Please familiarize yourself with the grant program requirements and criteria for evaluation
on our website:
DO NOT EXCEED 4 PAGES (not including graphics – additional images and graphics
are encouraged) Please DO NOT change the font or margins. Please minimize file size and
the resolution of the graphics for the convenience of our reviewers.
THE MAXIMUM FILE SIZE IS 10MB. You should submit your pre-proposal as a Word file
not as a pdf.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE USE THIS FORMAT TO NAME YOUR FILE AND SAVE AS .doc
PILastName_Preproposal_Fall12 - eg. SMITH_Preproposal_Fall12. Please do not send a
If you are submitting more than one pre-proposal in this round, it is important to
differentiate the files by adding 1 and 2 after PILastName – eg.
SMITH1_Preproposal_Fall12 and SMITH2_Preproposal_Fall12
It is advisable to save this document on your local system.
TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL:
The cover sheet and proposal need to be submitted electronically by 5PM
on the due date to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive an email confirmation from Deshpande Center. If you do
not receive a confirmation email within a day of submission, please contact
us at the same email address or call x3-0943.
NOTE: THIS PRE-PROPOSAL WILL BE VIEWED UNDER CONFIDENCE BY OUR GRANT
REVIEW PANEL, WHICH INCLUDES SOME INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE MIT. THIS
PROPOSAL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PUBLIC DISCLOSURE.
Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
Grant Pre-Proposal Fall 2012 Round
Please type or click in gray boxes to complete OR select from drop-down menu. You can tab between the
Project Title: [Project Title]
Proposal ID: [PI Last name] Grant Type: Ignition Grant
Please select only one
Preferred contact person:
Name: Total funds requested: $ Dollar Amt.
Title: Must not exceed $50k for ignition or $250k for innovation grants
MIT address: Proposed term of funding: [Select] mo. (12
First Name Last Name Department/Lab * email Faculty
PI [Name] [Select]
Co-I 1 [Select]
Co-I 2 [Select]
Co-I 3 [Select]
*Department / division / lab / center managing grant
Other Key Participants
Name Title/Organization Email
Please read and check the boxes for TLO status of your project. Please note, your TLO status has
NO bearing on your eligibility for a Deshpande Center Grant.
Have you already disclosed your technology to the TLO (Technology License Office)?
If so, who is your TLO officer? [Name of TLO Officer]
[PI Last Name]
Please do not exceed 4 pages of text.
[Provide a brief one paragraph overview of your pre-proposal, i.e. the technology and
problem it might solve, and what you plan to accomplish with the grant]
[Provide a brief overview of the problem you propose to solve. What is the potential
societal, academic and market impact? What is the customer "pain" that you are
attempting to address? Concrete market data is encouraged. For Ignition grants: multiple
applications can be suggested and explored at this point. This should be understandable
and compelling by someone not skilled in the art.]
[Briefly describe the proposed project and how it addresses the problem. This should be
a high level description that can be understood by someone only moderately familiar
with the field. Clarify the current status of the innovation and any related intellectual
property. Emphasize the benefits and novelty of the project, with respect to the team’s
prior work, prior art, and current approaches (even if the approaches are not technically
similar). Graphics are encouraged.]
[What do you envision to be the key next step to making impact with this innovation
(e.g., sponsored research support, licensing, venture financing)? What is the time
frame? Describe both the technical and market uncertainty as well as the risks that might
be preventing this idea from proceeding along that path. How would Deshpande Center
funding and programs adequately reduce the uncertainty to advance the project to the
key next step? (http://web.mit.edu/deshpandecenter/activities.html)]
[Briefly describe your research strategy. List the expected deliverables that you propose
to achieve within the proposed time line of the grant and at the end of the project – code,
prototype, data proving feasibility, etc.]
Team and Collaborations
[List team members and collaborators and describe their roles in the project. Note:
Collaborations are not required, but are welcome. Comment on the potential IP
ownership implications of this collaboration. Please disclose financial interest or
affiliation (if any) that investigators have with collaborators. Have any of the team
members established a start-up related to the work? Identify any potential conflicts of
interest and how they will be managed.]
MIT confidential 1 Due April 9, 2012
Resources and Budget
[Approximately what resources (people, equipment) do you require to complete the
project? Ignition grants can request up to $50,000. Innovation program grant request
up to $250,000 will be considered with very strong budget justification. Term of funding
should not exceed one year. This total must include standard Institute F&A for
[If you are asked to submit a full proposal, these reviewers will be contacted between the
time you are notified and the time your full proposal is submitted. They will then be sent
a copy of your full proposal. Suggest at least six internal (MIT) reviewers, preferably not
all in your department or lab. Please keep in mind that they should not have any conflict
of interest with this work1. Additional external reviewers also are welcome. Optional:
please indicate if there is anyone you would prefer not to receive a copy of this proposal.
Please include title, email, and phone.]
PLEASE USE THIS FORMAT TO NAME YOUR FILE: PILastName_Preproposal_Fall12eg.
Conflict of interest for reviewers arises when the reviewer has a direct financial or academic
stake in the success of the work. Conflict of interest also would arise if the reviewer has a
financial stake or advisory relationship with a company that might be competitive with the
technologies or business models described in the proposal. In these two cases, a reviewer is
asked to refrain from reviewing the proposal. Conflict of interest can be managed in a third case
where the two parties know each other well or had worked together in the past if the reviewer
feels that he/she can give objective feedback despite the relationship. In any case, the reviewer
should disclose any relationship or potential conflict to the Deshpande Center.
MIT confidential 2 Due April 9, 2012