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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 2022 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 who have disclosed their technology by May 24, 2021, 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.


Extended Deadline:  July 23, 2021 by 05:00 PM
> Submit your Letter of Intent



Due:  September 7, 2021 by 5:00 PM
> Submit your Pre-Proposal Form



Invitations will be sent the week of October 18, 2021

Due:  November 8, 2021 by 5:00 PM



Presentations to the external committee will be on November 17, 2021.

    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 during the week of December 6, 2021.