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Gap Funding

Technology Business Development Program

The Technology Business Development Program (TBDP) was established at OSU in 2005 to identify projects with high commercial potential and to support the advancement of those projects to the point of licensing.  TBDP included a series of internal grants that fund feasibility demonstration and prototype development (up to $50,000). Invention disclosures were required for all TBDP projects.


Gap Funding Levels:

TBDP Phase I: ($5,000-$30,000) This program was for technologies that were at least at a ;proof of concept stage, have inventions disclosed to the OTC office, and need gap funding to progress them to develop the technology from TRL 3 to TRL 7 and to strengthen patent claims.


TBDP Phase II: ($30,000 +) This program was for technologies that had previously been through TBDP Phase I and needed further gap funding to progress them to systemized prototypes and/or viable customer environment prototypes that can be tested to help validate the value provided to customers and their needs or problems addressed.


Industry Sponsored Match: (Matching $ up to $50,000) This program was for technologies that received industry sponsored research funding. Applicants were required to show funding from industry sponsors to be considered for Industry Sponsored Match gap funding.

TBDP program is currently closed for applications.

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