Advanced Industries Grant Program Fuels Innovation at CSU

Apply today for up to $120,000 to fund your project

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CSU STRATA requests Letters of Intent (LOI) for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Advanced Industries Proof of Concept (POC) Grant program. The program aims to accelerate the commercialization of ideas and technologies, with the goal of stimulating economic impact. Projects span various industries pivotal to Colorado’s growth, including aerospace; advanced manufacturing; bioscience; electronics; energy and natural resources; infrastructure engineering; and technology and information. Non-temporary, salaried, state classified, or general CSU faculty employees are eligible to receive grants of up to $120,000. A 1:3 cash match is required.
Previous Grantee Highlights 
Intrinsically Crystalline and Infinitely Recyclable Polythioester Plastics. Eugene Chen, Department of Chemistry 

Rapid Quantitative STD Diagnosis. Charles Henry, Department of Chemistry 

A Fiber Embedded Hydrogel to Replace the Temporomandibular Joint Disc in a Pilot Ovine Study. Kevin Labus, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing of Grid-Stiffened Composite Structures. Donald Radford, Department of Mechanical Engineering

CornCrete Masonry Units for Low-Carbon Construction. Mahmoud Shakouri, Department of Construction Management 

Novel Upflow Leachbed Reactor Prototype for Anaerobic Digestion of Feedlot Manure. Sybil Sharvelle, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Application Details and Timeline 

Applicants can submit a Letter of Intent using the template provided on CSU STRATA’s website at The Letter of Intent submission period closes at 4 p.m. MDT on Sept. 8. Following the review and selection process, applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal. Visit for comprehensive application guidelines, eligibility criteria, and program details.  

CSU STRATA will host information sessions in the coming weeks for those who want to learn more about the program. Registration information can be found on the grant program page 

For questions regarding the application, email Sarah Belford at


The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the state’s economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. Visit to learn more.  


CSU STRATA is a private, nonprofit corporation, legally separate from the Colorado State University (CSU) System. Founded in 1941, we support and serve the campuses and affiliates of the CSU System through strategic real estate management, project development services, special project oversight, intellectual property management and technology transfer services, as well as operational management of regional, state, national, and international assets.