In partnership with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the University of Colorado welcomes proposals for translational quantum research seed grants. Seed grants are open to any Colorado research institution and industry partners. The goals of the programs are to incentivize innovations launched out of the lab and help them along the development path to new programs and businesses.
In partnership with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the University of Colorado welcomes proposals for translational quantum research seed grants. Seed grants are open to any Colorado research institution and industry partners. The goals of the programs are to incentivize innovations launched out of the lab and help them along the development path to new programs and businesses. High-risk proposals that push a boundary in quantum applications are encouraged. The Selection Committee will pay particular attention to developing a diverse portfolio of awardees, including recruiting potential proposers from minority-service institutions and industry partners from outside the Front Range (e.g., the western slope, eastern plains, SW Colorado). Two types of seed grant proposals will be considered:
• Quantum: Research-to-Industry Collaboration Seed Grants: The quantum research-to-industry collaboration seed grants create incentives to commercialize technologies used in academic research environments. These seed grants would fund joint academic-industry partnerships that translate specific technologies into a targeted quantum industry. (Requires an academic and an industry/national laboratory partner)
• Quantum: Use-Inspired Technology Seed Grants: Use-inspired seed grants would fund the development of academic-based quantum technologies to address real world applications. A successful application will have an identified quantum application, a path to commercialization, and an identified economic and/or societal impact. These seed grants are designed to help researchers bridge their work to existing pathways created by OEDIT, angel investors, and incubators. (Can be an academic institution-only submission)
These quantum seed grants are designed to help researchers and industry partners to take a step forward in the development cycle. They can prepare participants for proposal opportunities in the OEDIT Advanced Industry Pipeline, including:
- Advanced Industries Proof-of-Concept Grants that help Colorado research institutions speed up applied research in advanced industries and commercialize products and services with the private sector. (Up to $150,000)
- Advanced Industries Early-Stage Capital and Retention Grants that support helps Colorado-based technologies that will be created or manufactured in Colorado. (Up to $250,000)
Quantum researchers and companies in the State of Colorado are eligible for this award. Seed grants can be initiated either by an institution of higher education or an industry partner. Additional eligibility information:
- Applicants may submit no more than one proposal as a funded PI. Applicants can serve on multiple proposals as an unpaid co-PI.
- Recipients with active seed grant awards may not be compensated for another project but may serve as an unpaid co-PI. Like PIs, co-PIs may only be funded in one active seed grant.
- National laboratories, such as Sandia National Lab, can be a partner on a seed grant, as long as they partner with a Colorado academic or industry partner, and the work based in and benefits Colorado.
- Industry partners must be headquartered in Colorado or have at least 50% of its workforce in the State. The work must be completed in Colorado.
- Projects with a primary focus on curriculum development are not eligible.
- Special consideration will be given to proposals coming from outside the Front Range and the Boulder-Denver corridor.
Seed grant proposals are submitted electronically through this application portal.
October 31, 2023
Applicants notified of proposal status
Project funding available
Proposal Information: Proposals should use clear writing appropriate for non-specialists and should include the following components in a single PDF. The maximum length is 3 pages, including tables, figures, charts, references, and any other supporting information.
Supplemental Materials (these materials do not count toward the 3-page proposal limit):
- PI Curriculum Vitae: Up to 2 pages.
- Co-PI Curriculum Vitae: Up to 2 pages.
Budget: In no more than 1 page, please outline the following project budget elements. Concisely provide a justification of the items requested in the budget. Particular attention should be given to justifying budget items that may not be obvious to reviewers who are familiar with (but are not experts in) your specific field. Include any cost-sharing or matching by participating organization.
• Maximum Budget Request: $50,000
• No overhead and/or fees can be included in these awards.
• Up to 2 pages total.
These elements could include:
Project Duration: Up to 18 months.
Other Important Information: If selected, project partners will be expected to execute (or have executed) an effective managed IP agreement before work begins. As part of this seed grant effort, participating higher education institutions will xdevelop a managed IP template to be used for their selected projects.
The rubric for proposal evaluation will center on the following questions and should be explicitly addressed and quantified in the proposal:
1) Bridging discovery to market: Does the proposed work represent a clear and compelling step forward in moving a quantum application towards commercial viability?
2) Likelihood of success: Does the proposed work have a clear path towards success? If successful, will the outcome be ready for second-stage investment or commercial trajectories?
3) The Team: Is the proposal team capable of bringing the project to fruition?
4) Commercial Potential: Has the need for the application been validated (e.g., via customer discovery)? Is the addressable market big enough to support the commercialization effort? Is the path to market feasible?
5) Geographic diversity: Special consideration will be given to proposals that are, in whole or in part, based outside of the Boulder-Denver corridor.
Questions? Please contact Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann at firstname.lastname@example.org.