2017-18 Launchpad Proof of Concept Grant Program

The UCSC Launchpad program is a proof of concept grant program 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 August 15, 2017 
Application deadline  Thursday, September 28, 2017  (11:59 pm Pacific)
Grant Award Committee Review September 29 - October 13, 2017 
Notice of award  October 16, 2017 on or around 
Award start date  October 23, 2017 
Final report due October 15, 2018

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