Bear Cub Fund soliciting grant applications from University researchers to move inventions toward commercialization

The University Bear Cub Fund is soliciting grant applications from University researchers who want to move inventions from their laboratories toward commercialization.

After a two-year gap in funding, the University has re-established the Bear Cub Fund grant program through the Office of Technology Management (OTM). The fund supports innovative translational research not normally backed by federal grants. Any University faculty member, post-doctoral fellow, graduate student or employee may apply.

“Many technologies developed at the School of Medicine have commercial potential,” said Samuel Stanley, M.D., vice chancellor for research. “But there’s often a gap in funding between innovation in the laboratory and the development of a commercial product. The Bear Cub Fund can help provide researchers with the funding they need to demonstrate that their technology has commercial value.”

Individual grants of $20,000-$50,000 will be awarded in the spring. Applications are due March 15. For more information about the grants and to download an application, go online to

The Bear Cub Fund was established in 2002 and is administered through the University’s Research Office. About $200,000 in grant funds will be allocated to University scientists each year.