I-GAP Grant Program

I-GAP Grants

Innovation Gap Grants (I-GAP Grants) strive to enhance the commercial viability of MSU technologies by bridging the "Gap" between Laboratory inventions and the marketplace. The grants are designed to increase the likelihood of transferring a MSU invention to business or industry by enhancing current identified innovations and, where possible, improving the scope and value of the University's intellectual property (e.g., claims in resulting patents). Grants based on one or more specific inventions that have been disclosed to the University (see Intellectual Property Disclosure Form) and are available as provided below:

Small Technology Transfer Grants (up to $10,000): Small, short-term grants designed to help an innovation/technology over a last hurdle toward proof of concept and commercial viability.

Business Development Grants (up to $5,000): In the case where an invention, or collection of inventions, have been determined to be strong candidates for a new business (licensing to a start-up company), professional organizations/individuals will be contracted for the preparation of a market and business opportunity assessment and development of a business plan.

Prototype Development Grants ($10,000-$40,000): In the case where the commercialization and marketing efforts for a technology would be expedited and enhanced greatly through the development of a prototype.

I-GAP proposals for Prototype and Small Tech Transfer Grants are to be directed solely toward increasing the technology transfer potential and commercial viability of an innovation/technology and are not available to fund further research.

Proposals may be submitted to OTT by MSU inventors for active invention disclosures only. Responsibility for planning, management, execution, and accounting of the proposed project will be solely that of the applicant(s).

Funds Available:
The total annual funding for I-GAP Grants are limited and fixed. However, applications may be approved for funding in the following fiscal year.

Instructions for Proposals:
Applicants are encouraged to contact the OTT prior to initiating the application process.
Download and complete the appropriate form (Small Tech Transfer Grant, Business Development Grant, or Prototype Development Grant) and submit to OTT. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed monthly, throughout the year.

Criteria and Funding:
Selection will be based on: 1) the relative needs and potential impact of the funding for the specific technology transfer opportunity; 2) the level of funding requested, relative to the resulting impact; 3) the potential to generate/leverage additional technology development funding from other sources; and 4) comparative merit of the application pool. Funding of proposals is at the sole discretion of the OTT.

Submit proposals via email attachment to: wayne.swann@morgan.edu
Director of Technology Transfer - Office of Technology Transfer