The GapFund360 helps Northeastern’s researchers bridge the gap between promising lab results and demonstrating a commercially viable prototype. We offer grants and programs designed to catalyze our state-of-the-art technologies, advancing innovation through prototyping, validation, and industry input.
The GapFund360 is supported by the Provost’s Office and the Office of General Counsel and overseen by the Center for Research Innovation (CRI).
In the first cycle of funding, five GapFund360 Phase I awards of $50,000 each will be granted. Four of the awards will support innovations in any field. An additional award, co-sponsored by the Global Resilience Institute, will focus on inventions advancing resilience.
The following year, up to two GapFund360 Phase II awards of $150,000 each will be granted.
GapFund360 grants may be used to advance the commercial prospects of your invention in many different ways, including:
Building a commercially ready prototype
Animal testing to generate in vivo data needed to attract commercial partners
Developing manufacturing processes that enhance yield, speed or cost
Repurposing or enhancing technology to meet industry-specific needs
Phase I 2018 Awardees
Contactless Wireless Energy Transfer: Anywhere, Anytime Charging Surfaces Kaushik Chowdhury, Yousof Naderi, Ufuk Muncuk, Kai Li
EchoPose: Smart AI Trainer by Deep Learned Visual Intelligence Raymond Fu, Songyao Jiang, Fuming Guo
Uniquely Engineered Nontoxic Mn-ferrite Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Vincent Harris, Parisa Andalib
First in Animal Demonstration of Tendon/Ligament Repair and Replacement Jeffrey Ruberti, Adam Hacking
Global Resilience Institute Awardee Battery-less Infrared Sensor Tags for Reliable Occupancy Sensing (BISTROS) Matteo Rinaldi, Zhenyun Qian, Sungho Kang
Eligible applicants include Northeastern University Principal Investigators (PIs) with novel, innovative and commercially valuable technologies that are currently in the proof-of-concept stage. At least one Northeastern University Principal Investigator with the duty to assign must either lead or oversee the proposed project. No outside PIs will be allowed. Any prior intellectual property required to implement the technologies must also have been assigned to Northeastern.
In addition, you must have a business mentor prior to application. To connect with a mentor, start with Step 1 below.
If you would like to learn about additional Northeastern funding programs and resources for technology entrepreneurs, please visit the CRI website.
Please check with the CRI if you have any questions about eligibility.