Technology Development Pilot Program

The Technology Development Pilot program was made possible with funding from the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research (VPR) and was aimed at advancing selected inventions with commercial potential to position them for other funding opportunities and make them attractive to potential licensees or investors.

Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation, which supports the VPR’s mission to be an essential catalyst for advancing research and knowledge mobilization, strengthening Queen’s local, national and global impact, assessed the applications and oversaw the delivery of the pilot program.

Who was eligible to apply?

Queen’s faculty members who:

  • are tenured, tenure-track or clinicians with protected research time
  • hold external funding (or have held external funding in FY 2019-20 or 2020-21) from one or more domestic or international sources such as governments (including Tri-council agencies), companies, foundations, or other not-for-profit organizations
  • have a research or technology that satisfies or exceeds the definition of Technology Readiness Level 3, and
  • have submitted an Invention Disclosure Form to QPI in advance of this competition or as part of the Application to this Pilot Program.


Deadline to apply:
July 9th, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT

How much funding was available and when?

Successful applicants received $10,000 - $30,000 for their approved project, with funding made available in January 2022. Projects were expected to commence in January 2022 and be completed by December 31, 2022.

The total pool of available funding was $60,000; specific project allocations will depend upon number of applications received and individual project requirements. It was anticipated that a minimum of two projects and a maximum of six projects will receive funding.

What criteria was used to assess applications?

QPI reviewed and assessed applications using the following criteria:

  • Is the applicant eligible for this program?
  • Does the invention currently meet or exceed the definition of Technology Readiness Level 3?
  • Will the proposed project and statement of work advance the TRL of the invention and meaningfully strengthen its commercialization potential?
  • Is the proposed budget in-line with the proposed activities?
  • Can the work be completed in one year and the budget spent by December 31, 2022? Are the human resources in place to complete the proposed activities by December 31, 2022?
  • Were other organizations (academic, not-for-profit, government or industry) involved in creating the invention? If yes, do they have any rights to the invention or do they have rights to commercialize the invention?
  • Have any third-parties expressed interest in the invention?

What was the adjudication process?

QPI reviewed, evaluated, and ranked the applications using the above criteria, then recommended the most promising applications, and the amount of funding to be awarded to each, to a review committee, organized by the VP Research, for approval. Recommendations carefully considered the anticipated positive impacts to the development of the technology and the advancement of its commercialization potential in a reasonable period of time.

When were applications notified of funding decisions?

Faculty members received notification of project and funding decisions on November 15th, 2021.

What are the obligations of receiving funding?

Successful applicants are required to submit an interim report (June 30th, 2022) and a final report (due January 31st, 2023) to QPI, which summarizes the progress made relative to the approved statement of work, the technology development and TRL objectives, expenses incurred relative to the approved budget, and any inquiries received from third-parties regarding the technology.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation if you have questions about the program.

Download the Terms of Reference for this program.