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Technology Accelerator Fund

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.

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

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.

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.

Do YOU have an exciting INNOVATION in need of $50,000 and commercial feedback?

The application period for the SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund Class of 2022 is CLOSED! The proposal submission deadline has passed.

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)

TAF strategically invests in SUNY’s most disruptive innovations developed by faculty and students to accelerate their development and commercialization. SUNY and its Research Foundation have invested over $3 million through TAF to successfully advance the commercial readiness of 55 innovations born at SUNY campuses. The program has catalyzed follow-on investment of an additional $16 million from development partners, including government agencies, industry licensees, and early-stage investors.

Learn more about:

TAF 2022 Application and Administrative Guidelines

TAF Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form

TAF Class of 2022 Scope of Work

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