University of Oregon

Matt Hutter
Director of Development
Research, Innovation and Graduate Education

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University Venture Development Fund

How the fund is managed

The UO Venture Development Fund is overseen by Kimberly Andrews Espy, Vice President for Research and Innovation and Dean of the UO Graduate School.

Funds are received and managed by the University of Oregon.

Grants from the UO Venture Development Fund are allocated among three integrated programs which target the most promising discoveries arising from the UO’s research enterprise:

• Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (IEP), an interdisciplinary program administered by the UO’s Lundquist College of Business that involves close collaboration with the law school, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Technology Transfer, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.

• Proof-of-concept and translational research grants administered by the UO Vice President for Research and Innovation

• Innovation and Entrepreneurship Venture Fund seed grants, awarded as matching funds, to new UO spinoff companies arising from the highly competitive IEP program

“This fund will enable a higher percentage of new ideas to bridge the gap between basic discovery and societal application through key investments in entrepreneurial education, applied research, and start-up companies emanating from Oregon's universities.”

—Dave Chen,
Chair, Oregon Innovation Council