Fall 2016 applications closing soon – RSVP for an information session

Applications for the Fall 2016 Innovation Fund are closing soon!

The University of Chicago Innovation Fund is a $20mm fund that invests in early business development and proof-of-concept work for projects / ventures created by faculty, students, and staff.

The Innovation Fund awards grants and invests in promising technologies and start-ups with high potential for societal and commercial impact, helping them to bridge the gap between basic research funding and commercial investment. The Innovation Fund makes investments ranging from $20,000 to $250,000 that enable the teams to reach a critical milestones, paving the way for commercialization, market validation, or external funding.

The Innovation Fund team will be hosting two information sessions for researchers and entrepreneurs to learn more about the fund and ask specific questions pertaining to their projects and technologies. You can RSVP for one of the sessions below.

Argonne information session

UChicago information session

The deadline for the fall cycle is September 14, 2016. You may apply online at:

Innovation Fund application website

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Jason Pariso, director, at jpariso@uchicago.edu.