Funding Opportunity: February 1st deadline for USC Stevens TAG program

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the next Request for Proposals submission round for the USC Stevens Technology Advancement Grants (TAG) program. The purpose of the grants is to add value to unlicensed USC-owned technology, aiming to increase the probability of obtaining a license in the future.

USC researchers have until February 1, 2017 to apply online for the USC Stevens Technology Advancement Grants (TAG), a competitive grants program supporting early-stage technologies invented at USC through validation or proof-of-concept.

Launched in 2016 by the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, the TAG program offers competitive awards up to $50,000 to fund USC research. TAGs have a competitive two-step application process comprising an initial review by USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff and the USC Stevens Faculty Advisory Committee and a final review and recommendation by an external advisory board of industry experts. The first step, the Letter of Intent, has a deadline of February 1, 2017. If an application is selected favorably, the researcher(s) will be invited to submit an Invited Proposal by March 31, 2017.

In June 2016, USC Stevens awarded a total of $200,000 in TAG awards to USC researchers in the Keck School of Medicine of USC, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. For a list of last year’s TAG award recipients, see our news article at

To learn more about the TAG award and how to apply, read

–By USC Stevens staff, published December 8, 2016