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Berkeley Lab Innovation Grants 2014 Call for Proposals

September 9, 2013

FROM: Horst Simon, Deputy Director

I am pleased to announce a funding opportunity for commercialization of LBNL technologies: the Berkeley Lab Innovation Grants 2014. This program aims to advance the commercialization of Lab inventions and software. Instructions for submitting applications follow.

The Berkeley Lab Innovation Grants support promising inventions by evaluating their commercial viability, identifying key development milestones, and then providing funding and resources to achieve the most critical of these milestones. The goal is to substantively improve the likelihood of commercializing technologies with significant market potential.

Berkeley Lab Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management (TTIPM) staff will work with each applicant to take an objective look at the technology’s chances of being licensed and how the proposed Innovation Grant work increases those chances.

Proposals must focus on developing reported Berkeley Lab inventions or software and be
submitted by a Berkeley Lab career, faculty, or career track scientist or engineer. All projects must have clearly stated expected outcomes that address a barrier to commercialization, such as building a prototype, proving efficiency at a certain level, demonstrating operating performance, integrating with another technology, etc.

Deadline for proposal submission for Berkeley Lab Innovation Grants is Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Awards will be announced by December 19, 2013, and projects can begin in January 2014.

Application forms can be found here. FAQs and Proposal Requirements can be found here. Get more information and answers to your questions in the following informal sessions, open to all:

Brown Bag on the Innovation Grants

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Building 66, Conference Room 316

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 11:00 - 11:30 am
JBEI Seminar Rooms A&B, 978-4132

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 11:00 - 11:30 am
Perseverance Hall Addition, Building 54, Room 130-B

Wednesday, Sept. 25,  2:00 - 2:30 pm
Potter Street, Building 977, Conference Room153

You may also call Shanshan Li in TTIPM at x5366 or email innovation@lbl.gov for more information.

PAST INNOVATION GRANT WINNERS:

2012:

2013:

2014:

Last updated: 01/29/2014