Up to $100,000 in SPROUT funds will be distributed during the Spring 2018 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.
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.
The 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.
Awards will be governed by the Brandeis University Intellectual Property Policy.
The SPROUT application process has three parts: 1) preliminary application, 2) full application and 3) final pitch. After the preliminary applications are reviewed, selected participants are invited to continue the application process. These applicants are coached and mentored (individually and in group sessions) throughout the entire process. Final pitches are given to a panel of advisors including entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals.
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.