UT Inventors and Creators: Apply for Funding

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation announces the second annual UTRF Maturation Funding Program to help UT researchers further develop technologies that have the potential for commercial success.

Up to $15,000 (direct costs) will be awarded to the highest ranking proposals.

Rules:
-Open to all UT researchers (faculty, staff and students) at all campuses and institutes.

-Projects must be related to an existing UT invention/creation disclosure OR a proposal can be accompanied by a new UT invention/creation disclosure.

-Projects should provide new data or further demonstrate the technology to increase its commercial readiness.

-Funds should be directed to labor, materials and services necessary to achieve the proposed deliverable(s).

-Proposal should not exceed 3 pages and should describe the technology, the plan of work, the expected results, a budget (direct expenses only), and your assessment of the commercial opportunities for the technology.

Judging Criteria:
-Demonstration of a path for commercial development
-Market potential
-Stage of development

Deadlines and Schedule:
Deadline for proposal submission: November 21, 2008
Awards announced: December 19, 2008
Project start date: January 15, 2009
Project completion date: October 15, 2009
Final report: November 15, 2009

For more information on the deliverables, rules and judging criteria, view the document posted at http://utrf.tennessee.edu or contact:

Memphis:
Dr. Richard Magid
(901) 448-1562
rmagid1@utmem.edu

All other locations:
Dr. Stacey Patterson
(865) 974-3140
sspatter@utk.edu