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Discovering the Future research grant supports Penn faculty in blue sky, high risk/high reward research. Grants will range from $100k to 400k. Fundamental scientific research has been the cornerstone of the continuous improvement in the quality of life over the last century. Scientific research is also the origin of technological advances that underpin our national economy. Because of declining Federal funding for scientific research while simultaneously support for low risk research, the grant fills the void by supporting Penn faculty high risk research.

Grants will be targeted to creative, out of the box ideas with the potential to alter the trajectory of the given field. The goal of the program is to transition exciting new ideas to the point at which they can be sustained by other modes of support.

Accelerating from Lab to Market pre-seed grant allows faculty to receive awards in the range of $10,000 to $50,000 but could be larger if justified (up to $200k). Pre-seed grants are often the limiting step for new ideas to come across the “valley of death” between Federal research funding and commercial success. The Accelerating Lab to Market pre-seed grant will help to bridge this gap.

Pre-seed grants can be awarded for promising inventions disclosed to Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) and to existing Penn faculty founders of University spinout companies based on Penn-owned intellectual property.  Please note that awards will be given to the Penn faculty member to be spent on research in Penn facilities.

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