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UNeMed provides this information on funding sources for research as a service to all researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Proof of Concept Grant

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The purpose of the Proof of Concept (POC) grants is to provide funds for additional development of selected technologies to increase their commercialization potential and value. POC grant funds are provided through the University of Nebraska Central Administration, via the Nebraska Research Initiative, and were initiated in the fall of 2011.
The application process is initiated by UNeMed, working with a researcher who submitted a new invention disclosure that describes a promising, early stage invention that would benefit from additional development prior to marketing and licensing.
The application consists of a 10 page proposal detailing the developmental plan for the technology, broken down into milestones that can serve as inflection points in the developmental process and increased value of the technology. A detailed budget is also submitted which aligns with the developmental milestones to allow for incremental funding of the grant upon milestone achievement.
There is a cap of $250,000 per project.
It is the intent of the grants to increase the value of a technology beyond the cost of the grant, thereby generating a positive return to fund additional research.
POC grants have open submission dates.
If interested, please contact UNeMed’s licensing team for help with the application process.

Innovation Grant

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The Innovation Grant Program is designed to allow the further development of an early stage technology.
The application process is initiated by UNeMed, working with a researcher who submitted a new invention disclosure that describes a promising, early stage invention that would benefit from additional development prior to marketing and licensing.

The awards are to be used by the investigator to perform additional experimentation and/or analysis to increase the marketability of the technology.

The application should be focused on the development of products that have commercial potential. The application should consist of the following parts:
Project Summary (1 page max)
Project Summary (2 page max)
Funds Requested & Budget (1 page max)
Appendix (5 pages max)
After completion of the project, a final written report will be submitted to UNeMed including any further inventions developed or publications that resulted from the project. The amount of support is dependent upon the project and the expected commercial potential upon completion of the work. Commercial potential should be clearly demonstrated in the application as well as known potential parties of interest to the final products. The award available is typically up to $20,000 per project.
The Principal Investigator shall communicate the project’s progress through various means, including the following:
• A final written report to UNeMed
• Notification of significant milestones achieved
• Invention disclosures (prior to any public disclosure) – to UNeMed
• Publications – Publication of results from work sponsored by the Program is encouraged, with appropriate acknowledgement of the support received
Innovation grants have varying submission dates throughout the year.
If interested, please contact UNeMed’s licensing team for help with the application process.

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