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Invitation to Apply:

The MA Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) is pleased to announce the launch of the MTTC Acorn Innovation Awards. This Fund is intended to support the demonstration of the viability of a technology developed at research universities in Massachusetts. Awards could be used to further develop a prototype or to gather additional data in order to show proof of concept or to obtain data that shows how the technology compares to existing technologies and what the competitive advantages are. The Acorn Awards are designed to fund small, rapidly accomplished projects. The aim of these small projects is not to perfect the technology but to demonstrate the technology so that its features can be shown and additional proof of concept or commercialization funding can be obtained. To be eligible for an award, applicants must be a Principal Investigator at a MA research university with technology disclosed to your campus.

Seven awards of $15K will be granted.

MA Acorn Fund Application Guidelines

MA Acorn Award Template Application    


The project must be able to start on January 15, 2019 and take no more than 2-3 months to complete.

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