In March 2020, MSU TTO made an opportunity announcement for funds to support the pre-commercialization activities around faculty inventions exhibiting strong market potential.  These gap funds were made possible by an award from the US Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies i6 Challenge program


In May, proposals were evaluated by MSU TTO, Dean Mark Ranalli, and Next Frontier Capital.  As was the case with our Fall 2019 CATalyst Gap Fund opportunity, the proposals were very competitive.  Award decisions were then made, and winners notified the last week of May.  Winning proposals:

  • Seth Walk and Heather Grifka-Walk (Microbiology & Immunology) -- Personal probiotics for gut microbiome health ($15,000)
  • Bernadette McCrory (Mechanical & Industrial Engineering) and Rexanne Wieferich (Nursing) -- REXSIM: Cost-Effective Electrocardiogram (ECG) Didactic and Manual Skills Training Platform for Novice Trainees and Advanced Training ($14,500)
  • Joe Shaw (Optical Technology Center) -- Transitioning a Low-Cost Cloud-Phase Imager to Commercialization
  • Mike Wittie and David Millman (Computer Science) -- Yardstick: A Gas Price Oracle for Performant and Economical Blockchain-based Services ($61,657)


Thanks to all of our applicants, our judges, and congratulations to the winners!


Round 3 of our CATalyst Gap Funding program will take place in Fall 2020.


Questions should be addressed to Daniel Juliano in the Technology Transfer Office.


Phone: (406) 994-7483