The Tufts Launchpad│Accelerator (TLA) is a new grant program funded by the University to address the greatest challenge in academic technology transfer, which is the funding gap – often referred to as the “valley of death” – between where federal funding of basic research ends and commercial interest begins. In many instances, university generated technologies and inventions, at the point at which they are disclosed to the technology transfer office, are just too early to attract established companies or investors interested in funding a start-up. The goal of the TLA Program is to advance Tufts invented technologies along a path toward product development, de-risking technologies by moving them past a critical risk/valuation point. Examples might include, in the case of a molecular target for drug intervention, generation of hits or candidate leads, or in the case of a therapeutic candidate, demonstration of efficacy in a relevant preclinical disease model, or in the case of a device or instrument, development of a prototype. The application process for the first round of funding is outlined below. For questions, please email TLA@tufts.edu.
To accelerate research projects towards one of the following outcomes:
The Tufts Launchpad | Accelerator (TLA) Program is designed to support translational research aimed at extending preliminary observations, establishing proof-of-concept, scaling-up a product or process, and generating (or enhancing) intellectual property (IP) positions.
Only applicants who meet and agree to the following criteria will be considered eligible to submit an application.
If you are asked to present to the external evaluation committee you must be able to:
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE AWARD
APPLICATION TIMING, FORMAT and SELECTION PROCESS
Click here to access the Tufts Launchpad Accelerator Application