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Frequently asked questions

1. What deliverables are expected of IDEA Studio residents? top

Deliverables vary based on the nature of each residency project. Past residents have created repeatable workflows, built software plug-ins, and performed validation studies to explore new technology use cases. These are just a few examples of possible deliverables. Let us know what you hope to achieve as a result of your proposed residency project. When we review proposals, we consider whether the proposed deliverables are achievable within the residency timeframe and if the applicant’s skill set matches the needs of the project plan in order to produce the deliverable. 

2. What kind of support do Autodesk employees provide IDEA Studio residents? top

A handpicked team of Autodesk employees is assembled to support each residency project. Employees provide consultative guidance and mentorship for IDEA Studio residents through regular meetings, phone calls, and emails. Employees do not provide basic product training or implementation support (such as coding). Consider applying for an IDEA Studio residency as a team with a classmate, colleague, or student, if you feel you would need implementation support to transform your project idea into a reality.

3. What are some qualities of a strong submission? top

When reviewing proposals, we look for projects that use Autodesk products in imaginative ways to solve problems. We evaluate the soundness of the project plan and the achievability of the deliverables within the proposed residency duration. We also review the curriculum vitae and any additional information provided about the team, looking for potential residents who are passionate about their areas of inquiry and have the backgrounds necessary to achieve impressive results. Finally, we consider other factors, such as whether the project tells an interesting story, the scalability of the deliverables, and diversity of institutions and companies represented. Check out the Proposal Writing Tips to learn more.

4. How long is each residency? top

Residencies typically last between 1 to 3 months.

5. Do I need to be a U.S. citizen in order to apply? top

No, applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens. We encourage researchers from around the world to apply. Please keep in mind that export compliance, visa, and related requirements must be fulfilled.

6. Does Autodesk provide IDEA Studio residents with visas? top

Once we select residents, Autodesk helps with the visa process, as needed. However, it is ultimately the applicant’s responsibility to secure the visa. Autodesk cannot be responsible if a visa is denied. If you anticipate that you will need a visa, include provisions for the visa fees in the grant amount you request in your proposal.

7. What should I include in my grant request? top

In your grant request, include any expenses necessary to support your proposed research project, as well as provisions for temporary housing in San Francisco and relocation, if needed. University applicants: Check with your institution to find out if you need to include overhead expenses in your budget. You may advise your institution that Autodesk does not currently have a published policy on overhead expenses.

The average grant amount is approximately US$18,000. 

8. How are grants dispersed to IDEA Studio residents? top

Grants are paid directly to the resident’s institution or company in a lump sum. An IDEA Studio Use Agreement must be signed before the payment process can be initiated.

9. Who owns the intellectual property of IDEA Studio project results? top

Intellectual property ownership terms are assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the topic and scope of the proposed project. Once selected, Autodesk works with an applicant’s institution or company to reach an IDEA Studio Use Agreement with agreed-upon intellectual property terms.

10. Where should I stay in San Francisco during my residency? top

We provide housing recommendations to accepted applicants. However, IDEA Studio residents ultimately choose and coordinate their own accommodations. Include provisions for temporary housing in the grant amount you request in your proposal, if needed. We recommend budgeting at least $3,000 per month for a furnished studio apartment within walking distance of the IDEA Studio.