The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development is now accepting applications for the 2020 LAUNCH Innovation Grants Program.
The LAUNCH program, now in its fourth year, was conceived by the Auburn University Research and Economic Development Advisory Board as a mechanism to bridge the gap between innovative research and the market. The program was created in 2015 with the support of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development with the goal of creating an endowment of $10 million that would provide annual funding for LAUNCH Innovation grants. To date, the LAUNCH program has awarded a total of $470,000 to entrepreneurial Auburn faculty.
The awards process begins when faculty interested in commercializing university research submit proposals to a LAUNCH evaluation panel, who, through a series of reviews, narrow submissions to a group of up to five finalists. Those finalists will then make presentations to the evaluation panel at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center in the spring of 2020 as part of Auburn's Entrepreneurship Summit.
LAUNCH Award recipients have the opportunity to work with experts in entrepreneurship from Auburn's Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and with the members of the Innovation Advancement and Commercialization Office to develop the plans and assemble the resources necessary to translate scientific achievement into commercial success. Researchers may also be partnered with Auburn alumni and friends with extensive experience in industries related to the projects.
Applications Due – October 28, 2019 (4:45pm Central)