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Call for Proposals – UTRF Technology Maturation Grants


The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) is accepting submissions for the annual UTRF Maturation Funding program. The program helps UT researchers further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the four highest ranking proposals. Proposals must be received by the Office of Grants and Research Agreements by 5PM on October 19, 2018.


  • Open to all UTHSC researchers, faculty, staff and students at all campuses and institutes.
  • Projects must be related to an existing UTRF invention/creation disclosure, or a proposal can be associated with a newly submitted UTRF invention disclosure.
  • All proposals should be designed to increase the commercial readiness of an idea or technology. A proposal should clearly describe how the expected results will increase the commercial opportunities for the technology.
  • Proposals that only generate basic research will not be funded.
  • Identification of potential commercial partners for collaboration on this proposal is encouraged.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals should contain these components:

  1. The technology and its existing data
  2. Plan of work
  3. Expected results
  4. Budget Funds should be directed to labor, materials, and services necessary to achieve the proposed deliverable(s). Indirect costs are not allowed. Funds may not be used for PI salary, but may be used for student, post doc, or technical staff salary support, or be directed to equipment, supplies, or other reasonable expenses.
  5. Assessment of how the expected results will increase the commercial opportunities for the technology.
  • Proposals should not exceed 3 pages, plus references which may be included as a 1-page appendix.
  • Proposals must be received by OSP (through Evisions) by 5PM on October 19, 2018.

Judging Criteria

A panel of technical and business experts from inside and outside of the university will rank-order projects based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of a path for commercial development
  • Market potential
  • Stage of development


  • October 19, 2018 @5PM – Proposal must be received via Evisions
  • December 5, 2018 – Awards announced
  • January 2, 2019 – Project start date
  • October 4, 2019 – Project completion date
  • October 25, 2019 – Final report due


Call or email Richard Magid (rmagid1@uthsc.edu or 901-448-1562) if you have questions.