Acorn Innovation Grants

Acorn Innovation Grant (2021)

The Acorn Innovation Grant is intended to support the demonstration of the viability of a technology developed at Massachusetts research universities. Awards could be used to further develop a prototype, or to gather additional data to demonstrate proof of concept, or to obtain data that shows how the technology compares to existing technologies and what its competitive advantages are. The Acorn Awards are designed to fund small, rapidly accomplishable projects. The aim of these small projects is to demonstrate the technology features such that additional proof of concept or commercialization funding can be obtained. 

To be eligible for an Acorn grant, an applicant must be a Principal Investigator at a Massachusetts research university, with the technology disclosed to their institution.  As the awards are small, no overhead can be applied for in the budget. Up to 13 awards ($15,000 each) will be granted.

RFP will be launched on April 1st, 2021. Applications with a 3 min pitch video are due on April 15th, 2021. Click here to read the RFP.

 Solicitation Timeline:

April 1, 2021 Open Solicitation.

April 15, 2021 Applications due with 3 min pitch video.

May 5, 2021 Winners/non-winners notified.

May 19, 2021 Contracts must be under agreement. $10,000 wired upon receipt of first invoice. 

May 20, 2021 Projects begin.

May 31, 2021 Announcement of Award Recipients.   

Oct 1, 2021 Final reports due. $5,000 wired upon final report approval and receipt of second invoice.