The Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program, administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, provides competitive grants to small businesses and university teams to accelerate the commercialization of their innovative technologies.

This program helps companies secure non-dilutive funding at critical points in their funding and commercialization lifecycles, resulting in long-term success and economic development in the state.

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FAQs

Are grants received through TCIP subject to regular taxes?

We do not offer tax advice regarding the grant but we do report to the IRS regarding money being distributed as a grant to your company.

Do grants have a maximum amount that can be requested?

Potential first time TCIP grant recipients can request up to $100,000 and companies who have received TCIP grants in the past can request up to $200,000. Keep in mind you need to justify how you’ll be spending the funding to commercialize your technology and have it tied specifically to your milestones and within the spending specifications found in the Policies & Procedures document on our website.

What attachments need to be uploaded on the application?

  • 10 page Powerpoint, (CLICK HERE for link to template) upload as PDF
  • Budget, Attach a line item budget for how you will spend the requested grant money, upload as PDF
  • Projections, financial projections for the next 5 years, upload as PDF
  • Current Financials, current balance sheet, statement of cash flows, and income statement, upload as one PDF
  • Capitalization Table, upload as one file as a PDF
  • Letters of Support (optional), upload as one PDF
  • Link to Two Minute Project Overview Video via YouTube or Vimeo. Briefly discuss your project and team, do not go over two minutes.

Can a company petition the $100,000 limit for potential first time TCIP recipients if they have received TAP funding prior to applying to TCIP because of the TRL specifications?

Yes, in the section of the application under funding request you can request more and make a petition for an amount other than $100,000. You still need to tie that funding request to milestones and make your case. Our review committee will take it into consideration based on the fact the two programs work harmoniously to see technologies advance and commercialize.

If we are currently in the process of securing an EIN for our company can we still submit an application for TCIP?

If you don’t have and EIN setup for your company you cannot submit an application. However if you’re spinning out a new technology into its own company from another entity you may use that other entity’s EIN number as long as you have a new EIN by the time you would enter into contract with our office if you’ve been chosen for funding. The same goes with having a Utah Business License Number. We recommend starting the process and securing your EIN or Utah Business License Number as soon as possible.

Can I submit an application if my business is an L3C (low-profit limited liability company)?

Yes you can submit an application if your business is a registered L3C in the State of Utah.

Related Information

TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVELS

General TRLs:


Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)
* are a method of estimating technology maturity of critical technology elements of a program during the acquisition process. TRLs are based on a scale from 1 to 9 with 9 being the most mature technology. The TRLs enables consistent, uniform discussions of technical maturity across different types of technologies. Decision authorities will consider the recommended TRLs when assessing a program risk.

*as defined by the Department of Defense

 

  1. BASIC PRINCIPLES OBSERVED AND REPORTED
    Lowest level of technology readiness. Scientific research begins to be translated into applied research and development. Examples might include paper studies of a technology’s basic properties.
  2. TECHNOLOGY CONCEPT AND/OR APPLICATION FORMULATED
    Invention begins. Once basic principles are observed, practical applications can be invented. Applications are speculative and there may be no proof or detailed analysis to support the assumptions. Examples are limited to analytic studies.
  3. ANALYTICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL CRITICAL FUNCTION AND/OR CHARACTERISTIC PROOF OF CONCEPT
    Active research and development is initiated. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology. Examples include components that are not yet integrated or representative.
  4. COMPONENT AND/OR BREADBOARD VALIDATION IN LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT
    Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared to the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” software in the laboratory.
  5. COMPONENT AND/OR BREADBOARD VALIDATION IN RELEVANT ENVIRONMENT
    Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so it can be tested in a simulated environment.
  6. SYSTEM/SUBSYSTEM MODEL OR PROTOTYPE DEMONSTRATION IN A RELEVANT ENVIRONMENT
    Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond that of TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology’s demonstrated readiness.
  7. SYSTEM PROTOTYPE DEMONSTRATION IN AN OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
    Prototype near, or at, planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6, requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment such as an aircraft, vehicle or space.
  8. ACTUAL SYSTEM COMPLETED AND QUALIFIED THROUGH TEST AND DEMONSTRATION
    Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation of the system in its intended weapon system to determine it meets design specifications.
  9. ACTUAL SYSTEM PROVEN THROUGH SUCCESSFUL MISSION OPERATIONS
    Actual application of the technology in its final form and under mission conditions, such as those encountered in operational test and evaluation. Examples include using the system under operational mission conditions.

 

Life Science TRLs:

Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)* provide a metric that may help to describe the progression of a technology in its development. Several groups have adopted the TRL system for use regarding life science technologies, including the Department of Health and Human Services. TRLs are based on a scale from 1 to 9 with 9 being the most mature technology. The TRLs enables consistent, uniform discussions of technical maturity across different types of technologies. The TRL format was originally developed by NASA and the Department of Defense.

*adapted from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

  1. REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE BASE
    Active review and analysis of scientific literature. Identify rationale for a potential new product.
  2. DEVELOPMENT OF HYPOTHESES AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS
    Screen potential compounds; initial experimental designs for technology solution; Initial intellectual property search for patentability.
  3. IDENTIFICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF PRELIMINARY PRODUCT; PROOF-OF-PRINCIPLE
    Select compounds to advance to lead, begin non-GLP testing program; Explore prototypes, critical design features and components; demonstrate in vitro efficacy; file IP.
  4. OPTIMIZATION AND DEMONSTRATION OF ACTIVITY AND EFFICACY
    Identify markers, assays, and endpoints for nonclinical and clinical studies, define formulation and product profile, select final pre-clinical lead compound; Initiate Design Control activities, establish Design and Development Plan, develop regulatory strategy.
  5. ADVANCED CHARACTERIZATION OF PRODUCT AND INITIATION OF MANUFACTURING
    Explore potential manufacturing options as well as manufacturability and sustainability of product design, including third-party partners and seek regulatory guidance, if appropriate. Begin studies supporting regulatory requirements.
  6. REGULATED PRODUCTION, REGULATORY SUBMISSION, AND CLINICAL DATA
    Prepare and submit regulatory filings, if appropriate. Begin P1 safety for NCE/NBE or P2 on repurposed compound; Manufacture product compliant with quality protocols or GMP depending on device classification.
  7. SCALE-UP, INITIATION OF GMP PROCESS VALIDATION, AND PHASE 2 CLINICAL TRIAL(S)
    Scale-up manufacturing, process validation; P2 efficacy program; post-P2 FDA meeting; device scale-up, device and diagnostic outcomes validated, regulatory submissions for marketing clearance; supply chains finalized.
  8. COMPLETION OF GMP VALIDATION AND CONSISTENCY LOT MANUFACTURING, CLINICAL TRIALS PH3, AND FDA APPROVAL OR LICENSURE
    Relevant regulatory submissions to request marketing.
  9. MARKET LAUNCH AND POST-MARKET SURVEILLANCE
    Supply chain contracts active, sales and distribution forces active, post-marketing studies active (as required).

OTHER RESOURCES

Other resources around the State of Utah can assist teams helping to take technologies to market.

The Federal SBIR and STTR programs are designed to support small businesses in meeting the needs of Federal agencies and, in the case of the STTR program, to transition technologies from university to industry.

GOED Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Information & Resources

The state’s USTAR program has created a center to assist Utah small business is successfully obtaining SBIR and STTR contracts.

If you are interested in licensing a technology from one of Utah’s Colleges or Universites, here are links to the web pages of some of the offices which handle

University Technology Commercialization/Transfer Offices:

Entrepreneurial Resources to Assist Startups:


TCIP Mentor and Entrepreneur Training Program:

GOED has contracted with Boom Startup to provide mentorship and training to recipients of TCIP grants. Boom Startup also provides GOED with monthly, quarterly and annual reports on the progress of TCIP grant recipients.

Resources

Contact Us

_TCIP Fund Manager

Clark Cahoon

801-538-8895 ccahoon@utah.gov

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