Established by an anonymous donor, the Bruce Holm
Memorial Catalyst Fund supports commercializing inventions
and discoveries of UB faculty and students.
The donation was made as a match challenge to finance prototype
development, proof-of-concept studies and other research that
advance UB faculty inventions and translate them into useful
products and treatments benefiting society.
The fund also helps generate revenue for the start-up companies
it supports. If fully met, the gift challenge would mean a total of
up to $2 million for these efforts.
The Holm Catalyst Fund grants support
commercialization of inventions and discoveries. It supports
proof-of-concept, prototype development, toxicity testing and other
technology related testing and development. Project aims
should decrease technical or business risk, strengthen or
broaden intellectual property protection, validate competitive
claims or answer specific industry questions.
- Principal Investigator must be a UB faculty. Non-UB faculty
and/or students may be co-investigators or collaborators.
- A completed UB
New Technology Disclosure (NTD) form must precede or accompany
- Existing industry connections are not a prerequisite for
funding; however, all projects should have a clear commercial
opportunity and benefit to the public good.
Review and Evaluation
The reviewers are scientists and experts in technical
businesses, but may not have detailed knowledge of your specific
field. Please write so that information can be understood by a
person who does not necessarily have experience in the specific
field of the discovery. Consider using Scientific American level
- Projects will be evaluated on merit based on the following
- Project Viability: How likely is it that the project aims can
be achieved within budget and specified time frame?
- Commercial Potential: If the project is successful, how likely
is it that a commercial opportunity will develop?
- Strength of IP protection: Has a patentability assessment been
completed? Was a patent application filed before
publication? Are U.S. and foreign country filings
viable? Does the protected intellectual property provide a
strategic advantage to a licensee?
- If the project is selected for funding, you will need to
get institutional approval including IRB, animal use (if
appropriate) and department/school approval before active
Please prepare the following information and include it with
your application submission. Submit your application, any
attachments, and an NIH-style biosketch to JoAnn Ratajczak,
Technology Transfer, at email@example.com
- Please use a font size of 11 points or larger.
- We suggest Arial or Helvetica.
- When inserting Greek letters or special characters, it must be
11 points or larger.
- You can use a smaller font size for figures, graphs, diagrams,
charts, tables, figure legends, and footnotes, but this type must
follow the font typeface requirement and be readily legible.
1. Executive Summary
Summarize (3/4 page) the main elements of the proposal
including the following Use a structured format including the
- Market problem to be solved
- The solution offered by this technology
- Commercial feasibility and potential
- Current stage of development
- Specific aims and budget
2. Research to be Performed
Describe Research to be Performed (3 pages). Include the
- Specific aims (maximum of 3). Each aim should address an issue
important to transferring the discovery to a useable product or
service. Describe the work to be performed to achieve each
aim. Include preliminary data that supports the feasibility
of the project.
- Expected results.
- Discuss IRB, IACUC or other institutional approvals required to
perform the work.
- The time to complete the project should be less than six (6)
months, unless there is rationale for a longer term (e.g. animal
3. Commerical Feasibility
Address the following (2 pages):
- Need for product or service
- Developmental stage as it exists now
- Potential users
- Market size estimate
- Primary competition and why your technology will win
- Potential licensees (existing companies) or potential for
- If regulatory approvals are required, describe
- Estimated time to market
- Additional remaining market barriers or development needed for
commercialization, if all of the aims are successfully met.
Describe disclosure and patent status of any intellectual
property involved (1/2 page). Provide Technology Transfer docket
Complete project budget provided in the template application
that can be downloaded as a word
- Should not exceed $50,000.
- UB personnel. Funding may not be used for faculty salary, but
can be used for salaries of research staff and/or students.
- Equipment. Do not include computers unless a portion of
- Materials and supplies. Consumables, animals, and other. Do not
include office supplies.
- Other expenses. You may include services from outside vendors,
travel, and other expenses not covered in the other categories, if
necessary to complete the aims. Changes may be made, if justified,
during the course of the study.
6. Letters of Support
Preference will be given in the review process to projects that
can demonstrate commercial interest. For example, a letter from a
company or potential investor indicating that the project aims
address a key technical question that needs to be addressed.