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South Texas Technology Management to offer invention commercialization funding


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(Jan. 19, 2011)--South Texas Technology Management (STTM), which works to stimulate innovation and commercialization at four University of Texas System institutions, has announced it will offer a new round of SPARC awards through funding made available by the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute, a joint research program between UTSA and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Invention disclosures are due to STTM by Jan. 31, 2011.

SPARC awards encourage researchers to develop technologies that have the potential to be licensed for commercial development. Projects eligible for SPARC funding must be:

  • Between tenured or tenure-track faculty from UTSA and UTHSCSA or
  • Between UTSA or UTHSCSA and UTB or UTPA faculty; and
  • Completed before July 31, 2011
  • Related to an Invention Disclosure Form (IDF) filed with STTM no later than Jan. 31, 2011. (Visit the STTM website for details about IDF filing.)

Projects selected for development funding must be based on a UT invention and must be ready for commercial application once the proposed work is completed. Projects will be judged on the potential for commercialization and the extent to which the funds will advance the technology toward commercialization.

Judging criteria for SPARC awards include:

  • the invention's potential to become a novel "core" or "platform" technology for multiple products
  • whether a likely commercial partner has been identified for the invention
  • the invention's potential for significant financial return
  • whether the invention commands a strong proprietary position
  • the likelihood that the project will benefit significantly from the award
  • whether the invention is a likely candidate for follow-on funding

STTM stimulates innovation, fosters the practical application of research discoveries and assists in commercializing technologies for its member institutions, which include UTSA, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Texas at Brownsville and University of Texas-Pan American.

Learn more at the SPARC website or contact Arjun Sanga at 210-567-9208.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

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UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
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