The College of Education has a distinguished history of bringing innovations to market to transform education and measurement. To build on this legacy and encourage continued innovation, UI Ventures and the College of Education are partnering to support faculty and staff efforts to help you refine your innovative ideas, consider its commercial potential, identify key needs and resources to address those needs, and connect you with people to help provide guidance and expertise.  

Fund for Innovation and Commercialization (FIC) dollars provide financial support for developing prototypes and testing market potential for intellectual property developed in the College of Education. 


Funds can be used for developing software prototypes, curriculum, apps, assessment IP or other innovations and test their viability for commercialization. Funds may not be used for student, faculty or staff salaries.  Project timelines should have both 6 month and 12 month milestones. 


Projects will be evaluated by a selection committee of members both internal and external to the College of Education. UI Ventures and the College of Education will pool funds to provide up to $50,000 per selected project and will fund up to 4 projects. 


Project applications are due January 24 and awards will be made in early February. 


Application process:


1. Submit proposal using form below before the deadline. UI Ventures will review content for relevancy and completeness.


2. UI Ventures compiles a summary for each project. Applicant may be asked to provide additional information.


3. The full proposal and UI Ventures summaries will be provided to selection committee. 


4. Project PI presents idea and proposal to the selection committee


5. Selection committee identifies projects to be funded.


6. Selected projects receive 50% of the funding with remaining funds released upon completion of appropriate milestones outlined in the proposal.

Fund Application

PI must be in University of Iowa College of Education
What problem is your technology addressing? What is currently used to solve the problem? 
Provide a brief description of your project and what makes you innovation different/better from the current available technology. (<500 words)
What are your 6 month and 1 year milestones?
Requested budget should be no more than $50K.  Funds cannot be used to pay salaries.