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WRF Phased Technology Commercialization Grants

WRF supports groundbreaking translational research in life sciences and enabling technologies to help grow Washington’s innovation economy and to benefit the people of Washington state and beyond. The purpose of WRF’s phased Technology Commercialization Grants is to move technologies towards the marketplace to create new value and address public needs.

WRF will notify applicants within 6 weeks of the submission of their pre-proposal as to whether or not they are invited to submit a phase 1 technology commercialization grant proposal. Submission of this pre-proposal is the first step toward being considered for a WRF phase 1 grant.

Please be aware that WRF may use outside reviewers on occasion.

Guidelines for submitting a WRF Phased Technology Commercialization Grant pre-proposal:

  • Applicant is conducting research at a nonprofit institution or university in Washington state
  • The pre-proposal describes research that is translational and has a potential life science application and can be accomplished with $10,000 – $50,000 in funding
  • Applicant has a strategy for the technology’s path to commercialization
  • Applicant submits this pre-proposal and answers all questions fully

Phase 1 grants do not cover salary for regular faculty members. Research faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students are eligible to receive salary support.

Washington Research Foundation reviews the budget in each proposal for the appropriateness of the direct costs being requested. It is WRF’s policy not to pay indirect costs on any award.

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If you have further questions, please contact us at grants@wrfseattle.org.


To submit a WRF Phased Technology Commercialization Grant pre-proposal, please fill out the details above and answer the following questions in no more than 500 words total:

  1. What problem(s) does your project aim to solve?
  2. What are the unique advantages of your technology over alternate approaches?
  3. What is the evidence that your proposed research plan will be successful?
  4. What milestones will you be able to achieve if you receive this grant funding of $10,000 – $50,000?
  5. Are there any invention disclosures, patent applications or license agreements covering your technology?
  6. How soon could your technology/solution realistically reach the market?
  7. We would like to better understand the stage of development for your technology․ Please briefly describe any initial prototyping, experiments, validation or development that you have already completed on your platform․

The following optional questions will help us to measure the inclusiveness of our programs and outreach.