Washington State University

Office of Commercialization


Washington State University

Office of Commercialization


The Office of Commercialization in partnership with the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Washington Research Foundation established a commercialization gap funding (CGF) program to support the advancement of WSU researchers with disclosed innovations or inventions that have a high degree of commercialization potential to the marketplace.

FY 2017-2018 Application Process/Deadline Dates

The application process consists of three stages: a letter of intent, a pre-proposal, and a full proposal submission. To be invited to submit a full proposal, a letter of intent and pre-proposal must be submitted according to the below timeline. 

  • Letters of Intent Due:  July 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
    Email completed form to commercialization@wsu.edu

  • Pre-proposal Due:  September 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
    Submit to Office of Research Support & Operations (ORSO) using eREX Form.

  • Full Proposals Invited:  Week of October 16, 2017

  • Full Proposals Due:  November 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

    Fill out the CGF Application Form and the Executive Summary as part of Full Proposal packet.
    Submit to ORSO using updated eREX Form. Please see the CGF Guide for additional instructions.  ( Signatures on eRex can serve as signatures for entire application.)

    Please review the
    CGF Guide carefully before you prepare and submit a proposal.

The awards are intended to be the final funding step for near market-ready technologies in the areas of clean tech, engineering, human and animal health, agricultural and/or information technologies.

Awards of up to $50,000 will be made with a maximum of $5,000 of the proposed budget allocated to business development activities. Funds will be distributed using a milestone driven process with stipulated goals reached before the next funding increment is approved. 

The CGF program demonstrates the threefold mission of Washington State University’s commitment to its land-grant university heritage and tradition of service to society. The transfer of technologies to commercial entities allows valuable knowledge to be applied through local and global engagement. This knowledge has the potential to improve lives and enhance the economies of WA State, the nation, and the world. 

CGF Workflow