Speeding University R&D to Market

The world-renowned universities in the Pittsburgh region are a vital source of research and technologies, a starting point for innovation. With an annual research cache of more than $1 billion in federal grant money, the universities have vast potential for technologies and companies to spin out for commercialization. IW works in partnership with local universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and Robert Morris University to identify and cultivate high-potential ideas, and provide grants up to $25,000 to help speed commercialization. IW has provided more than a million dollars in University Innovation Grants (UIGs) since the program's inception.

Our University Innovation Grants are applied to:

  • Technology validation
  • Market research
  • Prototype development
  • Intellectual property evaluation

IW also works with university partners on educational initiatives designed to demystify the commercialization process for university researchers and make it easier for them to see a path from their research to market potential.

Click here see a list of companies that have become UIG recipients.

UIG Program Brochure


Innovation Works values diversity in its programs and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to submit applications or business plans for consideration.

Innovation Works is the Ben Franklin Technology Partner of Southwestern PA and is supported by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

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