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University of Toledo Rocket Fuel Fund

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The University of Toledo is pleased to offer a new grant opportunity for funding the best commercialization opportunities from academic and other non-profit institutions throughout Northwest Ohio: University of Toledo Rocket Fuel Fund (UTRFF)

The goal of the UTRFF is to provide funding to advance development of potentially valuable technologies to a point at which industry can justify funding to support additional R & D, execute a license agreement, or establish a new commercial venture.

The UTRFF seeks early stage technologies with a strong market potential in the following areas:

Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced Materials
Biomedical/Life Sciences
Drug Development
Energy/Smart Energy Solutions
Medical Devices
Software/Information Technology

Proposals will be accepted beginning February 1, 2017 through September 1, 2019.

     * January 1
     * May 1
     * September 1

     * Request for Proposal (RFP)
     * Application Form
     * Program Report

Details are available by downloading the Request for Proposals.
Please be sure to carefully review the RFP before submitting your proposal to ensure compliance.

To submit your proposal, please download the Application form. Complete instructions for submission can be found on the RFP.

Requests may be up to $50,000 per submission. A cash match of at least 20% of the total cost of the award will be required from both internal and external awardees.

Principal investigators are required to have participated in the NSF I-Corps, I-Corps@Ohio, or Introduction to Customer Discovery (ICD) course available through Rocket Innovations designed to introduce entrepreneurial and customer discovery to stimulate interactions between faculty and industry. 
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All questions regarding this program must be submitted in writing via e-mail to the Program Manager, Anne Izzi. Please use the subject line "UTRFF QUESTIONS" for fastest response.

Funding for these grants is available through 2019 and was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration Regional Innovation Strategies i6 Challenge.
Last Updated: 7/21/20