Innovation Programs

To support researcher-entrepreneurs in technology development and commercialization, OHSU Technology Transfer has created a number of programs to enhance innovations created at the university. The awards expand Tech Transfer’s portfolio of funding opportunities that support all stages of innovation development — from disclosure through development and commercialization.

Find more innovation programming and opportunities from our OHSU partners, Collaborations and Entrepreneurship and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).

Early-Stage Technology Award Program

Early stage technology award program

With this new investment in early-stage technologies, OHSU Technology Transfer is expanding and strengthening the continuum of funding available to OHSU innovators — from disclosure to programs like the Biomedical Innovation Program, a collaboration of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute and OHSU Technology Transfer.

This award of up to $10,000 will be given every other month to support further development of a recently disclosed technology. OHSU Technology Transfer will select the awardee based on novelty and market opportunity, as well as the initial data provided with the technology disclosure. All new OHSU-based inventions disclosed to OHSU Technology Transfer are eligible for the award.

Contact to find out more about disclosure, the first step in the commercialization process.

Travel Award Program

Travel fund program

Are you developing an innovation at OHSU that you’d like to talk about with potential partners? OHSU Technology Transfer has implemented a new program to provide innovative teams travel funds to promote their discoveries and technologies through targeted presentations and meetings with potential partners or at partnering conferences.

OHSU Technology Transfer, with the OHSU Venture Development Fund, will award funds on a rolling basis to support individuals or teams with travel expenses.

To be considered, please send the following information to

  • The technology/innovation to be presented (include the TTBD Technology ID Number)
  • The conference you plan to attend and companies and individuals you plan to meet
  • Individuals who will be traveling
  • Amount of funds requested and intended use (up to $5,000)

OHSU Technology Transfer will notify individuals/teams of funding decisions within a few weeks of receiving this information. Awards are based on availability of funds and potential for impact to society.

National Academy of Inventors — OHSU Chapter


The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) was founded to recognize and encourage inventors and innovators across the country.  The goals are to enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. 

The Oregon Health & Science University Chapter of the NAI, launched in 2020 under the leadership of Peter Barr-Gillespie and Andrew Watson, recognizes inventors, innovators, creators and others who promote and support innovation across all disciplines of the university.

The purpose and benefits of the OHSU Chapter of the NAI is to:

  • Honor, encourage and publicly recognize academic inventors who hold patents, copyrights and other forms of valuable intellectual property
  • Encourage the disclosure of intellectual property and the translation of new discoveries for the benefit of society
  • Promote and enhance the development and commercialization of university patents and innovations
  • Encourage creative thinking, and a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Enhance visibility of university technology development, promote entrepreneurship and provide a means to advocate for university innovation in the local community
  • Increase the awareness of innovation at OHSU by mentoring, fostering and encouraging other faculty, staff and students to develop their ideas and discoveries
  • Strengthen innovation both locally and nationally
  • Promote an understanding of the translational use of inventions and intellectual property at the university and beyond while providing role models in such endeavors for students, staff and faculty
  • Promote interdisciplinary groups for fostering new ideas
  • Create a resource for the local community to facilitate greater interactions between the university, companies and organizations in order to increase economic impact
  • Provide the opportunity to publish in Innovation and Technology, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors

Become a Member

The OHSU Chapter of the NAI inducts two types of members:

  • Inventor Members are those university faculty, staff and students who have been awarded at least five U.S. patents through OHSU
  • Honorary Members are those university faculty, staff and students and members of the community who have facilitated and nurtured innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship at OHSU (examples could include: those who have conceived and developed significant non-patentable innovations and copyrights; those who have fostered and supported a spirit of innovation at OHSU; those who have created a culture of entrepreneurship at OHSU)

Inventor Members will be identified based on patent records maintained by OHSU Technology Transfer.

Honorary Members will be selected through a completed OHSU NAI Nomination Form.

Members will be inducted into the OHSU Chapter of the NAI at least once every year.  Members will be able to participate in Chapter activities following their induction.

The Innovation Development and Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA) Fund


The  IDEA Fund provides strategic, timely funding for:

  1. developing technologies,
  2. funding for OHSU startup companies, and
  3. innovation and commercialization educational programming support to help bridge the early-stage funding gap often experienced by innovators when moving through the commercialization process. 

The 3 funding tracks are described below.

I. Gap Funding Technology Support

  • To be used for previously disclosed technologies that could benefit from a targeted grant to bridge a critical gap or achieve a significant milestone toward commercialization. 
  • Technology development should be underway for projects seeking IDEA Gap Funding. 
  • Technologies previously awarded grant funding (e.g., OCTRI Biomedical Innovation Program) are preferred.  

For full details and instructions, please see the request for applications (RFA). Applications are reviewed quarterly.

Please send inquiries to

II. OHSU Startup Company Support

  • To be used as seed funds and SBIR/STTR matching funds for OHSU startups
  • Startup support is open to companies whose formation was dependent on the licensing of OHSU’s technology. These startups can apply for funding under 2 options: 1) up to $15,000 in seed funding for new startups 2) up to $15,000 in SBIR or STTR grant matching support for each award received.

To apply, submit the application form and all required materials to There are no deadlines for submission.

III. Innovation and Commercialization Educational Support

  • To be used to support educational programming and events in support of innovation and commercialization efforts and benefiting the OHSU community

Please send inquiries to