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BNL 2014 Call for Technology Maturation Funding Proposals

Submission Deadline – April 28, 2014

Program Description

The Technology Maturation (TM) fund is allocated for the commercial development of promising early stage BNL technologies.  The strategic objectives of the fund are to assist BNL in licensing such technologies more effectively, to develop opportunities for sponsored research funding and collaborations, and to expedite the transfer of promising new technologies into market deployment.  With these objectives in mind, the fund seeks to support innovative research aimed at extending preliminary observations, establishing proof-of-principle, and enhancing (or generating) BSA intellectual property positions.

Schedule at a Glance:

  Dates
Submission Deadline Monday, April 28, 2014
Notification to PI about the Preliminary Selection Friday, May 2, 2014
PIs Oral Presentation to Review Committee Monday, May 12, 2014
Final Award Notification Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Eligibility: The principal investigator of the TM proposal can be a BSA employee or a joint appointee.  However, please note joint appointee can only submit TM proposals for technologies in which BSA is at least part owner of the underlying associated intellectual property. 

Funding Levels:  It is anticipated that the maximum funding level for this 2014 call will be up to $75,000 and the project period of up to one year.

Proposal Development: The proposal should be drafted using the Technology Maturation Proposal Information Questionnaire (TMPIQ) for Technology Maturation Funding. Proposals that do not follow the TMPIQ format will be rejected. 

Download the Technology Maturation Proposal Information Questionnaire Form (.doc)

It is strongly recommended that you contact a member of Office of Technology Commercialization and Partnerships Office (OTCP) before filling out the TMPIQ.

  • Christine Brakel (631-344-7134): Biology, Medical and Chemistry;
  • Christine Brakel (631-344-7134) or Poornima Upadhya (631-344-4711): Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Condensed Matter Physics Instrumentation Division, Superconducting Magnet, Sustainable Energy, Nonproliferation and Nuclear Science and Material Science;
  • Poornima Upadhya (631-344-4711): Photon Sciences Environmental Sciences, Physics and Collider Accelerator.

If you have general questions, contact Poornima Upadhya at 631-344-4711.

Submission: The completed TMPIQ form can be submitted either as a hard copy or an electronic file to Cyrena Condemi (cyrena@bnl.gov).

Evaluation Criteria: The selection of proposals for funding will be based on IP assessment, market and business risk assessment and potential for technology transfer.  Learn more about the evaluation criteria (.pdf) and the technology readiness levels definition (.pdf)

Review: The licensing team from the OTCP reviews the submitted proposals and selects projects for oral presentation before a review committee.  The PI’s will be notified about the preliminary selection.  The PIs of the selected proposals need to prepare and give a brief oral presentation to the review committee.  The review committee selects the projects to be recommended for funding and the amount of each award.

Reporting Requirements: The PIs of funded projects will be expected to submit semi-annual and final reports.