The Idea Grant Competition
The Idea Grant Competition is an annual competition for faculty and graduate students who have invented something at UC Merced. This competition is a platform for inventors to put forth compelling opportunities that could be enabled by the implementation of their research.
Participants will be competing for a $5,000 grand prize, $3,000 second prize and $1,000 third prize, with two $500 honorary mention awards.
The Application Process
The application process focuses on applied goals of specific research programs and potential applications of results. The applicants will be judged in two separate stages by a panel of experienced entrepreneurs drawn from the Venture Lab mentor community.
Applicants selected from the first round will be invited to move on to the second round poster competition. To be considered for the final award, an invention disclosure filed with the Office of Business Development will be required.
Important Date and Deadlines:
Deadline to apply online: TBD
Selected applicants notified of acceptance into the competition: TBD
Poster session and awards ceremony in the California Room: TBD