Important Dates and Deadlines


Final Proposal Applications and presentation slides:

Friday April 17th, 2015

Proposal Presentations:

Friday May 1st, 2015

Award Announcement:

Early May, 2015

SPROUT Program

The 5th Annual SPROUT Program

Welcome! Here you will find important details about the 5th Annual Brandeis SPROUT Program. This initiative, funded by the Provost’s Office and the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) through its Brandeis University Virtual Incubator Program, is designed to encourage and support entrepreneurial activity within the Brandeis community, including students (graduate and undergraduate), postdocs, faculty and staff.  The awards are intended to help bring your research and entrepreneurial ambitions to life. 



Congratulations, Semi-Finalists! Remember, the Virtual Incubator Boot Camp is Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th. This weekend event is designed to prepare the semi-finalist teams for success! The teams will acquire skills and expertise needed to submit their best Final Proposal Applications and presentation slides on Friday, April 17th. Those teams with the strongest Final Proposal Applications and presentation slides will be chosen to advance to the final phase of the SPROUT Program, where finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges on Friday, May 1st. Awards will be announced early May.

Please note that your proposal package will be a confidential submission to the Brandeis Office of Technology Licensing. It does not constitute a public disclosure for patenting purposes. This document will be reviewed by the Brandeis Office of Technology Licensing and its advisors for the sole purpose of evaluating this Brandeis SPROUT Program application.

Who May Apply 

Undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff from any Brandeis department or school are eligible to apply for the SPROUT Program. Please note that at least one team member must be a Brandeis affiliate.

Eligible Research 

The 5th Annual SPROUT Program at Brandeis will provide pilot funding for innovative scientific projects within the Division of Science that require bench research, lab space, and/or lab equipment. The projects should further have a positive impact. Applicants will be judged and awards of varying amounts will be presented to winning teams based on the specific needs of the respective projects. Some examples of SPROUT projects would be the development of an enzyme, a drug or compound, a new material, and alternative fuel sources.

Grant Amounts 

A total of $50,000 in SPROUT funds will be awarded during the Spring 2015 Award Round.  The amount of funding will be commensurate with the scope of the project. Smaller budgets are encouraged.  The key is to match your budget request to the funding you need to get your idea off the ground.

Intellectual Property

Awards will be governed by the Brandeis University Intellectual Property Policy, which can be found on the OTL website.  Please contact Melissa Blackman (, 6-2139) with specific questions.

Evaluation Criteria

SPROUT Program Final Proposals will be judged by a panel of independent, outside advisors. Applications will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of proposed research plan
  • Potential commercial importance of the proposed project;
  • Competence, balance and completeness of entrepreneurial team;
  • Possibility of attracting future development funding to advance the proposed project;
  • Degree of innovation and novelty in the proposed project
  • Potential for commercially significant inventions, copyrights and patents;
  • Probability of achieving proposed goal with the award resources and in the time proposed. 

For more information about the past SPROUT Programs, click the links below:

2011 SPROUT Program Winners

2012 SPROUT Program Winners

2013 SPROUT Program Winners

2014 SPROUT Program Winners