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

Important Dates

October 17, 2018
Applications Open
November 21, 2018
Proposals Due
December 17, 2018
Award Announcements
January 2, 2019
Funding Available

Eligibility

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.

Selection Criteria

Principal Investigator

  • How well qualified is the PI to adequately oversee and successfully execute the proposed activities?

Team

  • Does the proposing team have the expertise and experience to adequately conduct and successfully execute the proposed activities?

Intellectual Merit

  • Does the proposed activity have the potential to significantly advance the knowledge and understanding within the relevant field of study?

Novelty and Technical Advantages

  • How technically significant are the novel and/or disruptive aspects of the proposed technology compared to the current state of the art?

Market Opportunity

  • Is there a significant market opportunity that could be addressed by the proposed technology?
  • How large is the market for the proposed technology and the current products that are derived from similar technologies?

Commercialization Strategy

  • Does it seem reasonable that this research can be translated into a product or service that will have high commercial success?
  • Does it seem reasonable that the resulting intellectual property (e.g. patents) will be licensable externally?
  • If a future spin-out is proposed, is the spin-out strategy the best commercialization avenue for this technology?

Broader Impacts

  • How significant are the potential societal benefits of this technology?

Project Feasibility

  • Is it likely that the project milestones will be achieved within the proposed budget and timeline?
  • Is the project plan reasonable, well-organized, and well-justified?

Letters of Support

  • How relevant are the letters of support to the proposed project?
  • How strong are these letters?
  • Are the letters just from academic and technical collaborators, or also commercial and industry sources?

Budget

  • Is the budget reasonable?
  • Are the project costs limited to what is deemed reasonable and allowable?

Contact

Joel Bresler

Joel Bresler

Technology Portfolio Director
Center for Research Innovation
(617) 373-7891
gapfund360@northeastern.edu