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Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success – request for applications

Aug. 29, 2013

The FORCES program is designed to support IUPUI researchers in the successful transformation of their research findings into commercially viable outcomes.

 The key goals of FORCES are to support the realization of short-term projects in two categories:

  • Projects that will enhance commercial value of IUPUI intellectual property assets, by facilitating commercialization of inventions, technologies, or other intellectual property derived from existing research projects.
  • Projects that encourage the development of research initiatives that show great promise for commercialization of the research outcomes. 

Funding for projects under the first category may not exceed $25,000 for a project period of 6 months.  Extensions may be granted in limited circumstances, based on the given conditions. The short term of the project is intended to establish the viability of the technology prior to further investment in intellectual property protection by IURTC.

Funding for projects under the second category may not exceed $35,000 for a project period of one year. 

Eligible applications must be full-time tenure-track faculty having an appointment of Assistant Professor and above are eligible to apply.  Faculty in visiting ranks and research scientist ranks are not eligible. An investigator may not serve as PI or Co-PI on more than one FORCES proposal in a given round.

Funding may not exceed $25,000 for a project period of 6 months.  Extensions may be granted in limited circumstances, based on the given conditions. The short term of the project is intended to establish the viability of the technology prior to further investment in intellectual property protection by IURTC.

Review and selection of the grant proposals will be carried out as follows. At the core of this process will be a FORCES Review Committee, convened by the Vice Chancellor for Research.  It will conduct its evaluation of each proposal based on the expectations highlighted below.  Avoidance of conflict of interest will be expected of the committee members, and any other individuals associated with the evaluation of each proposal.        

Grant guidelines and application forms are available online.

The application deadline is Sunday, Sept. 15

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