free timekeeping
  • Environmental sensing project, such as Smart Citizen from Fab Lab Barcelona
  • Drone inspection of campus solar installations
  • Organic land management practices - soil monitoring, smart sensing project
  • Basalt in garden at Lemberg Children’s Center - carbon sequestration sensor project
  • Machine learning & Computer Vision for logging pollinator visits to the Pollinator Garden
  • Many more! Apply to bring your idea to life!

APPLY ONLINE: Environmental Benefit Maker