The Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund was
established by an anonymous donation to support commercializing the
discoveries and inventions of UB Faculty and students.
The donation was made as a match challenge, and will be used to
finance prototype development, proof-of-concept studies, and other
research that will advance UB faculty inventions and translate them
into useful products and treatments to benefit society.
The fund also will help 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. Project aims
could decrease technical or business risk, strengthen or
broaden intellectual property protection, validate competitive
claims, answer specific industry questions or quantify market
potential. It supports proof-of-concept, prototype development,
toxicity testing and other technology testing as well
- Principal Investigator must be a UB faculty or full-time or
part-time student (graduate or undergraduate). Non-UB faculty
and/or students may be co-investigators or collaborators.
- A completed UB
New Technology Disclosure (NTD) form must precede or accompany
the application. If the discovery involves a technology or service
that is not protectable as intellectual property, please note so on
the form. Patentability is one evaluation factor but is not
required for project funding.
- 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 Viability: If the project is successful, how likely
is it that a commercial opportunity will develop?
- Strength of Technology
- 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
funding starts. Check the institutional approvals that will be
required to perform the project
- Animal Facilities
- Department Chair
Please prepare the following information and include it with
your application submission. Submit your application, any
attachments, and an NIH-style biosketch to Denise Lewis, Office of
Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- We encouarge you to ask Incubator staff for guidance and
information when writing your application.
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
- Concise description of product or service
- Commercial feasibility and potential
- Current stage of development
- Specific aims
2. Describe Research
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 problem to be addressed and the rationale for
- Brief background. Include preliminary data, any previous work
done by author and/or others and note any attached references or
- Methods to be used. Be concise, avoid jargon, and define all
- Expected results.
3. Commerical Feasibility
Address the following (2 pages):
- Need for product or service
- Developmental stage as it exists now
- Potential users
- Market size estimate
- Possible licensee (existing companies)
- Is this a start-up business platform?
- If regulatory approvals are required, describe
- Estimated time to market
- Additional remaining market barriers, required testing or
evaluation needed for commercialization if all of the aims are
Descibe disclosure / patent status of any intellectual property
involved (1/2 page).
Complete budget on page two of the application form.
- 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. Do
not use for patent costs, however.
- Supplements can be made, if justified, during the course of the
Include references and new technology disclosure if