Credit: Jared Leadbetter
The Grubstake program was established in 1994 by Larry Gilbert, the founder of Caltech's Office of Technology Transfer. The Grubstake program assists faculty members who have a technology that may be commercially viable by providing funding gap funding to advance promising projects to the prototype or proof-of-concept stage. Grubstake applications can be submitted at any time during the year, and if selected, awards are made within a few weeks of the submission. Funding levels vary depending on individual project needs, but the average award is around $50,000.
HOW TO APPLY: Applications are open to Caltech faculty on a rolling basis. Budget must include actual faculty effort and direct costs only (including tuition remission and staff benefits as applicable). Indirect costs should not be included. Applicants should included a signed DAF but no MORA is necessary. Maximum budget is $75K/year for milestone(s) that can be completed within one year. Budgets should not include a subaward component as funding is intended to support innovative faculty research on campus.
Applications should follow the format for submission provided here
Applicants should include a signed Division Approval Form (DAF) with their proposal submission - DAF available here