Proposals for up to $10,000 are invited from current SyracuseCoE Partner companies for the first round of the 2021 Innovation Fund. The Innovation Fund is funded by member companies of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program to help Partners overcome barriers in the process of commercializing potentially transformative innovations. Apply here

Companies at all Partner levels — Industry, Affiliate and Start-Up — are invited to apply. Projects must incorporate a SyracuseCoE core focus area, and preference may be available for projects that address the ongoing pandemic, as well as post-pandemic challenges. We welcome research engagements with faculty and students, support for product development and testing, market analysis, proposal match requirement, and more. Innovation Fund proposals must be submitted and led by Partner Program members, but may include collaborations with academic partners or with firms outside of the Partner Program.

To date, SyracuseCoE has helped finance more than 49 projects by 30 companies, totaling over $527,000. While the 2020 proposals were required to address the COVID-19 pandemic, current applications do not have to meet this qualification.

Previous companies who were Innovation Fund winners include:

Visit the Innovation Fund Projects page to see how other Partners have used these funds.

“The Innovation Fund Awards are a great example of how members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program can use their membership resources to take advantage of meaningful opportunities and overcome potential barriers to commercialization,” said SyracuseCoE interim executive director Eric Schiff. “The awards, based on technical merit and sound principles, have tremendous potential to strengthen each company through the success of their projects.”

Applications, due by Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 5:00p ET, will be invited to give a brief pitch, via Zoom, with a panel of reviewers. Visit the SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund webpage to learn more, or, if interested in joining the Partner Program, contact Tamara Rosanio at