Limited funding opportunity – Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Matching Funds Program

August 25, 2017 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The VP for Research has announced the internal process for selecting the UVA candidates for the Center for Innovative Technology Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Matching Funds Program. Please note: The external and internal deadlines are earlier than in years past. CIT plans to release its FY2018 CRCF RFP in early October. The details herewith anticipate the FY2018 RFP will closely resemble those of past years. Should the CIT shift their deadlines to earlier dates than anticipated, our internal deadlines will likewise shift forward (visit this link for updated deadlines and program information).

  • UVA may submit up to four (4) Matching Funds Program LOIs/applications and receive up to four (4) awards during this solicitation. A Principal Investigator may submit and receive up to two (2). For the purpose of this solicitation, a research center, school, department, institute, and/or other entity associated with a college, university, or other research facility is considered under the umbrella of that organization, and LOIs / applications received by any of the aforementioned entities will count toward the maximum submissions for that umbrella organization.Overview: The Matching Funds Program assists qualified organizations in commercializing qualified research or technologies and/or leveraging federal and private funds designated for commercialization. Target CRCF projects offer high potential for commercialization and economic benefit to Virginia. Each application may seek and be funded up to $100,000.Projects must be based upon sound scientific principles and present an opportunity for valid research, as well as offer significant potential for commercialization and economic benefits that accrue in the Commonwealth. Projects must relate to one (1) or more of the five (5) key industry sectors below and support the goals identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap:
    • Advanced Manufacturing, with particular interest in additive manufacturing, remote monitoring and sensing, and robotics
    • Cyber Security
    • Energy
    • Environment (water quality only)
    • Information Technology, with particular interest in data analytics
    • Life Sciences, including biotechnology
    • Unmanned Systems, for air, ground, sea, or space

    Total Funding, and Award Size: The maximum award per application is $100,000

    Matching requirement: at least a one-to-one match.

    For more information please review the pdfs posted with this call-for-LOIs

    anticipated CIT Timeline (n.b.: TBD; subject to change):

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (5:00pm) – Letter of Intent Deadline

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (12:00pm noon) – Application Deadline

    Early June 2018 – Award announcements

    Instructions for Submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI): To apply, click on View Letter of Intent. You will login to the system using NetBadge. If the PI is submitting the Letter of Intent, the PI’s name and email will already be filled in. If you are submitting the proposal on behalf of the PI, please fill in the PI’s name and email address (use the PI’s UVA ID, not an email alias). Enter the proposal title, the list of participating faculty (name and Department), and a short (no more than 1 paragraph) description of the planned proposal. This information will be used to help develop the internal review panel, if necessary. Letters of Intent must be received by 5:00pm on September 21, 2017.

    Faculty submitting LOIs will be contacted regarding an internal competition, if necessary. Should a competition be necessary, the internal application will be due on or around October 12, 2017 and must consist of:

    • a single PDF file no more than two pages in length, which contains: i) project title, ii) key industry sector from among the aforementioned, iii) project description, iv) matching fund amount and source, v) co-PIs, if any

    N.B.: the source of the matching funds must be noted in one’s application

    Limited Submission Process and Review

    More information on the limited submission review process can be found here:, and in the documents found therein. To summarize, reviewers for individual limited submission opportunities are drawn from a standing committee of tenured faculty members who are nominated by the Schools and appointed by the VPR. Ad hoc committee members may also be invited to serve on specific panels based on their subject expertise and/or their experience with a particular sponsor or program. The internal review committee provides critical reviews of internal pre-proposals and makes recommendations for the pre-proposals that should go forward for external submission. The VPR office follows the best practice of many foundations and agencies and does not disclose the names of individual reviewers who contribute to a specific review panel. The limited submission team notifies individual internal applicants of their pre-proposal review results via email. The limited submission team notifies the Department, School, and Office of Sponsored Programs of the proposal(s) that will go forward for external submission via email.

    Questions: Email

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