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Commercialization Commercialization Gap Fund

Making an Impact

Once a year the Office of Commercialization hosts the Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF). The CGF awards researchers up to $50,000  (with a maximum of $5,000 allocated towards business development activities) to those that demonstrate that their innovation(s) have the ability to make an economical impact in our society.

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.

The CGF is 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. Funds will be distributed using a milestone driven process with stipulated goals reached before the next funding increment is approved.

To learn more about the program
Check out the workshop on April 18, 2019. 


Past CGF Awardees

FY 2019  | FY 2018 | FY 2017  | FY 2016 |  FY 2015

A big thanks

The Commercialization Gap Fund is made possible through the support of:

FY 2020 Application Process/Deadline Dates

The application process consists of three stages: a letter of intent, a pre-proposal, and a full proposal submission. Invitations to submit a full proposal, will only be offered to applicants whom submit a letter of intent and pre-proposal according to the timeline below.

For further details on the CGF process please review our full CGF Guide.


Due:  July 26, 2019 at 05:00 PM
> Fill out your Letter of Intent



Due:  September 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM
> View Pre-proposal form



Invitations sent week of October 14, 2019

Due:  November 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM



Presentation to the external committee will be held on November 13, 2019

Due: November 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    1. Prepare a 10 minute pitch presentation using pitch template following the presentation guidelines.
    2. Email the completed pitch slides to



Results will be announced in the week of December 2nd, 2019.