Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) Proposal Instructions Fiscal Year 2009-2010 (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010) Electronic proposal submission deadlines April 27, 2009 July 27, 2009 October 26, 2009 January 25, 2010 April 26, 2010 **Contact your school/college for their deadlines for internal review of proposals Questions: Application: Heather Daniels, Graduate School, 263-7274, firstname.lastname@example.org Review of Applications: Andy Detienne, WARF, 262-7859, email@example.com Award: Heather Daniels, Graduate School, 263-7274, firstname.lastname@example.org Since 1981 The Graduate School has supported the additional research often necessary to bring new concepts and inventions to the patent and licensing stage via the Technology Innovation Fund (TIF). The program goal is the eventual introduction of new products and processes into the market place for the public good. Awards are subject to availability of funding. Graduate School Technology Transfer Grant Programs 317 Bascom Hall 500 Lincoln Drive Madison, WI 53706 608.263.7274 Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) grants are awarded to investigators to support additional research to improve the patentability and/or licensability of their inventions that have already been disclosed to and accepted by WARF for patenting or similar intellectual property protection. Examples of activities that could enhance patentability or licensability include, but are not limited to, prototype development, expansion of studies to include additional exemplary demonstrations, and application testing Consult WARF before writing your proposal Prior to writing a proposal, we highly recommended that you consult a patenting or licensing representative at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) (608-263-2500) about your invention disclosure and experimental research findings. Based on the consultations, you must describe in your proposal what additional research is required to improve the patentability or licensability of your invention. How to submit an Invention Disclosure Report You may submit your Invention Disclosure Report (IDR) electronically. Go to www.warf.org and click on “IDR” under the tab “For UW Inventors.” Changes to 2009-2010 TIF Competitions Fringe benefits should be included in the budget and will be charged to the grant. Award limit has been raised to $50,000. Eligibility Applicants must have submitted a formal Invention Disclosure Report (IDR) to WARF about the technology, and WARF must have accepted the disclosure for further patenting, licensing, or copyrighting activity Applicants must be University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members or academic staff Applicants must be in residence on the Madison campus during the funding period Funding level Proposals are funded at a level necessary to achieve research objectives. Awards cannot exceed $50,000. Funding period Funding is made available throughout the calendar year. Proposals normally are funded for up to 12 months of effort. Proposal submission deadlines Proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis. See front page for current deadlines. Contact your school/college for their deadlines for internal review of proposals. Proposal evaluation Funding decisions are based on patent and licensing potential, scientific and technical merit, and funding availability. Final report required A report summarizing your findings is due upon completion of the project. You will be contacted about how to submit your report on-line at the end of each fiscal year. New TIF applications will not be accepted until reports from previous years have been completed. Further information For information about the Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) and the Industrial & Economic Development Research (IEDR) program, contact Heather Daniels, (608) 263-7274, email@example.com or visit http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/research/researchfunding/index.html School/College technology transfer representatives University technology transfer staff members can offer you assistance in formulating your grant proposal. Locate your school or college representative in the table below. Agricultural and Life Sciences Irwin Goldman 262-2397 firstname.lastname@example.org Engineering Lawrence Casper 265-4104 email@example.com Letters and Science William Barker 263-0540 firstname.lastname@example.org Medical School Stephen Harsy 262-7866 email@example.com Pharmacy, Veterinary School and Graduate School 263-7274 other science departments not firstname.lastname@example.org listed above Business School and other non- Allen Dines 262-2797 science departments not listed email@example.com above Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) Proposal Format and Instructions Part 1. Cover page Part 2. Budget form (2-page form) Enter dollar amounts (no cents). List salaries at estimated rates for the fiscal year in which they will be charged. List fringe benefits at estimated rates for the fiscal year in which they will be charged. Enter the name and title, if known, and percent of full-time employment of the staff person or graduate student for whom funding is requested. Enter the total dollars requested for student hourly workers. Project Travel Funds are available for travel only when travel is a critical component of the research project. Travel to conferences is not funded. All travel requests require justification. Indicate the nature of the trip(s), destination, duration, and cost. Expenses should follow UW System travel guidelines. Supplies and Expenses Provide a detailed list of supplies and expenses and the costs for each item. Capital Equipment Any equipment over $5,000 is considered a capital expense. Fiscal Year Requests Please divide your total budget into requests for the current and next fiscal year as indicated on the budget form. Keep in mind that grants should represent 12 months of effort so not all grants will need to overlap fiscal years. This is extremely important information and will facilitate the maximum use of funds available. Part 3. Summary or abstract 3a. Identify the need, problem, or opportunity and its significance with respect to the invention. 3b. State the research objectives, research plan, and anticipated results. 3c. Describe the benefits of the proposed research as it relates to the innovation's patentability and potential licensing opportunities. Part 4. Description of intellectual property and its status 4a. Describe the invention in detail. 4b. Why is the invention important? Include information about the potential impact of this technology, its uses, and users. Include financial information if you have it. 4c. Identify your invention by citing the disclosure title, patent title and number, WARF P Number, and the names of other inventors. 4d. Provide a statement about the current stage or status of the invention, e.g., disclosure, patent filing, patent issuance, assignment, agreements. Part 5. Enhancement of patentability or licensability Describe how the research project will improve the invention's patentability or licensability. Part 6. Research objectives 6a. Describe your specific research objectives in order of priority, focusing on objectives that can be completed in one year. 6b. For each objective, estimate the cost and the time required for completion. Part 7. Research plan Clearly link your one-year research plan to your research objectives. Include the following points: 7a. Introduction to the proposed area of study 7b. Experimental methods to achieve each objective or task 7c. Anticipated results 7d. 12-month work performance schedule, timeline, or GANTT chart. 7e. Discussion of possible problems you might encounter and your proposed methods to surmount them Part 8. Related research Describe significant and recent research related to your proposed effort, including your own work and others in the field, and a concise bibliography. Part 9. Principal investigator and key personnel Provide a brief statement regarding the qualifications of the principal investigator and other key personnel participating in the research. Provide only relevant biographical information and publications. Do not submit curriculum vitae. Part 10. Equipment and facilities Describe the facilities and equipment available to conduct the proposed work. Part 11. Sources of funding support for inventive research 11a. Identify past, current, and pending extramural and university sources of support related to the intellectual property and the proposed work described above. 11b. Describe any activities to solicit support from the industrial/business sector. Submission Instructions Page limit Limit your proposal to ten pages including the cover page and budget forms. Do NOT include a copy of your patent or disclosure. Submit your proposal 1. TIF proposals do NOT need a WISPER record. 2. Send one original copy with department and school/college signatures to Heather Daniels, The Graduate School, 317 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI, 53706. 3. Save entire proposal as a PDF using this format for the file name: PI last name-TIF.pdf (e.g., smith-TIF.pdf) 4. Send entire proposal as a PDF file via e-mail to: GSGRANTS@bascom.wisc.edu 5. Proposals are reviewed by a committee comprised of WARF employees. 6. Results of pending proposals are typically available within 3-4 weeks of the application deadline.
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