Translational Research Grants

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 below.






Women and underrepresented entrepreneurs

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


Engineers and clinicians

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


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.


Researchers with healthcare-related product ideas

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

Whether you've commercialized research before, or you're just getting started, there are many programs available at the University of Louisville to help you learn to think like an entrepreneur. The commitments and focuses vary, so you can tailor around your individual learning needs and objectives.


Trifecta Training, a series of educational seminars from experts that teach researchers about entrepreneurship and commercialization.

LaunchItIs an intense, 10-week program where participants learn to use Lean LaunchPad methodology and the Business Model Canvas to brainstorm nine building blocks that make up their businesses. Grants are available for military veterans and low-income and underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Revlt, a program offered in partnership with Louisville's chamber of commerce, pairs founders of early-stage companies with marketing experts, who can teach them branding, strategy and other things needed to take their businesses to the next level.

The University of Louisville has a wealth of facilities for every stage of business, whether you're developing your first prototype, researching new technologies or need incubation space.

These facilities include:

  • The Micro/Nano Technology Center, which houses a 10,000-square-foot cleanroom, where we develop smart sensors and other cutting-edge technologies.
  • The Rapid Prototyping Center, where we have used our deep knowledge of 3-D printing and other advanced manufacturing techniques to perform federally-funded basic and applied research, technology transfer and industry-funded projects for more than 20 years.
  • iHub co-working space, with free wi-fi, free parking, print-copy-scan-fax services, private meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment with large projector screen for presentations and educational events and mail services

In downtown Louisville, you'll find the Nucleus: Kentucky’s Life Science and Innovation Center, which was built to integrate university resources with those of the region in order to transform the city into a major life science research hub. The Nucleus anchors our J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which includes co-working space, research facilities and training programs that help expedite collaboration and shared expertise among researchers and companies.

UofL has a suite of offices and experts to help its innovators translate their research from lab to marketplace. They can help secure intellectual property rights, offer advice, market technologies and more. The UofL Commercialization EPI-Center, part of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, works with innovators to secure IP on their inventions and get them to market. Learn more on our Intellectual Property page.