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University of Texas at Arlington use crowdfunding to supplement translational research

By | August 27th, 2013|Crowdfunding, Texas|

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are turning to crowdfunding in hopes of supplementing their research grants for ongoing and future projects. Faculty are utilizing Microryza, a crowdfunding websitedesigned to raise funds for academic and health research projects.

Essentially a Kickstarter for scientists, Microryza allows researchers to raise money without relying on grants — which can take valuable time to receive. Kinesiologist Dr. Priscila Caçola is one of UTA’s first faculty members to test the crowdfunding waters. […]

University of Otago research lands POC grant for a “billion-dollar market” blood test

By | August 27th, 2013|New Investments/Awards, New Zealand, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

University of Otago Christchurch researcher Associate Professor Chris Pemberton has won this year’s prestigious Otago Innovation Proof of Concept grant to further develop his world-first test for predicting those at imminent risk of a heart attack. […]

University of Utah RFP for Seed Grant Program

By | August 27th, 2013|Fund RFP, Translational Research, Utah|

The Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program, sponsored by the University of Utah Research Foundation, will support only new areas of research for a principal investigator(s). Research that is already supported by other sources will not be approved for funding. Gap funding to bridge support between external grants or contracts will not be considered. The applicant must clearly and convincingly demonstrate that the proposed project represents a new research direction in an area likely to generate extramural funding. Thus, the proposal must not have overlap with any existing grants. Seed funding under this program is to be used to successfully compete for extramural funds to support the project in the long term. […]

University of Edinburgh start-up to seek crowdfunding as a means to support venture

By | August 26th, 2013|Crowdfunding, Scotland|

A new spin-out company from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences which was awarded an initial £141,000 from Scottish Enterprise’s SMART Scotland fund and the University of Edinburgh Technology Fund is to embark on a further round of funding in an ambitious plan to raise capital through crowd funding. Carbomap plans to raise further capital through Share-In, a new Scottish-based equity crowd-funding platform to further develop its proprietary technology to map and measure the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the world’s forests. […]

Oregon State University Venture Development Fund announces call for proposals

By | August 19th, 2013|Oregon, Startup Fund|

The OSU Venture Development Fund is pleased to announce on July 26, 2013 a Request for Proposals. Oregon State University seeks to facilitate the further development of OSU applied innovations and commercialization. The purpose of this RFP is to encourage proposal submission and present proposal requirements and evaluation criteria. This is a competitive process open […]

Colorado State University Ventures awards $1.5M to eight start-ups

By | August 19th, 2013|*Fund Types, Colorado, New Investments/Awards, Startup Fund|

DENVER – The Colorado State University System today announced that eight projects will move forward with funding from the CSU System Venture Capital Fund, a new initiative to support innovation and promote collaboration in higher education […]

Gap Funding Activity 2013 Q2 Report Released

By | August 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|

The Mind the Gap Q2 Activity Report, an initiative of innovosource, is a market-wide assessment of funding activity from university-affiliated translational research, proof-of-concept, and start-up gap funds.

In this most recent quarter (April-May), gap fund managers from 26 universities participating in the process, reported

  • Activity: $2.5M invested into 42 technologies and start-ups, bringing the annual reported total to $3.7M into 68 gap funding projects.
  • Technology Source Of Funded Projects for YTD 2013: Software (14%), Electrical Engineering(10%), Material Science (10%)
  • Industries of Interest For Funded Projects YTD 2013: Agriculture (17%), Biotech/Pharma (17%), Electronics (13%), Manufacturing (13%)

The full report available for download here […]

Proposed Federal TRANSFER Act would open funds for university proof of concept

By | August 6th, 2013|New Fund Announcement, State or Government|

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) have introduced technology-transfer legislation to help accelerate the commercialization of federally-funded research and technology. The Technology and Research Accelerating National Security and Future Economic Resiliency Act (TRANSFER) Act (H.R. 2981) builds upon the current Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program by creating grant opportunities for proof-of-concept research and other innovative technology transfer activities at universities, research institutes and Federal laboratories to accelerate the commercialization of federally-funded research and technologies. […]

U Washington MRI start-up boosted by $340K from affiliated gap funds

By | August 6th, 2013|*Fund Types, New Investments/Awards, State or Government, Washington|

Dr. Rodney Ho, professor of pharmaceutics, researches drug delivery for HIV treatment. In 2009, he created a new way to deliver HIV drugs to patients. HIV drugs rarely make it effectively to a patient’s lymph nodes. Ho thought binding the drugs to lipid (fatty particle) nanoparticles might help drug delivery.

He eventually tested his drugs in primates and prepared them for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) testing. From the MRI test, he saw a surprisingly bright image of the primate’s blood system. […]

Purdue University Trask Innovation Fund announces $200K in new grants

By | August 5th, 2013|Indiana, New Investments/Awards, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

A Purdue Research Foundation fund designed to support Purdue University faculty and staff innovators awarded more than $200,000 this spring.

The Trask Innovation Fund assists faculty and staff innovations with which the Office of Technology Commercialization is working. The fund seeks to support short-term projects with the potential to reach markets and consumers with products “that will enhance commercial value of Purdue University intellectual property assets.” […]