Transform your innovative idea into commercial reality!
Research & Innovation is offering Innovation Jumpstart funding of $100,000 (5 x $20,000 prizes) to UC academic staff who have research ideas with significant economic or social/environmental impact.
Projects will be awarded funding to help with the commercial pathway, along with commercialisation support and possible access to additional funding sources for continued development.
WNT Ventures and Bridgewest Ventures are each offering additional support to two of the winners alongside the main awards.
Entries will be judged by a panel of local entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.
Any UC academic staff member can apply for Innovation Jumpstart funding, and proposals can be from any research area.
Winners should be ready to begin projects upon receipt of the funding and be interested in supporting the ongoing commercial development of their idea.
- Winners will each receive $20,000 for commercial development (5 x prizes) from $100,000
- Categories include Economic and Social/Environmental
- Open to UC academic staff only
- Entries close 13 October 2021 **new date - extension due to covid disruption**
- Winners announced in November 2021
Apply now via the portal.
Toby MacRae - Speech, Language and Hearing
Dr Toby MacRae is working on a unique new app that analyses speech patterns, and could provide a leap forward in the assessment and treatment of children with speech difficulties.
Jennifer Crowther - Biomolecular Interaction Centre
UC biochemist Dr Jennifer Crowther is creating a way to diagnose the life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia with the potential to save the lives of pregnant women and their babies worldwide.
Mathieu Sellier - Mechanical Engineering
New research by Prof Mathiew Sellier aims to improve coating technology so it can be used on rounded objects, which could disrupt a range of industries and create lucrative opportunities.
Deborah Crittenden and Sally Gaw - Chemistry
A new laser detection tool being developed by two UC chemistry experts, Assoc Prof Deborah Crittenden and Prof Sally Gaw, may help farmers to pinpoint environmental problems and develop smart farming strategies to minimise impacts.
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