The annual maturation program aims to assist researches in advancing new technologies on the path to market by awarding up to $15,000 in direct costs to the highest ranking proposals. 

Guidelines

  • Open to all UT researchers, faculty, staff and students at all campuses and institutes.
  • Projects must be related to an existing UT invention disclosure, OR a proposal can be accompanied by a new UT invention/creation disclosure. (Visit idea.tennessee.edu to submit a new invention disclosure.)
  • All proposals should clearly respond to the four questions outlined in the proposal application.
  • Proposals that only generate basic research results should not be submitted.

Proposal Requirements

  • NEW FORMAT: Please read the appropriate application overview (updated yearly) and complete the UTRF Technology Maturation Grant Proposal application. Other forms of submission will not be accepted.
  • The proposal should not exceed 2 pages, excluding references and figures. One page of references and one page of figures may be included as appendices. Half a page is allotted for each question on the application. Therefore, the proposal plus the appendices must not exceed 4 pages.
  • The proposal should be received by the campus-specific research office by posted deadline date.

Judging Criteria

A panel of technical and business experts from inside and outside of the university will rank-order projects based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of a Path for Commercial Development
  • Market Potential
  • Stage of Development

Examples of Eligible Projects

Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Establishment of application or proof-of-concept.
  • Prototype development.
  • Addressing specific questions or suggested improvements from potential licensees.
  • Meaningfully improving intellectual property related to a technology.

Past Winners

To date, more than $1,000,000 in awards has been made to more than 90 projects.