Training Session for PIs and Co-Is: On Friday, April 9, 2021, the OTC will offer a lunch seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on how to make pitches for innovation funds. Everyone is highly encouraged to attend this session as part of their preparation for submitting their CIF proposal. The seminar is designed to help make the proposals more competitive. To register for this free event, please contact Becky England at or 256-824-6712 by April 8, 2021.

Final proposals should be received by the Office of Sponsored Programs by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 17, 2021. Draft proposals should be sent to your OSP Contract Administrator five business days before the final due date. Pitch presentations will take place on June 4, 2021. It is intended that awards will be announced by June 15, 2021. Questions may be addressed to Kannan Grant at 256-824-6621 or

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC)-managed Charger Innovation Fund (CIF) will be a UAH development mechanism that will assist faculty and staff with furthering the commercial potential of technologies developed at the University. Funds will be awarded under the advisement of the CIF Advisory Council, which consists of UAH faculty, research staff, and the local business community.

The objective of the CIF is to support short-term projects that will enhance the commercial value of UAH disclosed intellectual property assets. Financial support is designed to provide between $10,000 and $15,000 for a period of up to six months from the commencement of the project.  Project commencement shall begin no later than six months after award notification.

The CIF will support demonstrative commercial technology development work reducing an invention to practice, providing critical commercial-relevant data, or developing working prototypes. All projects will be viewed to accelerate the technology to the marketplace.

It is a requirement that all proposals submitted for consideration must have an associated Invention or Software Disclosure filed with OTC between October 1, 2020 and May 17, 2021.