OSU Venture Development Fund

The 2019 Request for Proposals is now open. Details on the 2019 General UVDF RFP may be downloaded here:

2019 General UVDF RFP and Proposal Guidelines (pdf)

Budget template (MS Excel)

Match Form (MS Word)

Non-OSU employee Assignment Form (MS Word)


OSU Faculty & Students

Routing via Cayuse to OSRAA for internal review & approval: 5 PM June 3, 2019

Non-OSU Accelerator companies and students

Deadline for seeking approval to submit: 5 PM May 10, 2019

Deadline for sending proposal to OSRAA for compliance review: 4PM May 31,2019

Submission of OSRAA Approved Proposals to Sponsor: 5 PM June 6, 2019

In 2005 the Oregon State Legislature passed an innovative bill providing an unprecedented tax incentive for donors choosing to support commercialization of promising university discoveries and campus-based entrepreneurial education by contributing to university venture development funds at the seven Oregon University System (OUS) campuses and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The OSU Venture Fund builds entrepreneurial capacity in Oregon, aids emerging university technologies to become commercially viable and helps small technology companies grow in Oregon.

The purposes of a university venture development fund are to provide:

  • Capital for university entrepreneurial programs
  • Student opportunities to gain experience in applying research to commercial activities
  • Proof-of-concept funding for transforming research and development concepts into commercially viable products and services
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities for persons interested in transforming research into viable, commercial ventures that create jobs in this state

The Fund operates on donations and provides a generous tax incentive to donors.