Three times per year, the OSU Advantage Accelerator seeks 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 up to $15,000 of funding for R&D activities as outlined in the project budget and scope of work. Accepting the funds requires the team’s successful participation in the hybrid Accelerate program. AID project durations are typically six to nine months. 

The AID Fund process is as follows:

  • Apply for AID Funding using the provided form when a current one is posted to this page. It will be posted when the submission period starts. (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 the application questions to assist you with this.)
  • 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 typically let you know the award decision within one week after we complete interviews.


  • Proposal Submission Period Begins: February 1st, 2024
  • Proposal Submission Period Ends: February 28th, 2024
  • Interview Period Duration: March 4th - 8th, 2024
  • Initial Award Decisions Communicated: March 11th, 2024

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 Melissa Ward at [email protected]


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