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Commercialization Commercialization Gap Fund


What you need to know

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.

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

Learn more about the program by clicking on the workshop presentation conducted on April 12, 2018.

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.

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



Past CGF Awardees

FY 2018 | FY 2017  |  FY 2016  |  FY 2015

A big thanks

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

  • The Washington Research Foundation
  • The Office of the President
  • The Office of the Provost
  • The Office of Research

FY 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.


Due:  July 27, 2018 at 05:00 PM
> Fill out your Letter of Intent



Due:  September 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM
> View Pre-proposal form

Submit the completed form to Office of Research Support & Operations (ORSO) using eREX Form.

Full Proposals Invite:  Week of October 15, 2018


Due:  November 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM

  1. Fill out the CGF Application Form and the Executive Summary as part of the Full Proposal.
  2. Submit to ORSO using updated eREX Form.


Due:  November 9, 2018 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

Presentation to the external committee will be held in the week of November 13, 2018 and results will be announced in the week of November 26, 2018.

Please see the CGF Guide for additional instructions.