REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
TECH LAUNCH ARIZONA
PROOF OF CONCEPT PROGRAM
Program Name: TLA Proof of Concept Program
Program Objective: To provide financial support to allow inventors to generate data in
furtherance of proof for the commercial viability of their UA invention.
Project Size and Term: From $10,000 up to $40,000 of funding is available for a four
and a half month period beginning January 7, 2013 and ending May 15, 2013.
Application Deadline: November 28, 2012.
Application Eligibility: Current researchers of The University of Arizona.
Where to Submit: The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
How to Submit: Electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS A PROOF OF CONCEPT (POC) Program?
This new program provides early stage financial support to enable further development and
validation of promising University of Arizona technologies that have commercial potential yet
need to resolve certain market-driven technical risk questions. POC funding will be no less than
$10,000 and up to $40,000. The winning proposals will be selected based on a competitive
application process. Applications for POC awards should be submitted through the OTT and
will be reviewed by an independent panel of technology and market experts, which makes the
If you have not previously submitted an invention disclosure to OTT related to the POC project
you want to pursue, then the first step is to complete and submit an Invention Disclosure Form
found at (http://ottweb.web.arizona.edu/uploads/forms/Invention-Disclosure-Form.doc).
WHO CAN APPLY?
Current researchers at the University of Arizona are eligible to apply for and receive funding.
POC BUDGET AND TERM:
The POC Program application is available at www.ott.arizona.edu. Proposals will be due by
November 28, 2012. Final selections will be announced on December 17, 2012.
Funding will be arranged in time for research to begin on January 7, 2013. If funds have not
been at least partially expended by February 15, 2013, the account will be closed. All work and
related expenditures must be completed by May 15, 2013. Statements of work shall include
deliverables that are due on May 15, 2013, as well as the final report, which is due on May 31,
APPROVED USES OF POC PROGRAM FUNDS:
The program funds are intended to answer critical questions about the commercial viability of
early stage inventions to reduce the technical and market risks for potential commercial
partners. The POC funding should achieve specific goals that address and resolve risk factors
to increase the marketability and commercial adoption of the technology.
Some sample objectives:
1. Generate data to support the potential commercial value of the invention.
2. Advance the work so that it is ready for prototype development and testing.
3. Validate academic software code for commercial application.
4. Design, construct, and evaluate a prototype device, delivery system, software, etc.
POC funds are not intended for use as bridge funding, basic research funding, or to provide
general lab support.
All intellectual property considered for this funding and generated during the POC funding will
be assigned to the University of Arizona. POC applicants will be required to execute the
necessary documents to ensure the title to any intellectual property rests with the Arizona Board
Year Date Activity
2012 October 18th – 25th POC INTRODUCTION SEMINARS
October 24th Invention Disclosures Due
October 29th - November 2nd POC FOLLOW-UP SEMINARS
November 28th POC Project Proposals Due
December 5th TLA Pre-Evaluation
December 10th External Evaluation Meeting 1 (IT)
December 11th External Evaluation Meeting 2 (Phys/Eng)
December 12th External Evaluation Meeting 3 (Life Sci)
December 17th Award Announcement to Applicant
Accounts opened by TLA and
2013 January 7th Faculty Notified May Begin POC Work
February 15th Last Date to Commence Expenditures
May 15th Final Date for POC Work and Expenditures
May 31st * Final Report Due *
A Final Report by the funding recipient explaining the results of the work done using the POC
funds will be due on May 31, 2013. The format of the final report will be sent to the final
University of Arizona Office of Technology Transfer
Proof of Concept (POC) Program Application
Spring 2013 Round
(Applications are due by November 28, 2012)
Use Arial 11 Font for all text in application
Full Name E-mail address Department/Lab
Other Key Participants
Full Name E-mail address Organization/Affiliation
1.0 Project Summary (2 pages maximum)
The summary should be a non-confidential high-level opportunity statement and should not
provide a highly sophisticated description of the technology being developed. Briefly describe
the problem to be solved and shortcomings of existing solutions. It is not necessary to deeply
delve into the technical details of your proposed solution in this section; one sentence to the
effect of “We propose to deliver X with characteristics Y” is adequate. Do not disclose any
proprietary information in this project summary. Contents of this section may be summarized
and appear on the OTT web site and may be distributed to potential licensees and investors.
Clearly identify the major market forces that your invention is addressing. Cite sources for the
discussion of market drivers. Market drivers may include cost, adoption, specificity, safety,
speed, portability, scalability, reduced environmental impact, etc. The goals should be to focus
on market drivers, technical steps to be undertaken, design of the proposed research study,
how the design relates to the identified market drivers, and the project deliverables.
2.0 Project Technical Description (3 pages total)
The project description should address in sufficient detail the technical approach of the project,
in light of the proof of concept purpose of this POC program. Describe the proposed project
(strategy, key experiment(s), and technical goals) with a statement of the problem to be solved
and the proposed solution. Include a brief description of the invention and relevant research to
date. Describe the technical objectives of the research and their significance, the points of
novelty and the risks associated with the project.
2.1 Project Technical Description Elements (2 pages maximum)
Successful applications should have the potential for each award to begin the translation
from academic research to commercial application. The following items should be
a) Clear and concise statement of the commercial and technical problem being
b) The competitive advantage of the expected solution over existing solutions.
c) Clear identification of the market drivers applicable to this technology.
d) Description of the next steps in advancing the technology if proposed objectives are
e) The technical hurdles the work seeks to overcome.
f) Description of additional funds, if available, and their use.
g) Project contribution to strengthening IP underlying the technology.
2.2 Statement of Work (1 page maximum)
Describe the specific steps to be undertaken to reach the deliverable for the specified
goal to be achieved within the proposed timeline of the POC funds and at the end of the
project, such as prototypes, demonstrations, functionality, and related data that would
show commercial feasibility.
Date Milestone or Project Deliverable
3.0 Commercial Significance (1 page maximum)
The following items should be addressed:
a) What is the expected impact of the project on the commercial viability of the technology?
b) What is the commercial significance of the project results?
c) How would the proposed project advance the invention toward a marketable product?
4.0 Budget (1 page maximum)
Summarize the funds required to complete the project tasks and provide a detailed budget
indicating the use of program funds. The budget must be commensurate with the task(s) to be
completed as this is not a general lab funding mechanism. POC funds must be used primarily
for applied research, testing, prototype development, and other technology-focused activities
consistent with the proof of concept purpose of the investment. Examples of funding categories
are personnel (student or technician), supplies or materials required and any contracted or
vendor-provided work. Personnel costs should be itemized with employee name, title, salary
cost and ERE cost. This should also include the employee’s role in performing a task. There are
no indirect costs to be included since this is University funded.
Download the POC Budget Request Form located at www.ott.arizona.edu. Please complete in
its entirety, print, and submit along with the application materials.
Note: The term of funding must not exceed 4.5 months and funds should not be designated for
5.0 Appendix (5 pages maximum)
Please include any references you feel are relevant to your proposal, any additional financial
support, (such as from other University sources or potential interested commercial parties), and
biographical sketches of the Faculty and other key personnel involved in the proposal. Please
include any external references to market studies, patents, and scientific/industry literature you
feel are relevant to your proposal. Please provide information on any collaborators (internal to
UA or external) or funding/materials that encumber your work such as sponsored or
collaborative research agreements, consulting agreements, and/or Material Transfer