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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 $40,000  (with a maximum of $2,000 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 cleantech, 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.

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FY 2021 Application Process/Deadline Dates

The application process consists of three submission stages:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Pre-Proposal
  • Full Proposal (by invite only)

**Note:  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.


LETTERS OF INTENT

Extended Deadline:  Aug 3, 2020 by 05:00 PM
> Submit your Letter of Intent

 


PRE-PROPOSAL

Due:  September 18, 2020 by 5:00 PM
> Submit your Pre-Proposal Form

 


FULL PROPOSALS

Invitations will be sent the week of October 12, 2020

Due:  November 2, 2020 by 5:00 PM

 


PITCH PRESENTATIONS

Presentations to the external committee will be held during the week of November 9, 2020.
The exact date and times to be announced.

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

 


AWARDS

Results will be announced during the week of December 7, 2020.