In an effort to bring University of Rochester’s world-class research to life, UR Ventures has created the Technology Development Fund (TDF). Oftentimes, our research efforts yield scientific breakthroughs that are not ready to be translated to real world situations. The TDF exists to support UR researchers as they develop their innovations to get them ready for the marketplace via prototyping, testing, and de-risking. Awards are granted twice a year and range from $40,000 to $100,000 for approximately one year in duration. TDF funding can support technical and administrative staff salaries, equipment, and supplies. It does not fund faculty salaries or overhead. A committee of business people vets the proposals and mentors the awardees.