Regents Innovation Fund Proposals

Request for Proposals – RIF Grants Competition and Proof-of-Concept Competition

The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) is now accepting applications for FY21 Regents Innovation Fund (RIF) proposals. There are two categories in which to apply:

FY21 RIF Phase I and Phase II Proposals

EDIR is now accepting applications for FY21 Regents Innovation Fund (RIF) Phase I and Phase II proposals. The funds are to support the development of Iowa State University innovations with commercial potential and to help more Iowa State technology reach the marketplace as the foundation for new Iowa companies and/or the growth of existing Iowa companies.

The funding is intended to support a wide-range of stages in technology development, from the initial research concept (prior to intellectual property disclosure), to proof of concept, to licensing and commercialization.  All proposals should have a clear commercial benefit or potential for the state of Iowa and must show a clear participation by Iowa industry(s).  Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

Download the application for Phase I and Phase II RIF projects here and the evaluation form here.

FY21 RIF Proof-of-Concept Proposals

A new pilot Proof-of-Concept (POC) funding program is available this year for small POC projects to support the development of ISU innovations with commercial potential and address knowledge gaps identified through ISU I-Corps Site participation

Download the application for pilot Proof-of-Concept RIF projects here and the evaluation criteria here.

Deadline for receipt of applications is May 15, 2020; the review panel date for selected Phase I and Phase II RIF applications is June 11, 2020. Prior to initiating the application process, applicants should contact Kris Johansen, kajohans@iastate.edu, 294-3208 to discuss their idea.