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Proof of Concept (POC) Grant Program

POC grant funds and associated support are an important tool for advancing innovations beyond the early research phases, helping investigators bridge the gap between basic science and commercialization through a more informed approach that is anchored in user, market and technical realities. While they are not intended to advance the scientific research itself, they are designed to inform applications and improvements of technologies and support subsequent funding opportunities in the Federal SBIR/STTR and NSF I-Corps programs as well from seed funds, startup accelerators, and early-stage investors. The Virginia Tech POC Program provides awardees non-dilutive grants of up to $50k in funding along with LICENSE & LAUNCH commercialization support services.