2019 - VentureWell Faculty Grants


 (formerly National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance)

VentureWell Faculty Grants



Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  VentureWell faculty grants are awarded to US-based colleges and universities. If you have questions about the status of your institution’s VentureWell membership, please check here: https://venturewell.org/venturewell-member-list/


PI Eligibility:  Faculty and staff from VentureWell-member colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Proposals may include non-member partners from education, non-profits, industry, NGOs, governments and/or the investment community, etc.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 2


Summary:  VentureWell encourages proposals that involve students, faculty and advisors from engineering, science, business, design, and liberal arts disciplines, and is inclusive of groups traditionally underrepresented in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship, including women and people of color. Proposals may include plans for creating or improving an individual course, course sequence, minor, major, certificate program, incubator, accelerator, and other co- and extracurricular programs. Faculty grants support educational courses or programs at the intersection of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship that lead to the creation and support of student teams. Focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • General (technology-based) entrepreneurship
  • New materials and green chemistry
  • Clean tech sectors (renewable energy, water, agriculture, waste)
  • Technologies that address poverty alleviation and basic human needs, (including, but not limited to water, sanitation, healthcare, energy, agriculture, shelter)
  • Tech-based entrepreneurship led by women and other underrepresented populations
  • Biomedical and healthcare innovation.

VentureWell grants are competitive and successful proposals will include the following:

  • A focus on STEM entrepreneurship.
  • Experiential learning by doing, and creative pedagogical approaches to solving real world problems.
  • The formation of student teams focused on technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship with a positive social and/or environmental impact. An intention to encourage the best teams to apply to the VentureWell E-Team program.
  • A supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem for the most promising student teams to pursue commercialization beyond the proposed course/program.
  • A plan for continuation (and financial sustainability) of the course or program post-VentureWell funding.
  • If the program focus is outside the campus community or outside the US, a local partner must be identified.
  • VentureWell welcomes proposals that are multidisciplinary in nature (this is not required as we understand that each campus is different).
  • A simple work plan/table that outlines major milestones during the grant period.


Examples of projects that are NOT strong candidates for faculty grant funding include:

  • Courses and/or programs without a focus on technology innovation and/or entrepreneurship.
  • Pure research projects.
  • Courses and/or programs that are unlikely to continue beyond the grant period.
  • Existing programs where there is little change or improvement proposed (i.e., ongoing support requests).
  • Courses and programs that are disconnected from the entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus/in the community.
  • Courses and/or programs that do not lead to the creation of student teams.
  • Proposals that do not demonstrate support for the most promising technologies and teams beyond the classroom/lab/club.



September 13, 2019
Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project.  Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu
September 20, 2019
Deadline to submit an internal proposal.All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a research plan summary (3 pages max not including references), two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary budget.The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:shelly.martin@tamu.edu  or 979.862.2233.

October 4, 2019
Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.
November 6, 2019
Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.

Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.