CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Spring 2024 Proof of Concept Grants

The Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP) is thrilled to announce the availability of Proof-of-Concept Funds for Spring 2024, dedicated to fostering innovation and facilitating the transfer and commercialization of UCR-owned intellectual property and technology. This grant opportunity is exclusively for UCR faculty and research staff who possess UCR-owned intellectual property or technology, including inventions and copyrights.




Grant Details

  • Purpose: The Proof-of-Concept funding is intended for further development, translation, and commercialization of UCR intellectual property, not for continued research.
  • Awards Announcement: June 2024
  • Project Commencement: August 01, 2024


For this cycle, the total available award pool is $150,000 for Track 1 and Track 2. We will be offering a one-time competitive selected award of up to $100,000 for up to 3 qualified applicants, depending on the requested budgets. Allocation of funds will depend on achievable milestones proposed and the aggregate total of all the selected proposals will not exceed $150,000. A single award of $35,000 is available for Track 3 to an early career faculty or postdoctoral researcher.


Eligibility and Submission Requirements

For detailed eligibility criteria, Notice of Intent submission requirements, review criteria, and due dates, please refer to the application.


If awarded, grant recipients must participate in the UCR INNOVAR Workshops I-Corps program during course of the award.


Application Process

Interested applicants must submit a Notice of Intent by 11:59 PM PDT on Sunday, March 31, 2024, to Notices of Intent will be reviewed by the OTP team. Applicants meeting the review criteria will be notified by Friday, April 12, 2024, and will be invited to complete a PowerPoint slide deck for presentation to the external review panel in May 2024.


Total Award Pool

$150,000 for Track 1 and Track 2


Competitive Selected Award

Up to $100,000 for up to 3 qualified applicants, depending on proposed budgets


Track 3 Award

A single award of $35,000 available for early career faculty or postdoctoral researchers




For any inquiries, please contact Brian Suh at

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