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The University of Tennessee Research Foundation announces the second annual UTRF Maturation Funding Program to help UT researchers further develop technologies that have the potential for commercial success.

Up to $15,000 (direct costs) will be awarded to the highest ranking proposals.

-Open to all UT researchers (faculty, staff and students) at all campuses and institutes.

-Projects must be related to an existing UT invention/creation disclosure OR a proposal can be accompanied by a new UT invention/creation disclosure.

-Projects should provide new data or further demonstrate the technology to increase its commercial readiness.

-Funds should be directed to labor, materials and services necessary to achieve the proposed deliverable(s).

-Proposal should not exceed 3 pages and should describe the technology, the plan of work, the expected results, a budget (direct expenses only), and your assessment of the commercial opportunities for the technology.

Judging Criteria:
-Demonstration of a path for commercial development
-Market potential
-Stage of development

Deadlines and Schedule:
Deadline for proposal submission: November 21, 2008
Awards announced: December 19, 2008
Project start date: January 15, 2009
Project completion date: October 15, 2009
Final report: November 15, 2009

For more information on the deliverables, rules and judging criteria, view the document posted at http://utrf.tennessee.edu or contact:

Dr. Richard Magid
(901) 448-1562

All other locations:
Dr. Stacey Patterson
(865) 974-3140