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Technology Gap Fund

The University of Houston Technology Gap Fund is a grant program designed to support inventors as they move their technologies closer to commercial readiness. Funds are available to advance technologies by allowing inventors to decrease technical risk and thereby increase the commercial value of the technology, whether it is licensed to an existing company or used as a catalyst for a startup.

Goals of the fund include:
  • Developing the technology to bring it closer to the market. This can include prototyping, testing for efficacy, etc.
  • Creating industry partnerships by meeting potential licensees, finding pivots for their technology in the market, etc.
  • Generating a start-up company wherein the money is used to hire necessary personnel, purchase equipment, etc.
  • Preparing for further funding, such as SBIR / STTR grants, or other non-dilutive funding opportunities. 

Successful projects will include more than one of these aspects.

The Technology Gap Fund process is managed by the UH Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation.