The Technology Development Fund accelerates the commercialization of the University of Rochester’s world-class research
The TDF makes awards to UR researchers as they develop their innovations to get them ready for the marketplace. TDF funds typically support animal testing, prototyping and other proof-of-concept studies, with the goal of developing University of Rochester technologies to a commercial proof point. TDF awards are not prizes or research grants, but are funds to accomplish specific development milestones. Since 2010, TDF support has provided over $4M to 49 projects, resulting in 30+ publications, over $7M in additional research funding, 8 licenses/options and several startups.
There are two award cycles per year
Awards range from $40,000 – $100,000
Funding supports technical and administrative staff salaries, equipment, and supplies
Funding does not support faculty salary or overhead