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New UC San Diego Program Expands Campus Innovation Pipeline

The innovation ecosystem at UC San Diego will open more opportunities for campus entrepreneurs with the launch of Accelerating Innovations to Market (AIM), an ambitious program that encourages graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, researchers and faculty to develop and commercialize their problem-solving ideas.

Coordinated by the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC), the program invests in milestone-based projects that develop proof-of-concept and de-risk early-stage technologies. According to Paul Roben, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation, a central focus of AIM is value-driven engagement with industry.

“We want to facilitate mutually beneficial early-stage collaborations between industry and academia and help these innovators build relationships with industries,” Roben said. “AIM aligns with other campus initiatives as part of the broad innovation-support pipeline UC San Diego is developing.”

AIM provides UC San Diego graduate students, postdoctoral associates, researchers, and faculty up to 12-month awards in two tracks: 1) software-based technologies (awards up to $20,000), and 2) devices and materials (awards up to $50,000). The program provides additional opportunities to build industry relationships and move technologies toward commercial application.

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Program details are available here.