Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Office of Innovation and Economic Impact

The Innovation and Economic Impact team supports research commercialization across The University of Texas at Austin with the goal of getting products and services that benefit society into the world faster and more efficiently. Our team manages UT’s intellectual property, corporate sponsored research, and support offerings for startups.
Contact: Christine Dixon Thiesing, Associate Vice President for Research

Innovation and Economic Impact Funding Opportunities

The Proof of Concept Awards provide up to $25,000 to faculty members or permanent researchers with principal investigator status to demonstrate the feasibility of their innovations to accelerate the process towards commercialization.

Currently reviewing applications

Email Matt Sorenson for more information and to be notified of future application cycles.

The Bridge to Phase II Support Grants assist federal SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees that are advancing UT Austin technologies to make their Phase II proposals more competitive while increasing UT’s Phase II funding rates. Grants are reviewed quarterly, and awards are up to $30,000.

Application Deadline: January 18, 2022

Click here for the Request for Applications and more information.

Find the Right Resources Using The Navigator

The Navigator connects UT researchers and students to over 100 innovation and entrepreneurship resources across campus. From funding and mentoring to education and intellectual property, The Navigator centralizes access to the resources that help UT innovators and entrepreneurs succeed. Use The Navigator to discover the resources that are right for you.

Innovation and Economic Impact Units

Austin Technology Incubator >

UT’s deep-tech startup support organization that focuses on companies in the energy, healthcare, mobility, water, circular economy, and food and ag tech sectors. Founded in 1989, Austin Technology Incubator is the longest-active technology incubator in the United States. Its mission is to empower university and community entrepreneurs through a customized approach to commercializing their breakthrough innovations and competing in the global marketplace.
Contact: Mitch Jacobson, Executive Director

Office of Industry Engagement >

Manages and negotiates all UT private industry research contracts and public/private partnerships. The team streamlines research agreement negotiations to better accommodate industry funding cycles while also assisting UT faculty in their collaborative efforts with industry partners.
Contact: Rebecca Leamon, Associate Director

Office of Technology Commercialization >

Facilitates the transfer of university discoveries to businesses that will bring products and services to the marketplace. The Office of Technology Commercialization manages all intellectual property generated by the faculty, staff, and graduate students at UT and works with inventors to shape their discoveries into technologies that address a market need. By both protecting intellectual property and partnering to advance the intellectual property to the market, they play a pivotal role for research commercialization at UT.
Contact: Les Nichols, Director

Texas Innovation Center >

Serves as UT’s hub for bringing engineering and other scientific discoveries and technologies to the market by creating a community for collaborative research and entrepreneurship. While the center’s primary focus is STEM faculty and graduate students from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences, the Texas Innovation Center welcomes collaboration with other disciplines on campus.
Contact: Van Truskett, Executive Director

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