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Seed Grant Program to offer funding to college researchers

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

CHARLESTON -- A new grant program will give researchers at West Virginia colleges and universities the opportunity to create partnerships with private businesses to convert innovations into products.

The Seed Grant Program for Research and Commercial Partnering offers matching grants of up to $5,000 to faculty members who partner with the private sector to bring innovations to the marketplace. Eligibility requirements and an application package for the grant program can be found on TechConnectWV's Innovation Transfer Consortium page at http://techconnectwv.org/seed-grant-program.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 22.

Focus areas for the grants include: chemicals and advanced materials; medical devices/health care; biotechnology/life sciences; nanotechnology; identification technology; and energy, said Jack Carpenter, director of the Innovation Transfer Consortium project. The seed grant program is focused on the state's primarily undergraduate institutions rather than larger universities because of TechConnectWV's intent to encourage business partnerships where fewer opportunities have existed, he said.

TechConnectWV is also offering these research faculty the chance to bring their specialties to the attention of potential private sector partners through a new database of expertise.