BIG CHANGES COMING TO SPRING 2018 TBDP PROGRAM!

BIG CHANGES TO TBDP FOR SPRING 2018

August 1, 2017 – The OSU Technology Development Center (TDC) Technology Business Development Program (TBDP) has been going strong since 2005 with only a few minor program changes. In that time, TDC has awarded more than $3.5 million in grants to researchers across OSU for a variety of products with commercialization potential with an additional $11.7 million in follow-on state and federal grants.

In fall 2016 the TBDP Committee began to require a more focused and detailed commercialization plan to the proposal process. After much discussion among the committee members, it was decided that commercialization plans have not been as detailed or as complete as needed by the committee even though submitted proposals were adequate. More education and guidance are needed on what a true commercialization plan looks like and what the committee needs to see.

As a result, TDC and the TBDP Committee, working alongside the Spears School of Business and the OSU NSF I-Corps Site program, will begin requiring attendance at an I-Corps Short Course prior to submitting a proposal/award of TBDP grant monies. This change takes effect in spring 2018.

The I-Corps program was created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2011 to help move academic research funded by NSF to market. The I-Corps program engages teams of scientists, engineers, and researchers to understand the potential value of their technologies and successfully move them out of the lab and into the market by talking to potential customers, partners and competitors and encountering the challenges and uncertainties of technology commercialization.

The I-Corps Site at Oklahoma State University (OSU) helps catalyze I-Corps teams locally from Oklahoma’s academic institutions, whose technology concepts are likely candidates for commercialization. The OSU I-Corps Site provides advice, resources, network opportunities, and training, in addition to up to $3,000 per team in NSF funding to help commercialization efforts. The OSU I-Corps Site team's NSF funding can be used for approved expenses such as Lean Launchpad training, team travel to interview customers, and entrepreneurial training, and provides NSF funding lineage, which is required to apply for a $50,000 National I-Corps grant. 

Details about the requirements for the spring 2018 TBDP proposal process will be forthcoming, but you can start to prepare now by attending the upcoming I-Corps Short Course in Stillwater on October 4, 2017. For details and to learn more about applying go to icorps.okstate.edu, or contact Stephanie Sellers, I-Corps Site Manager, at 405-744-6930, stephanie.d.sellers@okstate.edu.

Fall 2017 TBDP proposals will not require I-Corps, but the program will be encouraged for all participants/awardees.

 

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