Technology Transfer

Advanced Industries Proof of Concept Grant Program

Fueling Economic Growth in Colorado

CSU STRATA is requesting applicant presentations for funding through the Advanced Industries (AI) Proof of Concept (POC) Program. This funding is provided to Colorado State University (CSU) through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and is intended to accelerate the commercialization of CSU innovations with high potential for creating economic impact in the State of Colorado. CSU applicants may request up to $135,000 in funding for POC projects related to the following industries: Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Bioscience, Electronics, Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure Engineering, and Technology and Information. A 1:3 cash match is required.

Applying to Advanced Industries Proof of Concept Grant Program

Please read our RFP document for details on how to apply for funding. Interested applicants should register to give a 15-minute presentation summarizing their project concept via the link below and should use the presentation template provided. The deadline to sign up for a time slot is 11:59pm on Aug. 5, 2024.

In response to feedback, this year’s application process will differ significantly from prior years. We urge PI’s that have previously applied to carefully review the details in the RFP document.

Additional AI POC funding is available to researchers at eligible Colorado research institutions directly through OEDIT, which began accepting applications in July 2024 for their September 2024 deadline. CSU researchers should contact CSU STRATA about applying for these funds.

Questions regarding the grant process? Contact techtransfer@csustrata.org

Upcoming Program Events

Two-Part Seminar: Commercialization Validator
Two sessions hosted virtually on July 18 and July 25 from 12-2pm to help applicants answer questions related to the market for their project concept and its commercial outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The AI POC Program is funded by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to advance innovations developed at Colorado research institutions in the advanced industries towards commercialization, leading to economic impact in the State of Colorado. These industries include: Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Bioscience, Electronics, Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure Engineering, and Technology and Information. Since 2013, more than $5 million have been allocated to CSU under the AI POC Program, funding more than 60 projects.

CSU STRATA, in collaboration with the Offices of Sponsored Programs.

AI POC grant funding is available to any Colorado State University non-temporary, salaried, state classified or general faculty employee.

The process is outlined in the figure below:

Diagram showing the process of the Advanced Industries Proof of Concept Program.

All questions regarding AI POC grants at CSU should be directed to Sarah Belford via email, sarah.belford@colostate.edu.

For example, applicants requesting the full $135,000 from the State must provide a minimum of $45,000 in matching funds, for a potential total project budget of $180,000. 

CSU STRATA may provide a portion of the matching funds for a limited number of projects; however, applications that have matching funds identified will receive priority status in the review process.

Matching funds must be cash (not in-kind) and cannot be other State of Colorado funds or funds from existing sponsored projects. Other internal funds, funds provided by industry sponsors or investors, and donor contributions can be used as match. Matches may come from multiple sources. Faculty effort is not allowed as a match.