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The Technology Licensing Office helps faculty inventors to access funding opportunities, including our Ascender Grant.

Ascender Grant Program

11 awards for $880,213 awarded fiscal year 2023

The Ascender Grant program is one of the ways Technology Licensing Office advances technologies for the University of Utah. This program helps inventors bridge the funding gap between research and commercialization by providing support for technology development, proof of concept, and to prepare the innovation for additional investment by entrepreneurs, investors, and potential licensees.

Technology Licensing Office will invite Ascender Grant prospects to apply for funding that may, for example, help to develop a working prototype, conduct market research, or validate scalability of the technology.

Technologies must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  1. The technology has been formally disclosed to Technology Licensing Office
  2. The technology is not licensed or optioned
  3. The Principle Investigator is a University of Utah employee
  4. If the technology is jointly owned, an agreement (IIA) exists designating the University of Utah as the lead commercialization institution

Ascender Grants are awarded based on the recommendation of an external advisory committee. This program will make resources available for innovations that show strong commercial potential.

If you believe your technology is eligible, and a good candidate for this program, please speak with our office's Innovation Management team to learn more.

If you are applying for a Phase II Ascender Grant (a second Ascender Grant on the same technology/project), participation in the I-Corps™  ZAP program is required. Please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Amy Graham (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information regarding the program and to sign up.

Other Grant Opportunities from the U

State and Federal Grant Sources

Investments

University of Utah 1850 Fund

Technology Licensing Office manages investments in companies spun out of the U through its 1850 Fund. The Fund seeks to invest in promising U of U companies from pre-seed through later rounds of investment, with a preference for investing at startup and alongside top-tier investors in subsequent rounds. The Innovation Fund does not lead investments, but seeks to syndicate with experienced investors. The amounts of investment will vary based on industry and the stage of each potential investment opportunity. For U of U spinouts to learn more about the fund, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other investment funds from the U

Other Sources

This is an ever-growing list of opportunities, so check back often.

Technology Licensing Office's Pitch Prep Program

If you are looking for help preparing to pitch to investors please contact us.

Questions?

We support you and your innovation.

Regardless of what you are looking for, or what stage you are in the innovation journey, the Technology Licensing Office is your go-to source to connect you with the U’s innovation ecosystem.

Call 801.581.7792 or send us a message

 Technology Licensing Office
Mailing: P.O. Box 856, Tooele, UT 84074
Packages: 65 N Main St #856, Tooele, UT  84074
801-581-7792

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