MTTC Acorn Awards

Maximum Award $10,000

The MA Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) is pleased to announce the launch of the MTTC Acorn Innovation Awards. This Fund is intended to support the demonstration of the viability of a technology developed at research universities in Massachusetts. Awards could be used to further develop a prototype or to gather additional data in order to show proof of concept or to obtain data that shows how the technology compares to existing technologies and what the competitive advantages are. The Acorn Awards are designed to fund small, rapidly accomplished projects. The aim of these small projects is not to perfect the technology but to demonstrate the technology so that its features can be shown and additional proof of concept or commercialization funding can be obtained. To be eligible for an award, applicants must be a Principal Investigator at a MA research university with technology disclosed to your campus.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 1, 2017. Applications must be in the format of the provided template (see below).

Student groups are welcome to apply with some restrictions.

If there are any questions, contact Michele Bernier from the MTTC office at or (617) 287-4088.

If you are from UMass, use these files:

UMass Acorn Fund Application Guidelines $10K

UMass Acorn Award 3 page Template 2017

If you are not from UMass, use these files:

MA Acorn Fund Application Guidelines $10K

MA Acorn Award 3 page Template 2017