Funding opportunity to develop university innovations

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Innovation Catalyst Grants will support UC Santa Cruz researchers with early-stage technology innovations.

The Innovation & Business Engagement Hub is now accepting applications for its new Innovation Catalyst Grant; a proof-of-concept program focused on providing targeted gap funding, training, mentorship, and support to UC Santa Cruz researchers in order to help de-risk and/or validate the implementation and adoption potential of early-stage technology innovations. The overall objective of the program is to better position innovations to move out of the University and catalyze the process leading to transformative change and societal impact.

Innovation Catalyst Grants of up to $50,000 in direct costs will be available for selected projects, with a total of $100,000 available in this annual cycle. Any UCSC employee with Principal Investigator (PI) status leading an eligible project is welcome to apply. The application deadline is March 24, 2023. To learn more about the program and download the Request for Proposals, visit the Innovation Catalyst Grant website.

The Innovation & Business Engagement Hub will host an online information session on February 10, 2023. To receive a Zoom login, please register here.