OSU Venture Development Fund

The Fall 2019 Request for Investment Proposals is now open and closes on the dates below.

Topical Area for submissions: Software (or Strongly Software-enabled) Technologies, Content and Digital Media

Details on the Fall 2019 Topical UVDF RFP may be downloaded here:
2019 Topical 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 December 16, 2019

Non-OSU Accelerator companies and students
Deadline for seeking approval to submit: 5 PM November 13, 2019
Deadline for sending proposal to OSRAA for compliance review: 4 PM December 13,2019

Submission by OSRAA of Final Approved Proposals to Sponsor: 5 PM December 19, 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: Donate to the Venture Fund