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UIC Chancellor's Innovation Fund
Proof-of-Concept Awards Program

Fall 2014 POC Pre-Proposals Now Being Accepted

The UIC Chancellor's Innovation Fund (CIF) is pleased to announce that pre-proposals are now being accepted for the Fall 2014 POC Awards Program. Pre-proposal applications are accepted for project grants 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. Interested applicants must submit a Pre-Proposal Application form no later than Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:00PM CST to be considered.

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 All Pre-Proposal Application submissions should be sent to

We highly encourage faculty inventors to schedule a meeting with the Office of Technology Management and IllinoisVENTURES to discuss their proposed project prior to submitting a Pre-Proposal Application. Questions regarding the POC Awards Program can be addressed to or by calling 312-996-7018.

Spring 2014 POC Award Winners

We are also pleased to announce the Spring 2014 POC Awards Program winners. Over 30 pre-proposals from across the UIC Campus were submitted in this round of the CIF POC Awards Program with ten finalists presenting to a panel of venture capitalists and business leaders.

Projects funded as part of the Spring 2014 POC Awards Program include:

Brian Kay, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Project Title: High-Throughput Antibody Generation by PExSR

Valerie Dobiesz, MD, MPH, FACEP
Center for Global Health & Department of Emergency Medicine
Project Title: Obsterical Medical Device for Auto Transfusion in Post-Partum Hemorrhage (PPH)

Sriram Ravindran, MD
Department of Oral Biology, College of Dentistry
Project Title: Bioenhanced Implant Surfaces for Improved Osteointegration

Mark Grechanik, PhD
Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering
Project Title: Making Cloud Computing Elastic, Cost Effective and Efficient

Bellur Prabhakar, PhD
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine
Project Title: Evaluation of Soluble OX40L-JAG-1 to Treat Type-1 Diabetes

Dieter Klatt, PhD
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering/College of Medicine
Project Title: Validation of In-Vivo SLIM-MRE

We would like to congratulate all of the winners and also thank all of the applicants for their participation and decision to advancing UIC intellectual property towards commercialization.

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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.


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