Accelerator Awards

Accelerator Awards


The Ohio State University Accelerator Awards is a program that provides funding for technology development designed to accelerate the advancement of cutting-edge Ohio State innovations from the university into the marketplace. The program is funded by the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) and Ohio State and administered through the university's Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship.


The program is focused on providing funds to validate technologies that have progressed beyond basic lab research with the ultimate goal of creating an Ohio-based startup company. Projects are based on milestones that are constructed with guidance from external industry experts to determine viable deliverables that meet follow-on commercialization needs. The funds are used to de-risk and validate the technology using third party vendors. This technology validation is an important step in moving technologies from the lab for commercialization opportunities and garnering follow-on seed-stage capital investment.

The Accelerator Awards application process consists of three rounds: a pre-proposal, a full application by invitation and a pitch presentation by invitation. There are two upcoming Accelerator Award cycles. Key dates for each include:


   Fall 2020 Cycle

   Spring 2021 Cycle

  Pre-proposal due date

   December 7, 2020

   March 1, 2020

  Announcement of finalists

   January 2021

   April 2021

  Full proposal due date (by invitation only)

   March 15, 2021

   June 7, 2021

  Pitch presentations (by invitation only)

   April 2021

   July 2021

  Award notices

   May 2021

   August 2021

  Funding start date

   June 1, 2021

   September 1, 2021

Learn more about applying for an Accelerator Award

General Information

Want to know Accelerator Award basics? Learn more about the purpose and general scope of the awards program.

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Is an Accelerator Award the right program for you? There are a number of things to consider when thinking about applying for an Accelerator Award.

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Application and Review Process

Ready to apply? Learn more about the key dates and deadlines in the application process and access the RFP form.  

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