UCSC Launchpad Grants — Rounds 4 & 5 Now Open!

UCSC Launchpad — a proof-of-concept grant program

Grants are intended to assist promising UCSC technologies to become commercially viable. Many innovative ventures fail before initiation due to the lack of funding necessary to develop a proof-of-concept or a prototype needed to demonstrate market viability to potential customers, investors and partners.

The Office of Research is making available $100,000 for the Launchpad Program overall, with $50,000 being awarded in each of the Fiscal Years 2017-18 and 2018-19. Grants of $5K, $10K or $15K will be awarded to UCSC entrepreneurs who require further testing and/or demonstration of their promising innovations. 

Launchpad Grant Program Materials:

Important Dates:

Announcement release Dec. 3, 2018
Launchpad Q&A Session Monday Jan. 7, 2019, 3–4 pm Kerr Hall, Rm. 435
Application deadline  Monday, Jan. 14, 2019  (11:59 pm Pacific)
Grant Award Committee Review January 15–18, 2019
Notice of award  January 18, 2019  on or around
Award start date  February 1, 2019
Final report due Feb 15, 2020  
ROUND 5 Important Dates*
Launchpad Q&A Session Feb 11, 2019, 3–4 pm Kerr Hall, Rm. 435
Application Deadline Monday, March 18, 2019 (11:59 pm Pacific)
*If funds available

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If you have questions, email us at IATCprograms@ucsc.edu