Archive for the ‘Funding Opportunities’ Category

OpenGrounds and Vonage Sponsor ‘Virality’ Research

U.Va.’s OpenGrounds and Vonage are at it again — this time partnering to sponsor research on the viral spread of information as a characteristic of instantaneous global communication.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to apply by April 20 to be a part of a multi-disciplinary group, made up of two to three research teams. Each of the teams will be awarded $15,000-$25,000 to conduct their research and collaborate with the other teams over an eight-month period (May-December 2013).

OpenGrounds and Vonage previously partnered to sponsor a competition for students to “invent the future of social messaging.” First-year engineering student Brent Baumgartner took home the top prize and $15,000 for his location-based “Attendr” concept.

For more information or to see the call for proposals, click here.

U.Va. Ventures Take $500,000 in Latest Round of CIT Funding

Tau Therapeutics

Andrew Krouse, Timothy Macdonald (center) and Lloyd Gray of Tau Therapeutics. Photo by Tom Cogill.

U.Va.-affiliated ventures HemoSonics LLC, PocketSonics Inc. and Tau Therapeutics LLC and engineering professor Eric Loth were awarded a total of more than $500,000 from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, administered by the state’s Center for Innovative Technology, in its second round of funding.

Under the fund’s Commercialization Program, Tau Therapeutics will receive $200,000 to advance its novel cancer therapy, mibefradil; HemoSonics will receive $100,000 to support the development of its in vitro diagnostic device for assessing abnormal bleeding and clotting; and PocketSonics will receive approximately $54,000 to improve the interconnect design of the SonicWindow, a pocket-sized medical ultrasound device that images vascular structures beneath the skin.

Loth, associate chair of aerospace engineering and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will receive $150,000 under the fund’s general Matching Funds Program. Providing a match to National Science Foundation funding, the award will fund the development and commercialization of an innovative coating that can be used to protect structural building materials from the elements.

The fund awarded a total of $3.1 million to 20 organizations throughout the commonwealth in its 2012 cycle, following its initial distribution of $3.6 million in fall 2011. To see a complete list of the companies and projects receiving funding from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund in 2012, click here.

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Call for Applications to the U.Va.-Darden Business Plan Competition

The competition provides an opportunity for new business ventures by students, faculty, staff, and alumni. To enter the competition, at least one member of the team should be currently affiliated with U.Va.. Ventures that previously placed in the venture are not eligible.

The competition will be held on April 12, 2012. Submit your application for the U.Va.-Darden Business Plan Competition by April 1, 2012.

When: April 12, 2012

Where: U.Va. Darden School of Business

How to Apply: See details for submissions at

The application deadline is April 1.

For more information, visit the U.Va.-Darden Business Plan Competition.

Call for Applications for the Kauffman Life Science Ventures Summit

Founders of life sciences startups have an opportunity to network and find answers to critical questions about how to grow viable life sciences companies at the inaugural Kauffman Life Science Ventures Summit in June, sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The two-day summit will feature industry experts ans successful entrepreneurs who will offer guidance on how to commercialize innovations for medical devices, therapeutics, diagnostics and digital health. The Summit’s speakers include Kim Popovits, CEO, Genomic Health (keynote); Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur and author; Stephen Spielberg, deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco at the Food & Drug Administration; Paul Yock, founder, Stanford Biodesign; Karl Handelsman, managing director, CMEA Capital and more.

When: June 22-23, 2012

Where: Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California-San Francisco

How to Apply: 200 life science entrepreneurs will be selected under four sectors: therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health, and will be accepted on how much they will benefit from the experience and the commercial viability of their plan.

The application deadline is April 2.

For more information, see the Foundation’s application forms.

U.Va. Students are Invited to Compete for the $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge

Do you or your friends have innovative ideas for developing new energy technologies?  Then the $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge is for you!

Through a a series of five regional competitions, the Department of Energy is awarding $2 million to student-entrepreneurs for new, viable clean energy solutions. U.Va. students are encouraged to enter the $100,000 ACC Clean Energy Challenge for a chance to compete for the Department of Energy National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals in Washington D.C. this summer.

Important dates and steps to remember:

March 23: Executive Summary (3 pages) and an Investor Video Pitch (3-5 minutes) are due. In this preliminary round, students compete with teams from their university.

April 10: Teams notified of advancement to Southeast Regional Competition.

April 20: Full Commercialization Plans due.

April 24-25: Fifteen teams gather at the University of Maryland to make 20-minute presentations and compete for top prizes.

For more information on the ACC Challenge, see the registration page and more complete rule, click here.

If you a student at U.Va. and you want to submit an entry, contact Professor Bernie Carlson at

ATCC-U.Va. Partner to Fund Postdoctoral Fellowships

The University of Virginia and ATCC, the premier biological materials resource and standards organization, recently announced a partnership to fund six, two-year postdoctoral research fellowships aimed at developing technologies and tools in cell biology, microbiology and genomics research.

Beginning this summer, the selected fellows will split their time between U.Va. and ATCC. They will kick start their research at the University, where they will spend a minimum of nine months and will complete up to 15 months at ATCC’s laboratories. Fellows will have a sponsor at each institution, who will offer joint advising throughout the project.

“Through this strategic partnership with ATCC, we are able to provide U.Va. researchers with incredibly valuable training – in industry as well as the academic setting – that will serve them throughout their careers,” said W. Mark Crowell, executive director of U.Va. Innovation and associate vice president for research at U.Va. “The University is proud to partner with one of Virginia’s largest biotechnology companies to provide excellent opportunities to our fellows and to foster discovery and new-product development in this important space.”

Interested candidates can access the request for proposals here.

For more information, see the press release here.



Research Commercialization Funding Available from CIT

Last month, we shared the news that nine University of Virginia spin-offs were awarded nearly $1.8 million in federal funding under the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, administered by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT).

CIT is now accepting proposals for the fund’s winter 2012 cycle, with letters of intent due this Friday, Feb. 17, at 11:59 p.m. Click here for more information and to apply.

Following required letters of intent, proposals will be accepted through March 8, with award announcements planned for mid-June.