The Accelerator is currently seeking proposals that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of 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 winter virtual Accelerate program, the remaining $10,000 of funding will 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. For more information and details on how to apply, read the full RFP.

The process is as follows:

  • Apply for AID Funding (submit a short proposal per the RFP) and submit an application for our Accelerate program (does not oblige you to participate if you are not awarded AID funding; it is just part of the application process)
  • Sign up for a 1-hour Zoom interview slot to talk about your project with Accelerator staff (note this interview is akin to an informal conversation and allows Accelerator staff to ask questions after reading the proposal; no presentation is necessary)
  • We’ll let you know the award decision by Monday, December 28, 2020.


  • Proposal Submission Period Begins: Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
  • Proposal Submission Period Ends: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific.
  • Interview Period Duration: Thursday, December 17 through Wednesday, December 24, 2020.
  • Initial Award Decisions Communicated: No later than Monday, December 28, 2020.

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

Budget proposal template here.