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University of Southern Maine calls for proposals for Commercialization Gap Fund

By | September 9th, 2013|Fund RFP, Maine, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

The Office of Research Administration and Development has released a Call for Proposals for the Commercialization Gap Fund Program.  Full-time USM faculty and staff from all colleges are eligible to apply. Graduate and undergraduate students who have discoveries and inventions resulting from their work at USM are eligible to participate as long as they identify an eligible USM faculty member or staff as the Principal Investigator […]

DC I-Corps now accepting applications for October cohort

By | September 3rd, 2013|Fund RFP, State or Government|

The new DC Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is now accepting applications for its October cohort, program officials announce today. Open to research teams and technology entrepreneurs from universities, federal laboratories, agencies and the general community in the Mid-Atlantic Region, the free program guides researchers in exploring the commercial potential of their inventions. […]

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 Leicester call for spring POC proposals

By | February 11th, 2013|Fund RFP, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, UK/England|

Providing funds to drive projects with significant commercial
potential towards achieving key commercial milestones.

Eligible applications include:

  • Proof of Principle Studies
  • Design and manufacture working prototype
  • Development of commercial relationships
  • Validation of technology
  • Market research

Deadline for receipt of Expression of Interest Forms: March 1st 2013

More here

York University Student Enterprise POC fund, call for proposals

By | November 26th, 2012|*Fund Types, Fund RFP, Sample Docs, Student Funds, UK/England|

York CETLE is committed to helping students develop
enterprising ideas and can offer very practical assistance in the form of proof of concept funding to get the idea of the ground.

The aim of the Proof of Concept fund is to provide financial assistance to establish the feasibility of student business ideas. It will support the early […]

Virginia Commonwealth announces call for POC proposals, funded by federal DOC i6 Challenge

By | November 13th, 2012|Fund RFP, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, State or Government, Virginia|

What is the Virginia Innovation Partnership (VIP)?

VIP is a statewide network designed to accelerate innovation and economic growth. One of only seven multi-institution initiatives to win federal funding as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s i6 Challenge in 2012, VIP is bringing together universities, community colleges, corporations, investment capital and other resources to drive […]

University of Ulster launches call for proof of concept funding

By | November 5th, 2012|Fund RFP, Ireland, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

The Office of Innovation is pleased to advise that the Invest NI-supported Proof of Concept Fund is available with a submission deadline of Friday 30 November 2012.

As the name implies, Proof of Concept supports the final phase of the transition from laboratory to commercialisation.

To be eligible for proof of concept, projects should be disclosed to […]

Xavier X-Lab demonstrates key support program success factors

By | August 20th, 2012|Competition, Fund RFP, Ohio|

No fund, but Xavier X-LAB demonstrates a systematic approach to early stage concept development through an “internal accelerator/competition” program. From our experience, this program implements three key fundamentals of successful, university-led, gap programs:

1.Engages Innovation Community: An ideal gap program incorporates an extended network of technical, business, and investment professionals into the process. These individuals share […]

Bemidji State University Begins Small Gap Fund Effort For Faculty and Students

By | July 30th, 2012|Fund RFP, Minnesota, New Fund Announcement|


Faculty Scholarship and Innovation Fund: Introduction

Scholarship and innovation is highly valued at Bemidji State University. The office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Professional Development want to assist BSU faculty in their efforts to secure funding for individual or group research, pursue innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and to pursue external funding that benefits BSU students, BSU faculty, and residents of northern Minnesota. The New Faculty Scholarship and Innovation Fund (NFSIF) has been designed to help new full-time faculty members accelerate individual scholarship, assist in building a sustainable research program, and pursue innovative initiatives that benefit BSU students or residents of northern Minnesota. It is our hope that new faculty members will view this program as an excellent opportunity to jump-start their scholarly efforts soon after their arrival on campus. […]

Princeton IP Accelerator Fund announces request for proposals

By | July 26th, 2012|*Fund Types, Fund RFP, New Jersey, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, United States|

The Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund awards gap funding to Princeton investigators with the goal of fostering and advancing the development of nascent technologies from university labs into commercial development and, ultimately, the global marketplace.

The Fund addresses the development gap between early stage research and attractive, investment- and venture-grade opportunities. The fund is meant to support proof-of-concept work,  data collection, and/or prototyping that can yield important information or further development that would make a technology more commercially attractive.   […]