Commercialization Gap Fund

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 $2,000 allocated towards business development activities) to those that demonstrate that their innovation(s) have the ability to make an economic 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.

Want to know more about the CGF proposal process?

Watch the CGF Webinar Here!


Past CGF Awardees


2020|2019| 2018|2017| 2016|2015

A big thanks

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

2025 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 Friday, May 17, 2024, 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: Friday, July 19, 2024 by 05:00 PM
> Submit your Letter of Intent


Due: Friday, September 6, 2024 by 5:00 PM
> Submit your Pre-Proposal Form


Invitations will be sent the week of October 7, 2024

Due: Friday, November 8, 2024 by 5:00 PM


Presentations to the external committee will be the week of November 11, 2024.

  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 2, 2024.