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Innovation-to-Enterprise Initiative

Research Commercialization Services

Our goal is to create and encourage the invention culture on campus, and serve as a ready source of support and information for faculty, staff, and students engaged in research with potential for commercial development.  It is important to know how to prepare and move concepts and technologies along the "invention pipeline", and when to engage the expertise at the Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation (IURTC).

We offer programs and services to:

  • Leverage campus enthusiasm for research, innovation, and invention
  • Connect researchers to each other, centers and labs on campus, and external collaborators
  • Assist researchers in navigating the challenges and opportunities they experience when refining discoveries to a point where they can be presented to the IURTC

Groups can schedule a workshop or presentation on a variety of related subjects—intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.  Individual faculty can schedule a direct consultation related to their research program.

Contact:   Karen White, CLP, Research Development & Commercialization Facilitator
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Phone:  317-274-1083 

Innovation-To-Enterprise Award

The Innovation-To-Enterprise Award recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who have achieved significant accomplishments in support of research commercialization contributing to economic development and social advancement. 

Eligibility Criteria

This award is for outstanding research commercialization accomplishments by IUPUI faculty, staff and their collaborators who have created intellectual property using University resources. Each year one award will be given for a significant accomplishment by an individual or a group (if multiple individuals have made substantial contributions to the given accomplishment). The award will include a total of $5000 cash prize to the recipient(s). In case of multiple recipients, the total cash prize will be divided equally. The award may be received only once by each recipient.

Application Process

Award recipient(s) will be selected from nominations submitted by faculty or staff. The nomination package must only contain the following items:

  • Nomination letter highlighting the nominee(s)’ outstanding research commercialization accomplishments and opportunities for economic development and social advancement.
  • Two independent external letters assessing the impact of the accomplishment.
  • Statement by the nominee(s) providing supporting information about the accomplishments under consideration (three page limit).
  • Complete curriculum vitae of the nominee(s), including information about research and scholarly activity, collaborations, external funding support, and awards and recognitions.

Application Deadline

For 2015 awards, all nomination materials must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm Friday, October 2, 2015, to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Resarch (submit by email to Direct questions to Karen White (, Research Development and Commercialization Facilitator, IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Review and Selection Process

Review and selection of the award recipient(s) will be carried out based on the following process. Each year a review committee with representation from IUPUI and the community will be convened by the Vice Chancellor for Research. The committee, upon review of the nominations received, will submit its recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Research, who will finalize the selection of the award recipient(s). 

Recipient(s) of the 2015 Innovation-To-Enterprise Award will be recognized at the 2015 IUPUI Innovation-To-Enterprise Forum and Showcase, to be held in November 4, 2015.



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Whether you are an IUPUI student, faculty member, alumni, or a member of the entrepreneurial community, there are numerous opportunities to get involved in the Innovation-to-Enterprise Initiative activities and programs.


IUPUI researchers/scholars with research projects in various stages of enterprise development are invited to submit proposals for Innovation to Enterprise Centeral (ITEC) projects. Under supervision of the ITEC facilitation team, faculty clients, and faculty and/or community mentors, students on the project team will be responsible for research, planning, and development of a new process, application, and/or prototype.

The Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success (FORCES) grant is designed to support IUPUI researchers in the successful transformation of their research findings into commercially viable outcomes. Deadlines: September 15 and March 15


JagStart is an annual student idea pitch competition that rewards IUPUI students for their innovative ideas to solve challenges facing the nation and the world. The emphasis of the competition is on finding answers to real-world problems through new approaches, products, services, or business ventures. In a three-minute "elevator" pitch format, individuals or teams are asked to propose original solutions to pressing social and economic issues.

Innovation to Enterprise Central (ITEC) Commercialization Teams facilitates the creation and support of collaborative multidisciplinary research commercialization teams, consisting of students from multiple academic disciplines, faculty and other participants. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide students a unique opportunity to work with mentors on learning about research innovations and exploring opportunities for their transformation into commercial enterprises.


JagStart - IUPUI Student Idea Pitch Competition

University Library, Lilly Auditorium Friday March 4, 2016, 1:00 pm to 5:00pm

The JagStart competition is free, and open to the public—everyone is invited to attend!


For more information or if you have questions please contact us:

Karen White, CLP
Research Development & Commercialization Facilitator
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Phone:  317-274-1083

Bradley W Fravel, PhD, MBA
Business Development Manager & Faculty Corporate Liaison
(317) 278-1916 or (317) 966-4926