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Grubstake Fund

The Grubstake program assists faculty members who have a project that may be commercially viable by providing funding to advance its development to the prototype stage. Funding levels vary depending on individual project needs, but the average award is around $50,000.

The Grubstake program was established in 1994 by Larry Gilbert, the founder of Caltech's Office of Technology Transfer. The Grubstake program is intended to provide 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. Grubstake proposals should be submitted using the same format as Rothenberg Innovation Initiative (RI2) proposals. See also the RI2 page for additional funding opportunities and the proposal template.

For additional information, questions, or submissions, please contact Fred Farina.