Trask Innovation Fund Proposal Guidelines

Proposal submissions are due: 

  • 3rd Friday in February 

  • 4th Friday in September


Proposals will be reviewed ONLY after a complete disclosure has been filed with the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Proposal Submission Form:

For consideration, please work with your relevant Sponsored Program Services (SPS) Pre-Award Center ( for preparation of submission by Pre-Award staff to the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Proposal Outline: 
Detailed below is an outline of the required information needed by the TIF Advisory Council to review your request. Please limit your proposal to a maximum of 6 pages in length excluding the budget.

  1. Title of Project
  2. Background information
    • What is the invention?
    • Why was it created?
    • What need does it address?
    • How does it address the need?
    • What might be claimed in a patent?
  3. Summary of the current state of the technology
  4. Statement of work
    • What will be done with the Trask Innovation Fund Award?
    • Describe the proposed work and timeframe to complete the work.
  5. Regulatory approvals (if applicable) are required if project is funded (Animal & Human Subject, etc.)
  6. Marketing
    • How will this work make the invention or technology more marketable?
    • Are there any companies currently interested in taking license to this technology?
  7. Budget requested by category (include department name and number):
    • Salaries Research Assistant, Graduate Students, etc. (no funds to be used for faculty salary compensation)
    • Fee Remits
    • Supplies (must be itemized)
    • Total Amount Requested
    • No funds to be used for travel

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