Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success (FORCES)
Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, pending availability of funds, until the end of the academic year 6/30/2017.

The FORCES grant program supports projects that will facilitate or accelerate commercialization of the research outcomes for university-owned intellectual property, address important national and global needs, and through technology transfer and commercialization noticeably support the economic development of Indiana and the nation.

Proposals should be directed toward production of specific deliverables in terms of data or other work products that allow potential corporate or other partners to evaluate the attractiveness of the proposed commercialization opportunity. This may include projects to provide validation data or development of engineering prototypes, which make the technology more marketable. Of particular interest are interdisciplinary research collaborations that bring together investigators from at least two different disciplines, IUPUI schools, departments, and/or centers, for work with clearly identified commercial interest. This may include projects directed toward production of significant work products with specific utility or efforts supporting a project with clearly defined commercial potential. Proposals should highlight key criteria for the value that will be added, and how this will lead to better decisions on intellectual property strategy, or improve the likelihood of success in commercialization.


  • All full-time faculty, including tenured/tenure-track, clinical, research and scientist ranks are eligible to apply.
  • Faculty in visiting ranks are not eligible.


  • Project funding may not exceed $25,000 for a project period of 6 months, or $35,000 for project periods of up to one year.
  • Projects will be limited to one (1) year in duration. Projects that can’t be completed in one (1) year will not be funded.
  • Budget may include personnel (staff, faculty, and/or students), equipment, travel (necessary for the research), books, faculty release time, etc. Faculty summer salary or academic release time is limited to one month per person.
  • Funds will not be granted for similar projects currently supported by other internal or external funding mechanisms at the campus or university level.
  • An investigator may not serve as PI or Co-PI on more than one proposal in a given academic year.
  • Applications for a second proposal for the same project or research will not be accepted.
  • Proposal must include endorsement from IURTC along with documentation of the pending patent, copyright, or other proposed intellectual property strategy.

Step 1: FORCES proposal is submitted to OVCR. Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis.
Step 2: Applications accepted for review will be contacted by OVCR to schedule a review meeting with the applicant and representatives of OVCR and IURTC. Review sessions are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Step 3: The purpose of the review meeting is to assess the commercial readiness of the proposal. Applicants will either proceed with a Commercial Assessment report, or will be directed to other avenues for support available through the Innovation to Enterprise Commercialization track.
Step 4: Applicants will work with their IURTC manager to complete the Commercial Assessment report.
Step 5: Upon receipt of the Commercial Assessment, applicants will review the results with their IURTC manager and determine if they wish to proceed with the final proposal review. To proceed, applicants must prepare a one or two page response to the information in the Commercialization Assessment report, including any changes to the Project Plan, and submit this to OVCR. The review committee will look at the proposal, Commercial Assessment, and the applicant’s response and determine if the applicant is recommended for funding and at what level of funding.

Allow six to eight weeks for the process to be completed.

Application sections include:

  • Cover page
  • Abstract
  • Budget and justification
  • Project Plan not to exceed three pages
  • References cited
  • Biosketch not to exceed five pages, include funding history
  • Letters of support from collaborators and department chair
  • IRB, IACUC, and/or IBC forms if applicable

Apply to this program through the InfoReady portal. Download the Guidelines and Application. Applications are to be submitted as one pdf file. Attach a copy of the Commercial Assessment Report from IURTC along with response from the PI.