Request for Proposals: RIF RFP FY21-22

The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) is now accepting applications for FY22 Regents Innovation Fund (RIF) proposals.

FY22 RIF Phase I and Phase II Proposals

EDIR is now accepting applications for FY22 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. 

Deadline for receipt of applications is May 14, 2021; the review panel date for selected Phase I and Phase II RIF applications is (tentatively) June 7, 14, 15, or 18, 2021. Prior to initiating the application process, applicants should contact Peter Hong, ISU Startup Factory,, 296-6429 to discuss their idea.