The first step is a pre-proposal, which is due to the Screening Committee via e-mail by the announced deadline in early October and May. The document is required to be in Microsoft Word, using the pre-proposal template.
Pre-proposals should be no longer than two pages (not including references) and include:
- A description of the problem being solved by the technology
- Background highlighting recent research, the novelty of the discovery, and anticipated risks (scientific and commercial)
- A value proposition and the potential commercial benefits of the project
- A proposed research and development plan listing the aims and objectives of the project, as well as the amount of funding being requested
- A post-project plan listing the next steps after the TDF study
- An estimate of the resources necessary to obtain follow-on funding, or to launch a product into the marketplace
- Investigator information – principals involved, collaborators, sources of other funding, and other resources involved with the project
- Relevant references (no more than 5) to include with the invention disclosure information
The Screening Committee identifies those projects deemed best to satisfy the criteria outlined in the review process, resulting in invitations to submit full proposals. This stage of the process requires approximately two weeks. Pre-proposals not selected will be returned to applicants with a brief explanation of why they were declined.