The WiSys Spark Grant Program has been designed to help faculty advance their knowledge and technology to commercialization. The Fund provides awards of $500 - $10,000*/project to faculty, academic staff, or students towards implementation and completion of short-term projects. 

WiSys Spark Grants are intended to support research projects where preliminary findings exist, and is designed to demonstrate the commercial potential of a new concept, technology or invention and to highlight the need for and type of additional development support that would be required to take the technology closer to the market place. Preference will be given to projects where applicants have demonstrated some progress beyond the initial discovery, idea or concept.  

General Program Details:

  1. Eligible projects will be funded for $500 - $10,000/project proposal; The maximum award per project is $10,000. Limit of one award/investigator/call.
  2. Funds can be used for supplies and expenses (S&E) as well as salary for undergraduate student workers; salary for faculty will be considered at the discretion of the campus but should not represent more than 50% of the requested budget. Salary for student workers is not allowed for student projects. Funding for fringe benefits is allowed for the 21/22 program only and should be included within the $10,000 budget. Applicants are encouraged to maximize the amount of funding available for projects and direct the majority (if not all) of the budget to student stipends and/S&E. Funding for travel to scientific conferences and publications costs is not allowed.
  3. Applicants must follow each campus’ internal grant submission and  approval process and use the WiSys Spark Grant application form provided below for their project proposal. Project proposals should not exceed  three pages in length.
  4. To be eligible for a WiSys Spark Grant, applicants must submit a new invention disclosure describing their technology and agree to assign their intellectual property rights to WiSys if funded. 
  5. Proposals will be scored based upon intellectual property (IP) potential (based on an initial IP assessment of the proposed invention described in the corresponding Invention Disclosure), development timeline, unmet need/target market, suitability of the PI/team, evidence of project feasibility and/or preliminary data and value for money.
  6. Any significant modifications to the project scope and deliverables must receive approval from Spark program managers before scope changes are implemented. All projects must be completed by August 31, 2022.

A final report must be submitted not later than six weeks after the  completion date of the project. A WiSys team member will be in touch  regarding reporting requirements. If a final report is not submitted,  this may prevent the applicant's eligibility for other funding programs  offered by WiSys and/or their home campus.


The following files will need to be downloaded, completed and uploaded to your application form:

1.   Cover Page

2.  Project Narrative Form

3.  Budget Page

4.  Invention Disclosure Report

For questions, please contact grants@wisys.org

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