The 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 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 spring 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. 

The process is as follows:

  • Apply for AID Funding using the provided form when a current one is posted here. (NOTE: You may want to write your answers separately and then put them in the form to avoid any content loss pre-submittal.)
  • 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 Friday, March 17, 2021.


  • Proposal Submission Period Begins: Monday, February 8, 2021
  • Proposal Submission Period Ends: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific.
  • Interview Period Duration: Monday, March 8, 2021 - Thursday, March 17, 2021
  • Initial Award Decisions Communicated: No later than Friday, March 19, 2021.

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].