Jump start for great ideas
15 May 2012
UC staff are being given an opportunity to transform their great ideas into reality.
The University’s Research & Innovation (R&I) unit is offering Tech Jumpstart funding of up to $20,000 to University staff who have research ideas judged by R&I to have significant potential.
Up to three projects can receive funding to help with technology development, as well as commercialisation support and access to additional funding sources for continued development.
A one-day workshop will be held at NZi3 on 17 May for those interested in applying for Tech Jumpstart funding. The workshop will provide information on the University’s commercialisation processes and increase the chance of securing funding. A registration form for the workshop, which will run from 8.45am to 5pm in the HP Seminar Room, can be found at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/jumpstart/workshop_rego.shtml.
Research & Innovation Commercial Operations Manager Trisha Wells said UC staff could use the funding to employ student researchers or expertise, or to buy equipment to progress the research. An added benefit was the opportunity to access additional funding if the project was successful.
Any UC staff member can apply for Tech Jumpstart funding, and ideas or inventions can be from any research area. However, technology ideas must have potential market applications and projects should be of proof of concept or technology development studies.
Successful applicants should be ready to begin projects once they have received the funding and be interested in potential commercial outcomes for their idea.
More information about Tech Jumpstart can be found at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/jumpstart/.
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