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August 31, 2017

Purdue innovators can apply for Trask Innovation Fund awards through Sept. 22

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University innovators eligible to apply for commercialization funding support through Purdue's Trask Innovation Fund have until Sept. 22 to apply for the second-term awards.

The fund offers up to $50,000 for innovators and is designed to support short-term research and development projects that can enhance the commercial value of Purdue intellectual property. Funding is provided to Purdue labs to perform proof-of-concept work, compile critical commercial relevant data or develop working prototypes. All technologies submitted for awards must be disclosed to the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization and should strive to make the technology more marketable and attractive to a licensee. Click here for information on how to disclose a technology to OTC. Recipients use funds over a six-month period to advance their technologies toward commercialization. Click here for information on how to apply.

“Submissions are rolling in now, and we want to make sure every eligible applicant has the opportunity to compete for funding from this program,” said Brooke Beier, executive director of the Office of Technology Commercialization. “The quality and innovation of our applicants always makes the selection process difficult, and we anticipate that the applicants in this round will be equally competitive.”

In the spring 2017 round of Trask awards, two Purdue inventors received support from the fund.

Vilas Pol received $35,000 for “Low Cost, High Capacity, Faster Charging Carbon Anodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries.” Pol is an associate professor in Purdue's Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, associate professor (by courtesy) in the School of Materials Engineering and an affiliate of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, a standalone academic unit in the College of Engineering.

Jean Chmielewski received $20,000 for “The Pharmacokinetics of Cell Penetrating Antimicrobial Peptides.” Chmielewski is the Alice Watson Kramer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science.

For more information, visit Trask Innovation Fund.

About Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue 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 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Innovation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at

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