Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization announces earlier and accelerated timeline for 2021-2022 LAUNCH Awards cycle

Published: May 25, 2021

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Since the 2015-2016 academic year, the LAUNCH Innovation Grants Program has provided 17 awards totaling over $650,000 to Auburn PIs to further develop their innovations to advance them towards commercialization. While many of these projects are ongoing, six of them have successfully advanced towards the market in the form of license deals or follow-on funding. To better serve the research enterprise at Auburn, the Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization, or IAC, announced that for the coming academic year, the timeline for the LAUNCH Award process has been significantly accelerated, allowing for earlier access to funds for award winners. Instead of running across both fall and spring semesters, the 2021-2022 LAUNCH Awards will be determined before Thanksgiving.

This comes with an earlier initial application window, running from June 14 to August 9. Please note that any LAUNCH applications must be related to an invention disclosure formally submitted to IAC no later than June 14.

For more details on LAUNCH and on this year's schedule, go to IAC's LAUNCH webpage.

Submitted by: Brian Wright