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Identify Funding Proposals Proposal Development Award Management Compliance Review and Oversight Education and Training Technology Transfer

Limited Submission

CWRU Technology Validation & Start-up Fund Program ("CTP")

Key Deadlines: April 24, 2017, 5:00pm (CWRU Pre-Proposal due using the approved form). Qualified proposals will be chosen to advance to the full proposal stage. The deadline for full proposals is May 10, 2017 at 5:00pm.

CWRU's Technology Transfer Office (TTO) has been awarded a grant by the State of Ohio to fund the CTP. The terms and conditions of the award have not been finalized. In the interest of keeping the process moving while we await final terms, we are accepting pre-proposals.

The Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF), funded by the Ohio Third Frontier, aims to accelerate and fund the translation of promising technologies into the marketplace through Ohio start-up companies with the eventual goal of creating greater economic growth.

In October 2016, CWRU was awarded a $500,000 fund, which will be administered by the Technology Transfer Office as the CWRU TVSF Program ("CTP") to advance a number of selected programs over a 12-month period. As a result of this award CWRU investigators are no longer eligible to apply for TVSF funding directly to the State of Ohio, but must instead apply to this internal competition.

The CTP is intended to be the final bridge between a translational research project and a viable commercial program. Funding will support technologies that require validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance commercial viability and the ability to support a start-up company. Projects must have already advanced beyond basic research and should have the equivalent of a laboratory-scale proof of concept prior to applying for funding.

Applicants are encouraged to work with potential Ohio licensees and business advisors prior to submitting an application in order to identify critical needs for the technology. Paramount importance will be placed on customer discovery, whether in the form of industry partners or potential end users. Specific milestones related to enhancing valuation and reducing risk should be defined, which can include any of the following: Prototyping, scale-up, animal and/or clinical testing, addressing regulatory or reimbursement requirements.

All proposals must fall into one of these State of Ohio's technology focus areas:

  • Biomedical/Life Sciences
  • Advanced Materials
  • Energy
  • Software/Information Technology
  • Sensors
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Anticipated Award Type: Standard Grant with 1:1 cost match required by applicant

Number of Applications Allowed: 10 -12 per year at $50,000 - $100,000 each (includes cost match)

Total CTP Funding Amount: $500,000 + $500,000 cost match by awardees

Number of RFP's: 3 per year (anticipated dates-subject to change: December 2016, April 2017, September 2017)

Funding Period Per Project: 1 year

Funding Start Date: 1-2 months after submission of full proposal

Cost Match Requirement: 1-2 months after submission of final proposal

Ohio Third Frontier Website: https://development.ohio.gov/bs_thirdfrontier/tvsf.htm

Eligibility

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they will be able to meet the cost matching requirement and that they meet the eligibility criteria.

Applicants must be full-time CWRU faculty, or have joint appointments between CWRU and one of the following hospitals: University Hospitals, VA Medical Center or MetroHealth Systems.

Priority will be given to projects that have had previous funding from one of these Translational Research Programs or have been pre-vetted by one of CWRU's affiliated Validation Programs*:

Translational Research Funding Programs:

  • Case-Coulter Translational Research Program (CCTRP)
  • Council to Advance Human Health (CAHH)
  • NIH Center for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC)
  • Taipei Medical University (TMU)
  • Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI)
  • High Throughput Screening Program

Validation Programs*:

  • Research and Technology Commercialization Visiting Committee (RTCVC)
  • I-Corps
  • Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI)
  • JumpStart Venture Validation Program (VVP)

* Additional programs can be considered. Please contact Stephanie Weidenbecher at 216.368.6191 to discuss in more detail.

Submission Process

Please note, this process replaces the TVSF Phase 1 grants, formerly administered by the Ohio Third Frontier ("OTF"). Applicants will no longer be able to submit Phase 1 proposals to the OTF. All submissions and awards will be directly administered by the Technology Transfer Office at CWRU with oversight from the OTF.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they will be able to meet the cost matching requirement and that they meet the eligibility criteria.

   Step 1

Submit the pre-proposal form to the CTP Program Director, Stephanie Weidenbecher, at stephanie.weidenbecher@case.edu by April 24, 2017 at 5:00pm.

   Step 2

Qualified proposals will be chosen to advance to the full proposal stage. Each applicant will be contacted individually.

Deadline for full proposal submission is May 10, 2017 at 5:00pm. Qualified applicants will receive a template for their full proposal.

Deadlines
Deadline
Action
Days to the Deadline
4/24/2017
Pre-Proposal due to Stephanie Weidenbecher
0
5/10/2017
Proposal due to TTO
16

Please contact the CTP Program Director, Stephanie Weidenbecher, in the Technology Transfer Office at stephanie.weidenbecher@case.edu or 216.368.6191 if you have questions.

This page was last updated: 04/14/17