Commercialization Gap Fund

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 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?

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Past CGF Awardees

2022 | 2021 |

2020 |2019 |

2018 | 2017 |

2016 | 2015

A big thanks

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

2023 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 Monday, May 23, 2022, 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

Due: Friday, July 22, 2022 by 05:00 PM
> Submit your Letter of Intent


PRE-PROPOSAL

Due: Friday, September 2, 2022 by 5:00 PM
> Submit your Pre-Proposal Form


FULL PROPOSALS

Invitations will be sent the week of October 10, 2022

Due: Friday, November 4, 2022 by 5:00 PM


PITCH PRESENTATIONS

Presentations to the external committee will be November 17th, 2022.

  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 5, 2022.