Deadline set for Purdue Trask Innovation Fund applications

February 2, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University inventors who are prepared to advance Purdue technologies toward commercialization can submit applications for Trask Innovation Fund awards through Feb. 27.

The awards are competitive, and faculty and staff at all Purdue campuses, colleges, schools and departments are eligible. Applications must describe commercially relevant work that can be performed over a six-month period that furthers the development of a Purdue-owned technology that has been disclosed to the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. Other information about applications is available at

The Trask Innovation Fund Advisory Council manages two rounds of funding each year. The council is composed of representatives from the local business community, Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, and Purdue faculty. The advisory council will meet in late April or early May to determine this round's award recipients.

In this round of awards, selected projects from the Purdue College of Agriculture will have the opportunity to be awarded additional funding from Romney, Indiana-based Ag Alumni Seed Improvement Association Inc.

The most recent round of awards saw six Purdue researchers receive almost $150,000 for five projects, including a continuous-flow solar UV water disinfection system and a device to assess gait parameters and predict falls.

For information about the Trask Innovation Awards, contact Brooke Beier, Project Manager II, Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, 765-588-3464,

About Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology-transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at 

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342,

Source: Brooke Beier, 765-588-3464, 

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