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UIC Chancellor's Innovation Fund POC Awards Program
Pre-Proposal Applications Due Thursday October 3, 2013

The UIC Chancellor's Innovation Fund Proof of Concept (POC) Awards Program is accepting pre-proposal applications for Fall 2013. During each round, the POC program accepts pre-proposal applications for project grant requests of up to $75,000. To be eligible for funding, projects must be based on a UIC invention that has been disclosed to the Office of Technology Management.

Eligible applicants must submit a Pre-Proposal Application form no later than Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 5:00PM CST. All Pre-Proposal Application submissions should be sent to For instructions on submitting a Pre-Proposal Application and to download a Pre-Proposal Application Form, please visit the UIC Chancellor's Innovation Fund website at

Questions regarding the POC Awards Program can be addressed to, calling 312-996-7018, or contacting a Technology Manager in the Office of Technology Management.

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About the UIC Chancellor's Innovation Fund

The UIC Chancellor's Innovation Fund (CIF) has been established at UIC by the Office of the Chancellor in partnership with IllinoisVENTURES to support the commercialization of technology developed by faculty, staff and students at UIC. This program would not have been possible without the support and funding from the Office of the Chancellor, IllinoisVENTURES, the Office of Technology Management and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The CIF is a hybrid proof of concept and equity investment fund with an expected commitment of $2 million per year for 5 years. The launch of the CIF and its associated POC Awards Program positions UIC as a leader in the efforts to transform discoveries and technologies originating inside of universities into useful products and services that benefit society.

About IllinoisVENTURES

IllinoisVENTURES (IV) is a premier seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on research-derived companies in information technologies, physical sciences, life sciences and clean technology. IV starts and builds globally-competitive businesses based on work conducted at Midwest Universities and federal laboratories by bringing together leading researchers and entrepreneurs to mold concepts, vision, intellectual property, sweat and passion into breakthrough, high-growth companies. Conceived and launched by the University of Illinois, IV has been consistently named by Entrepreneur magazine to its national list of the top 100 venture capital firms. For more information about IllinoisVENTURES please visit


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