Fall 2019 Round Now Open

The Fall 2019 round of the Technology Development Fund is now open! Awards are up to $100,000 for funded projects. Pre-proposals are due to Omar Bakht (omar.bakht@rochester.edu) by 5pm on October 31st.

Eligible projects propose the development of university-owned technology to a commercial endpoint. A requirement for the award is that an invention disclosure be filed with UR Ventures. An invention disclosure can be filed here.

Non-Inventor Developers can propose to develop technology that they did not invent. The hope is that developers (engineers, software developers, etc.) will form lasting collaborations with inventors to help bring UR technologies to the market. If you submit a pre-proposal for this round and you are a non-inventor, please also fill out the Non-Inventor profit-sharing agreement.

Full application and process details can be found on the TDF website. 

2019 EDI Medicines Award Program is Now Open

The University of Rochester has joined together with the University of Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to form Empire Discovery Institute, a new drug discovery partnership that aims to convert the institutions’ scientific breakthroughs into viable pharmaceuticals for commercialization and strengthen the region as a hub for life sciences research and development. The Empire Discovery Institute (EDI) is designed to help overcome key challenges typically faced by life science researchers in academia – lack of external funding to continue research efforts and lack of pharmaceutical industry expertise to advance these programs to fruition.

The 2019 EDI Medicines Award Program is now open. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the November 29, 2019 submission deadline. Read more here.