Skip to main content

Cowboy Innovations Funding Resources

GAP Funding

OTC provides a series of internal grants that fund feasibility demonstration and prototype development (up to $50,000) to advance OSU Inventions

LEARN MORE

Commercial Grant Funding

Bright Orange Ventures assists OSU and OSU-affiliated invention-based teams secure SBIR/STTR funding to help progress invention to market

LEARN MORE

Investment Funding

Brightest Orange Ventures provides investment into commercially viable OSU and OSU-affiliated technology-based startups and OSU internal projects with strong commercial teams.

LEARN MORE

Resources for Advancing Innovations

Funding Chart

A wide variety of funding and assistance are available for OSU researchers to advance their innovations. A comprehensive list of funding opportunities and commercialization assistance available to OSU researchers, based on the stage of the innovation, are listed here. 

 

  • Research & Invention

    Funding Resources

    • Federal and state basic research grants

    • NSF I-Corps Site program commercial grant ($3k)

     

    Assistance Resources

    Business Advising/Networking/Education

    NSF's OSU I-Corps Site Program Lean Launch, Customer Discovery Co-Horts

     

    Invention Protection & Licensing

    Invention Protection Planning

  • Proof of Concept & Lab Prototype

    Funding Resources

    Gap funding grant ($5k - $50k)

    • NSF's OSU I-Corps Site program commercial grant ($3k)

    • NSF I-Corps National program commercial grant ($50k)

    • Venture Well Team commercial grant ($25k)

    • NSF Partnerships for Innovation commercial grant ($200k - $500k)

    • OCAST OARS Proof of Concept commercial grant ($90k)

    • OCAST Health Research commercial grant ($125k)

    • OCAST Plant Science commercial grant ($100k)

     

    Assistance Resources

    Business Advising/Networking/Education:

    NSF's OSU I-Corps Site Program Lean Launch, Customer Discovery Co-Horts

    Business Advising including product/market fit analysis and perspective

    Technology Commercialization and Business Basics Co-Horts

    Cowboy Innovations Mentor Program

     

    Invention Protection & Licensing

    Invention marketing/licensing to existing companies

  • Product Development & Beta Prototype

    Funding Resources

    Brightest Orange Ventures internal OSU project investment, with or without outside matching--$20k-$100k

    • NSF's OSU I-Corps Site program--$3k

    • NSF I-Corps National program--$50k

    • VentureWell eTeam commercial grant--$25k

    • NSF Partnerships for Innovation commercial grant--$200k-$500k

    • Industry sponsored research

    • OCAST OARS Accelerated commercialization grant--$500k

    • Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I commercialization grant--$100k+

    • Federal SBIR/STTR Phase II commercialization grant--$750k+

    • Riata Pre-Seed Fund investment--$5-$25k

    • Various business plan competitions--$5k-$50k+

     

    Assistance Resources

    Business Advising/Networking/Education:

    NSF's OSU I-Corps Site Program Lean Launch, Customer Discovery Co-Horts

    Brightest Orange Ventures Business Advising including startup launch planning

     

    Commercial Grant Assistance:

    Internal OSU commercial grant proposal assistance

    • OK Catalyst SBIR Accelerator Program

    • OK Catalyst Endeavor Phase II Conversion Program

     

    Business Advising/Networking/Education:

    Brightest Orange Venture startup structuring/registering for SBIR/STTR eligibility and grant proposal assistance

    Technology Commercialization and Business Basics Co-Horts

    Cowboy Innovations Mentor Program

    • OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship

    • 36 Degrees North, Tulsa

    • Meridian Technology Center CBD

    • Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers

     

    Invention Protection & Licensing

    Invention marketing/licensing to existing companies or startup companies

     

    Prototyping Design/Fab/Testing Assistance:

    • OSU New Product Development Center

    • OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute

    • OSU Design Manufacturing Lab / FabLab

    • OSU Biosystems Engineering Laboratory

    • OSU Food and Agricultural Products Center

    • OSU Helmerich Research Center, Tulsa

    • Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

    • Industry Consultants

     

    Physical Space:

    • OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship

    • 36 Degrees North, Tulsa

    • Meridian Technology Center

  • Launch & Growth

    Funding Resources

    Brightest Orange Ventures startup seed investment--$50-$100k+

        • Riata Pre-Seed Fund investment--$5k-$25k 

        • Cowboy Technology Angels investment--$25k+

        • i2E TBFP loan (matching)--$50k

        • i2E Seed Step Angels investment--$25k+

        • i2E various fund investment (some matching)--$100k+

        • REI Oklahoma loan--$2k-$200k+

        • Various Angel and Venture Capital investment--$100k+

     

    Assistance Resources

    Business Advising/Networking/Education:

    Brightest Orange Ventures business advising including startup formation and operations setup

    Cowboy Innovations Mentor Program

        • OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship

        • 36 Degrees North, Tulsa

        • Meridian Technology Center CBD

        • Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers

     

    Physical Space:

    OSU Research Park scalable space for rent

    OSU facilities/labs space and equipment for rent

        • 36 Degrees North, Tulsa

        • Meridian Technology Center CBD

 

Back To Top
MENUCLOSE