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In April 2009, the Deshpande Center issued its annual Institute-wide call for proposals for two levels of grant awards - Ignition and Innovation. The grants target projects focusing on novel, enabling and potentially useful ideas and innovations in all areas of technology. Funding for Ignition awards - up to $50,000 per grant - might enable only exploratory experiments and limited proof of concept, and an Ignition Grant can position projects to receive further funding to continue to develop an innovation. Funding for Innovation awards - for as much as $250,000 per grant - is meant to benefit projects that have progressed beyond their earliest stages and are closer to commercialization.


Deshpande Center's latest funding cycle supports goal of 'idea to impact'