Ohio Third Frontier (OTF), Ohio Development Services Agency
The goal of the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund (TVSF) is to increase economic growth in Ohio through start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed by Ohio institutions of higher education and other Ohio not-for-profit research institutions. Two separate mechanisms have been set up to achieve these goals:
Phase 1 –Technology Validation The specific objectives of this phase are as follows:
• To generate the proof needed to move technology to the point that it is either ready to be licensed by an Ohio start-up company or otherwise deemed unfeasible for commercialization.
• To fund validation activities, such as prototyping, demonstrations, and assessment of critical failure points in subsequent development, scale-up, and commercialization.
Phase 2 – Start-Up Funds The specific objectives of this phase are as follows:
• To support Ohio start-up companies that have licensed technology developed at Ohio research institutions during the critical early life of the company, and accelerate the time to market of this technology.
• To generate the proof needed to either commercialize the technology or move the technology to the point where additional funds needed for commercialization can be raised.
• To fund activities in order to generate the needed proof.
The TVSF will support technology that falls within the following areas: Advanced Materials related to advanced polymers, ceramics, composites, carbon fibers and nanotubes and specialty metals and alloys; Aeropropulsion Power Management; Agribusiness and Food Processing; Fuel Cells and Energy Storage; Medical Technology related to imaging, surgical instruments/equipment, implant devices, and regenerative medicine; Software Applications for business and healthcare; Sensing and Automation Technologies; Situational Awareness and Surveillance Systems; Solar Photovoltaics; and Shale.
Potential CWRU Applicants - Contact:
Michael Haag, MS, MBA, Executive Director, Technology Management, 216-368-6106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the TVSF visit the Ohio Third Frontier website.
Did You Know?
Grant proposals are due in the Office of Research Administration (or Office of Grants & Contracts in SOM) at least 5 working days before the sponsor’s deadline. This allows time for an institutional review and correction of errors or omissions. As soon as you decide to submit a grant, contact your designated ORA or OGC specialist to let him/her know to expect your proposal. All funding proposals are now submitted on-line through the Sparta system.
Office of Research Administration: https://research.case.edu/index.cfm
Office of Grants & Contracts in SOM: http://casemed.case.edu/grantscontracts/
Sparta System: https://sparta.case.edu/.
Shipping Abroad in Compliance with Export Regulations
The federal export control laws can apply when regulated items are being shipped abroad. Before shipping a device, materials, or other items abroad, CWRU personnel should contact either the Environmental Health and Safety Office or the Compliance Office so that an employee trained in export compliance can determine whether an export license is needed prior to making the shipment.
These are the steps that all CWRU researchers should follow when planning to make an outgoing international shipment of items or materials:
If you have questions on how the export regulations impact specific international shipments, contact the Compliance Office: Lisa Palazzo, Director of Export Control and Privacy Management, at 368-5791, or Boyd Kumher, University Chief Compliance, Export Control and Privacy Management Officer, at 368-0833; or email email@example.com.
- The CWRU Principal Investigator works with the CWRU Technology Transfer Office (“TTO”) to determine whether a Material Transfer Agreement (“MTA”) is needed prior to the shipment. The CWRU PI initiates this by submitting a completed MTA Review Form found at https://research.case.edu/forms.cfm#tech_mgt.
- If the Technology Transfer Office determines that an MTA is needed between CWRU and the overseas organization to receive the items or materials, the Principal Investigator and TTO work together to put it in place. Once the MTA is completed and signed by CWRU and the recipient organization, the Technology Transfer Office will forward a copy of the final contract to the PI. The PI should keep a copy of the final MTA for easy reference. Note that MTAs not only help to ensure compliance with the federal export laws, but they also protect investigators’ intellectual property rights.
- Before making the shipment overseas, the PI should contact the CWRU Environmental Health and Safety Office. This step is necessary so that the Environmental Health and Safety Office can analyze the contents of the shipment in light of the export regulations and determine whether the shipment can proceed immediately, or whether federal pre-authorization is needed. If the Technology Transfer Office determined that an MTA was needed, then the PI should provide Environmental Health and Safety with a copy of the signed MTA so that it can match the requested shipment with the formal contract.
For more information on the export control regulations, including the full text of CWRU’s Export Control Policy Statement, visit http:www.case.edu/compliance/exportcontrol/.
Questions regarding Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), should be addressed to Andrew Jarrell in the Technology Transfer Office, Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org, 368-1401.
Research ShowCASE and Spring Intersections: Discovery, Collaboration & Community
Friday, April 17, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Veale Convocation Center
Case Western Reserve University
The CWRU Office of Research and Technology Management and SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) are pleased to announce the opening of the Call for Presentations for Research ShowCASE 2015.
We invite you to participate with other CWRU faculty, staff and students by presenting your work at Research ShowCASE 2015. The event will provide an opportunity for you to display your research in a traditional scientific poster or other creative means. We encourage University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center researchers to participate.
In addition to the opportunity to display and share your work, undergraduate and graduate students, professional students and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to participate in the research competition, which will include having your presentation evaluated and feedback provided. Prizes will be awarded to winning entries.
In order to display your work at Research ShowCASE, you will need to submit an online abstract describing your research. If you are a student or post-doc, your faculty advisor will need to approve your submission.
New this year:
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15, 2015 (for graduate students, post-docs, professional students, faculty and staff)
- You will need to provide a brief description of your research in non-scientific terms
- You will be given the opportunity to provide a video abstract of your work in addition to the written abstract
- If you provide a 140-character title or description of your entry, we will tweet about your work
Undergraduate submissions will be accepted between February 16, 2015 and March 20, 2015.
Find out more and submit your abstract at: showCASE.case.edu.
Retirement Research Foundation
The Retirement Research Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for local and national projects designed to improve the quality of life for older Americans.
Grants will be awarded in support of projects that provide direct services, advocacy, and education and training for professionals working with elders, as well as for research that investigates causes of and solutions to significant challenges faced by older adults.
To be eligible for funding, projects must have a local focus in one of the following seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Florida. However, advocacy, training, and research projects of national relevance will be considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.
In 2015, the foundation will consider proposals on May 1 and August 3. Applicants who want to discuss a project before submitting a full proposal should send a brief Letter of Inquiry to the foundation at least three weeks prior to one of those deadlines.
Visit the RFF website for eligibility and application guidelines, as well as examples of previously awarded grants and grant amounts.
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