The fund is designed to advance the commercial potential of Purdue intellectual property through short-term research projects.
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization based on criteria including significance of the invention, stage of development, commercialization potential, path to commercialization, intellectual property landscape and the applicant’s commitment to commercialization.
There are three Trask Innovation Fund tracks:
- Innovation Sparks for Life Science and Medical Devices: Eligible innovations are applicable to life sciences and medical devices. Technology must not be under any option/license.
- Innovation Sparks for Physical Sciences: Eligible innovations are applicable to engineering, chemistry, computer sciences and other fields outside of life sciences. Technology must not be under any option/license.
- Commercialization Partner Spark: Technologies in any technology domain for which (a) OTC has either signed an option agreement with a potential licensee or (b) the applicant is engaged with Purdue Research Foundation to establish a commercialization partnership and will sign an option for technology before receiving Trask funding.
Applications for Trask Innovation Fund must be submitted through Sponsored Program Services (SPS) Pre-Award Center.
All Purdue faculty, staff and researchers who have submitted a disclosure to OTC are eligible to submit proposals. For more information on Trask Innovation Fund eligibility and submission guidelines, visit here.