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Proof of Concept Program: Commercialization Gap Grants

The Proof of Concept Commercialization Gap Grants (PoC Program) initiative was launched in 2011 to advance both the research and public service missions of UC. The program funds innovations and discoveries at the cusp of commercialization that require a final demonstration of their commercial viability.

The PoC program enhances the University’s research mission through the highly selective identification and funding of compelling projects that advance the University’s position as a leading source of innovation, and provides a public service by supporting the commercialization of discoveries that benefit the California public and the State’s economy by attracting investment, creating jobs, and enhancing quality of life in the State. After its launch in 2011, this grant program generated great momentum and praise as UC strives to meet its mission of public benefit and support of California’s technology based economy by helping to translate discoveries from our research enterprise into commercial products and services. The third grant competition was held in 2012, with awards that began in Summer 2013.

For more information, please visit the program website: