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Technology Enhancement Grant (TEG)

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Program Description

The Technology Enhancement Grant (TEG) Program provides funding to North Carolina universities or other NC research institutions through their respective technology transfer or entrepreneurship offices. Under this program, awards of up to $75,000 are available to fund a research study that will directly enhance the university’s licensing position for a commercially promising invention. The proposed project will ideally incorporate study endpoints designed to meet key milestones as defined by potential licensees or industry-experienced technology development advisors.


Proposals to the TEG program must:

  • Be submitted by an employee of a North Carolina university or non-profit research institute who (1) works in the institution’s technology transfer office or has licensing authority on behalf of the institution; or (2) supports technology, entrepreneurial or new venture development within the applicant institution
  • Demonstrate that protection of licensable intellectual property (IP) has been initiated (minimally, the filing of a provisional patent application or the preliminary steps towards trade secret or copyright protection)
  • Attest that the IP rights are assigned to the applicant’s institution and have not been committed through license, option or letter-of-intent to license to any third party at the time of application
  • Demonstrate that a dialog with an independent potential licensee of the technology has been initiated and/or an initial review of the technology and its commercial opportunity has been provided by an independent technology development professional
  • Outline a project that is designed to achieve a significant technical milestone that addresses an issue directly cited by a potential licensee as a potential obstacle to licensing

TEG Application Materials

***The following is for information only.***

TEG Guidelines and Instructions (PDF)

Coversheet (Word)

Budget Form (Excel)

Bio Sketch Form (Word)

Application Checklist (Word)

When you have your proposal materials prepared, submit your application online
(The online application form will be opened in early July.)