Technology Development Funding

Technology Development Funding

Funding to advance promising technologies

University technologies are usually early-stage and require significant additional development and investment prior to generating revenue. Access to capital plays a major role in the success of maturing these technologies. Ohio State has developed a full funding continuum to support inventors in the development of concepts from early stage to end product or company. This funding continuum supports our researchers and entrepreneurs through the commercialization process and reduces risk for those interested in investing in or licensing these technologies.

Accelerator Awards

The Accelerator Awards program provides up to $150,000 to Ohio State researchers who have disclosed their inventions to the Corporate Engagement Office. The award may be used to advance and further develop promising technologies, bringing them closer to market.

  • Lead Applicant: Ohio State inventors and creators
  • Fund Manager: independent selection committee
  • Eligibility: technology is based on an invention disclosure filed with the Ohio State technology commercialization and has the potential for becoming the basis of a startup company
  • Funding: up to $150,000
  • Type of Security: grant
  • Learn more about the Accelerator Awards, which is facilitated through the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is a federal grant designed to fund technology development and commercialization in small businesses and meet federal research and development needs. Through a competitive awards-based program, these grants enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

  • Lead Applicant: Company
  • Fund Manager: 12 Federal agencies, including NIH, NSF, DOD, DOE
  • Eligibility: U.S. owned and operated for-profit company with less than 500 employees
  • Funding: Phase I $150,000-$225,000 over 6-12 months; Phase II up to $1 million over 2 years 
  • Type of Security: Grant or contract
  • Learn more about the process and key requirements from the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health

Contact Us

Staff Assistant
Technology Commercialization

Thea Bailey

Executive Assistant to Kevin Taylor

Cameron Groff


Associate Director of Licensing
Arts and Sciences | Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Jason Dahlman, PhD, CLP


Director, Intellectual Property and Contracts

David Mess, MS, JD, CLP


Senior Licensing Officer

Frank Norris


Senior Intellectual Property and Grant Compliance Officer

John Cocumelli, JD


Associate Vice President, Technology Commercialization

Kevin Taylor


Senior Licensing Officer

Ryan Zinn


Senior Licensing Officer

Stewart Davis, CLP, RTTP


Business Operations Consultant

Aditi Bhatiya

Invention Compliance Officer

Lisa Siefker

Business Operations Senior Analyst
Operational Excellence

Chad Bahan

Licensing Analyst

Erika Csatary

Executive Director, Licensing

Don Taylor

Business Operations, Senior Analyst

Jacob Decot


Senior Accountant

Chris Rex


Senior Licensing Officer
AI | ML | Digital Health

Andrew Hampton


Associate Director of Licensing
Health Sciences

Panya Taysavang


Senior Licensing Officer

Chris Willson


Senior Licensing Officer
Health Sciences

Adam Schworer


Associate Director of Licensing (Engineering)

Mandana Ashouri


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