Application Window for LAUNCH Funding Opens September 17, 2018

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Application Window for LAUNCH Funding Opens September 17, 2018

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will begin accepting applications for the 2019 LAUNCH Innovation Grants program on September 17, 2018, with the goal of identifying and fostering Auburn research that has potential for near-term commercialization.  Previous LAUNCH activity has generated a licensing agreement for a faculty start-up for one innovation, as well as data used to support proposals for follow-on development funding.  

The OVPR has set aside a pool of $100,000 per competition for LAUNCH awards. At the discretion of the judges and the Vice President for Research, some or all of this amount may be granted to one or more awardees.  Important dates to note are:

· September 17, 2018: Application window opens.  Apply through the Auburn University Competition Space.

· October 15, 2018: Deadline to either 1) submit an Innovation Disclosure form to IAC for the subject innovation or 2) have a meeting with an Innovation Advancement and Commercialization (IAC) licensing officer to review the subject innovation.  This is also the early review deadline to submit a draft application to IAC ( to receive feedback before formal submission; feedback to be provided by October 22nd.

· October 29, 2018: Application window closes.  Applications not associated with Auburn invention disclosures will not be reviewed.

· March 27, 2019: LAUNCH Finals.  Finalists should plan to be available to present.

For additional information, please visit: or contact Brian Wright, Director for Commercialization, at 334-844-7962.


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