Bringing innovation and discovery to market

SUNY and our Research Foundation work hard to help our faculty, staff, and students make that leap from idea to market with their discoveries.

In April 2011, we jointly launched the SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) to support innovation across the SUNY research community and to accelerate the commercialization of inventions. Tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit and wide-ranging expertise of SUNY faculty, the TAF set out to identify opportunities where strategic investments can make a significant impact on moving products and services based on SUNY-developed technology to the marketplace.

The TAF program gives SUNY researchers a means to gain funding for select technologies and accelerate their development and commercialization.

A significant obstacle to the development and transfer of university technology is the lack of funding for promising discoveries after government-sponsored support ends and before a licensee or venture-capital support is secured. The TAF program bridges that gap for SUNY researchers. They now have a means to gain funding for select technologies to accelerate their development and commercialization.

Interested in applying for a TAF investment?

TAF investments are awarded through a competitive process that evaluates each technology for innovativeness, market potential and financial viability. By helping get to early commercial milestones such as proof-of-concept or market or business model validation, TAF makes SUNY discoveries more attractive for licensing and increases their eligibility for federal investment and innovation programs like Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Since the program launched in 2011, SUNY and the RF have invested over $2 million to successfully advance the commercial readiness of 40 SUNY innovations. The program has also spurred the investment of an additional $4.4 million from external partners, including federal agencies, industry licensees and angel investors.

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Previous TAF awardees

TAF funding opportunities