Q2 Draper TIF Grant Deadline: August 15

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Q2 Draper TIF Grant Deadline: August 15

August 15



Program Description

The Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) provides a mechanism to support the additional research often necessary to bring new concepts and inventions to the patent and licensing stage. The program goal is the eventual introduction of new products and processes into the marketplace for the public good. The targeted inventions must have already been disclosed to and accepted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) for patenting or similar intellectual property protection. Funds can be used to support efforts to enhance the scope or patentability of inventions and assist with their potential licensing to the commercial sector. Examples of research activities include prototype development, expansion of studies to include additional exemplary demonstrations, preparation of samples for evaluation, and application testing. This program is administered in partnership between Discovery to Product and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Applicants must be University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members or academic staff. A formal University invention disclosure must have been accepted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Any improvements to the invention, or new innovation that occurs as a result of this funding, must also be disclosed and assigned to WARF. Applicants must be in residence on the Madison campus during the funding period.

Prior to writing a proposal, we highly recommend that you consult your WARF licensing representative to discuss the award qualifications as they pertain to your invention and experimental research findings. These consultations can prove helpful when describing in your proposal what additional research is required to improve the patentability or licensability of your invention.

FY 2025 Deadlines
Q2: Aug. 15, 2024 (funding available Oct. 1)
Q3: Nov. 15, 2024 (funding available Jan. 1)
Q4: Feb. 14, 2025 (funding available Apr. 1)

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