Robert Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF)

The Draper Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) provides a mechanism to support the additional research often necessary to bring new concepts and inventions to the patent and licensing stage. The program goal is the eventual introduction of new products and processes into the market place for the public good. Funds can be used to support efforts to enhance the scope or patentability of inventions and assist with their potential licensing to the commercial sector. Examples of research activities include prototype development, preparation of samples for evaluation, and application testing.

Contact your school/college for deadlines for internal review of proposals by school/college administrators. Internal review deadlines may be a week or more prior to submission to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE).  Funds will be made available on the 1st day of the next quarter following the deadline.

August 24, 2015 is the deadline for reports regarding TIF grants receiving funding during the 2014–2015 fiscal year.


Applicants must be University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members or academic staff. A formal University invention disclosure must have been accepted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Applicants must be in residence on the Madison campus during the funding period.

Funding Facts

Awards are subject to the availability of funds, therefore, we recommend that you contact The Graduate School (see contact information below) prior to submitting a request for funding. Proposals are funded at a level of effort necessary to achieve research objectives. Awards cannot exceed $50,000. Funding is made available on a quarterly basis throughout the calendar year. Proposals are funded for up to twelve months of effort.  Extensions will not be granted under any circumstances.

2015-2016 Deadlines

July 27, 2015
October 26, 2015
January 25, 2016
April 25, 2016

To submit your final TIF report, send it to this email address: