UCSC Launchpad Grants

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 December 15, 2017 
Launchpad Q&A Session Wed Jan 17, 2018 10am - 11 am, Kerr Hall, Rm. 278
Application deadline  Monday, March 5, 2018 (11:59 pm Pacific)
Grant Award Committee Review March 6-15, 2018
Notice of award  March 16, 2018 on or around 
Award start date  March 26, 2018
Final report due April 15, 2019

Click Here to View All Launchpad Award Winners

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