The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently seeking technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Projects should require $15,000 or less of Accelerator Innovation and Development (AID) funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization.

Applicant teams who are selected for an AID award will receive an initial $5,000 of funding for activities that may not require access to OSU facilities. Following a team’s successful participation in the fall virtual Accelerate program and submission and approval of a follow-on scope of work, the remaining $10,000 of funding may be released and may be used for R&D activities as outlined in the project budget, subject to OSU facility availability. AID project durations are typically six to nine months. 

The Fall RFP application was open Monday August 23rd - Friday September 17th.

The process is as follows:

  • Apply for AID Funding using the provided form when a current one is posted to this page. (NOTE: You may want to write your answers separately and then put them in the form to avoid any content loss pre-submittal. Here is a pdf copy of all the application questions to assist you with this process.)
  • Once you submit an application, you'll receive an email asking you to sign up for a 1-hour Zoom interview slot to talk about your project with Accelerator staff. This interview is akin to an informal conversation and allows Accelerator staff to ask questions after reading the proposal. 
  • We’ll let you know the award decision by Monday, September 27, 2021.


  • Proposal Submission Period Begins: Monday, August 23, 2021
  • Proposal Submission Period Ends: Friday, September 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific.
  • Interview Period Duration: Monday, September 20, 2021 - Friday, September 24, 2021
  • Initial Award Decisions Communicated: No later than Monday, September 27, 2021.

The next virtual Accelerate program starts Tuesday October 5th.

Applicants are highly encouraged to contact the OSU Advantage Accelerator office prior to submitting an application. Accelerator staff are available to provide early project concept feedback and to help with the application. If you are interested in applying, please contact Katie Pettinger at [email protected] or Molly Arnold at [email protected]