Welcome to OSU’s Spring Term Innovation Day!

Each term at OSU, we set aside time to help research faculty learn more about the resources available to increase OSU's research impact through the broad adoption of research innovation by society.  

Are you working on a research project that could have societal and economic impact?  Interested in learning about resources available to help develop this research into something that might attract an industry partner or a startup? Attend this Spring's Innovation Day Webinar!


From Idea to Societal Impact 

Thursday, April 23 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Webinar

Available resources and funding to help you move innovation from the lab to a license

Join this webinar hosted by the OSU Advantage office for OSU faculty and graduate student researchers to learn how you can take advantage of the funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this webinar, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD). 

Speakers include:

Karl Mundorff, OSU Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Rich Carter, OSU Faculty Lead for Innovation Excellence & CEO of Valliscor

Leon Wolf, SBIR/STTR Support Center Coordinator, VertueLab

Mark Brady, Innovation Strategist at Business Oregon

Katie Pettinger, OSU Advantage Accelerator Impact Catalyst

John Sweet, Licensing Manager at OSU



  • Introduction

  • The Journey of an Idea: 

    • An overview of how an idea at OSU turns into a licensed technology and eventually a product: Katie Pettinger 

    • Examples of spinout companies: Rich Carter

  • Funding Opportunities: 

    • OSU: Katie Pettinger

    • Federal: Leon Wolf

    • State: Mark Brady 

  • Training Opportunities:

    • Iterate, Accelerate, and Launch: Karl Mundorff 

  • $5k Innovation Award Opportunity: John Sweet

  • Q&A



Innovation Day Award

Application Guidelines

With the Innovation Day Award, one faculty member will be selected to receive an award of up to $5000 to answer a commercial question in the faculty member’s research such as “with this proof, I can confirm that I have unique innovative technology” or “I can confirm which industry will be interested in the outcome of this research.”

In order to eligible to be considered for this award, an applicant must: (1) complete the Innovation Day registration form, (b) attend the Innovation Day webinar (April 23rd) and (c) send an email to john.sweet@oregonstate.edu  containing an “Idea Pitch” in a PDF file [1 page, 1 in margins, 11 point font, single space] explaining the innovation idea or technology and how you will use the funds by Monday May 4th.

Here are some additional guidelines for your Idea Pitch:

Idea Pitch Submission Requirements:

Each Idea Pitch should describe the following items:

  • Problem:  Describe a problem that you believe no one has solved very well to date.
  • Market:  Who will benefit most from a solution to this problem?
  • Technology:  How will your new software solution address this problem?
  • Budget:  How do you plan to use the funds to advance your idea?

The winning team can use this $5000 award for activities that will help advance the team’s conception and understanding of market opportunities for deployment of new products and services.  Funds can be used for approved uses such as:  product design and specification; customer discovery (such as visiting and interviewing potential customers and stakeholders); attending trade shows in relevant industries; validation of use cases; patentability research; feasibility studies; proof of principle prototyping; market research; and commercialization plan development.  Funds can also pay for students to perform these activities.

All uses of funds are subject to the winner’s preparation of a final budget to be reviewed and approved by OSU Advantage and the UVDF committee.  Funds may NOT be used: to support faculty or staff salaries other than graduate research assistants; to pay for publication costs; to purchase lab equipment; to fund basic research; or to pay for other costs incurred prior to approval of expenditures.

Questions and Submissions:

Please email all questions and submissions to John Sweet (john.sweet@oregonstate.edu) in the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD). 

Deadline for Submission:  May 4th


The Innovation Day Award is made possible by OSU’s University Venture Development Fund (UVDF).  The State of Oregon, through special legislation designed to promote philanthropic donations targeted to commercialization of research at Oregon’s Universities, enabled OSU to create the UVDF to advance innovation at OSU. More details about the UVDF can be found here: http://advantage.oregonstate.edu/funding-opportunities

Decisions will be announced by Friday May 8th.