UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund – Request for Proposals
Announcement Date – July 26, 2018
Background: The UMBC Office of Technology Development (OTD), under the Office of the Vice President for Research, is continually seeking ways to help bridge the funding gap and offer support that can be difficult to obtain from traditional funding sources. With funding provided by the State of Maryland, we are happy to announce a new initiative: The UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund, which is designed to advance innovations originating from UMBC research to more commercially viable technologies. Additional proof-of-concept studies, extending data collection and prototype development are examples of the essential steps needed to demonstrate commercial potential.
A total of $100,000 is available annually for this initiative, and UMBC plans to make several awards up to $25,000. Projects will be funded at the level deemed necessary to achieve the goals outlined in the proposal. Awards will be for a six-to-twelve month period, and only proposals that can demonstrate achievable milestones within that time period will be selected for funding. One-time, no-cost extensions may be granted, subject to approval by the review committee. No overhead will apply.
Requirements: All UMBC members with Principal Investigator (PI) status are eligible to apply as long as the technology to be developed has been previously disclosed to OTD. We welcome projects from all disciplines and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations.
Criteria: All proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty, administrative research personnel and outside reviewers from the business community, and will be held confidential. PIs whose proposals are selected to continue onto the final round of evaluation must give a presentation of their proposal to the Review Committee. Finalists must be available to present their proposals to the review committee on Friday, November 16, 2018.
The evaluation criteria will include factors such as:
- Significance of market-need and opportunity for public impact.
- Competitive advantage of technology over current solutions.
- Probability of project generating additional funding or licensing.
- Probability of research results strengthening the patent position.
- Probability of reaching milestones within the time frame and budget.
Deadlines: An initial draft proposal must be submitted by Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The final deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Please be advised that several preliminary steps must be completed prior to final submission, so applicants are advised to contact OTD at least 3 weeks in advance of the first deadline. Awards will be announced in the fall with an anticipated starting date of January 1, 2019.
Contact: Interested applicants should contact Wendy Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the Proposal Process, Executive Summary Checklist, and the Cover Form.