UTRF Maturation Funding Program: Open for Submissions

UTRF Maturation Funding Program: Open for Submissions
The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) is announcing a call for submissions for the ninth annual UTRF Maturation Funding program. Proposals must be received at the appropriate campus research office by 5:00 PM, October 24, 2017. The program is designed to help UT researchers further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the highest ranking proposals.
Open to all UT researchers, faculty, staff and students at all campuses and institutes.
Projects must be related to an existing UT invention disclosure, OR a proposal can be accompanied by a new UT invention disclosure submitted via https://idea.tennessee.edu/.
All proposals should generate new data that validate the technology and increase its commercial readiness. They should clearly describe how the expected results will increase the commercial opportunities for the technology.
Proposals that only generate basic research results should not be submitted.
Identification of potential commercial partners for collaboration on this proposal is encouraged.
Proposal Requirements
Proposals should describe the technology and its existing data, plan of work, expected results, budget, and an assessment of how the expected results will increase the commercial opportunities for the technology.
Funds should be directed to labor, materials, and services necessary to achieve the proposed deliverable(s). Indirect costs are not allowed.
Funds may not be used for PI salary, but may be used for student, post doc, or technical staff support.
Proposal should not exceed 3 pages, excluding references, which may be included as a 1-page appendix. Therefore, the proposal plus the appendix must not exceed 4 pages.
Proposal should be received by the campus-specific research office (through CayuseSP/Evisions) by 5:00 PM, October 24, 2017.
Judging Criteria
A panel of technical and business experts from inside and outside of the university will rank-order projects based on the following criteria:
Demonstration of a path for commercial development
Market potential
Stage of development

Proposal receipt by campus research office Oct. 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Awards announced Dec. 1, 2017
Project start date Jan. 1, 2018
Project completion date Oct. 5, 2018
Final report due Oct. 26, 2018

To view past maturation fund recipients, visit http://utrf.tennessee.edu/inventor-resources/technology-maturation-fund-program/past-maturation-fund-recipients/
UTRF helps inventors at UT turn their ideas and discoveries into products and services that benefit society. In addition to supporting the university research enterprise and commercializing the resulting inventions, UTRF also supports entrepreneurship as well as state and regional economic development efforts. UTRF serves all seven of the UT campuses and institutes across the state. For more information, visit http://utrf.tennessee.edu.