Funding for Translational Research

The University of Louisville offers many funding opportunities to help its researchers bridge the gap between lab and marketplace.

 

The University of Louisville offers many funding opportunities to help its researchers bridge the gap between lab and marketplace. This includes a suite of prestigious grant-backed translational programs, which we've dubbed the "superfecta." 

These programs are: 

UofL is one of only a handful of universities in the country to receive each of these innovation-associated awards to support the translation of research into viable commercial products.

And we’re the only one to receive all of them.

The programs provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and funding. Given their shared goals, these programs work together to establish UofL as a world leader in innovation.

We understand that needs vary from project to project. To help you find the right program, a side-by-side comparison is available on this page.

Learn more about each of these programs by clicking the links above, or by contacting program administration.

 

"Together, the awards help UofL faculty and students figure out their potential customer base, secure funding and get their innovations to the marketplace." 

– Dr. Rob Keynton, Director of Research Initiatives in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research

 

FUNDING SOURCES BY TYPE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

 

WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

PROGRAM

WHO

SUPPORT

AWARE: ACCESS

Women and underrepresented entrepreneurs

  • Mentorship and training in entrepreneurship;
  • Networking and educational opportunities; 
  • Assistance writing more competitive SBIR/STTR funding proposals.

COULTER

Engineers and clinicians

  • Approximately $100,000 in grant funding; 
  • Collaboration between clinician and engineer;
  • Assistance in product development and commercialization;
  • Help identifying market opportunities.

ExCITE

Researchers, entrepreneurial mentors

  • Up to $200,000 in grant funding; 
  • Hands-on skills training;
  • Assistance in developing a commercialization plan;
  • And mentorship to assist with product development and launch.

I-CORPS

Researchers with healthcare-related product ideas

  • Entrepreneurial training;
  • Mentorship from entrepreneurial leaders;
  • Funding to support customer discovery and prototyping 
  • Help identifying market opportunities.