Grants are available for Stanford faculty and students looking to externalize innovations in the areas of renewable energy, food, water, and the environment:
CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy accepts proposals for its Innovation Transfer Program year round as funds permit. Interested applicants should submit a pre-proposal by October 15th, 2015 for consideration this quarter.
PIVOTAL SEED FUNDING
This competitive program assists Stanford University faculty, staff, and students in commercializing breakthrough technologies and inventions in sustainable energy by providing seed grants. Successful applications will have sustainable energy-related concepts that are at a reasonably advanced stage of development and prototype ready.
BRIDGING RESEARCH AND PRIVATE-SECTOR FUNDING
The awards are intended to bridge the gap between government support for basic science and private-sector or venture funding. In addition to funding prototype development and market trials, the program will assist participants develop a more business-centric approach to potential markets and applications of their concepts through close linkages with relevant Stanford University entrepreneurship resources. It will also provide access to domain experts including successful entrepreneurs, executives with experience in startups, and venture investors. A mentor is assigned to each funded project to provide the research team with ongoing guidance as they assess market opportunities and plan the commercialization of their inventions.
AT A CRITICAL TIME
We provide teams with the resources they need at a critical time in their development. Since being launched in 2013, over 50 Stanford students and affiliates under the direction of 14 different faculty advisers have participated in the program. The TomKat Center has awarded grants to 18 teams for a total of $1.6M in funding. With the program’s support these teams have been able to move Stanford innovations towards commercialization and have secured over $15M in follow-on funding.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY:
Details about the Program including application materials may be found at the TomKat Center website. http://stanford.io/1jglBSF