In October 2019, the MSU Technology Transfer Office made its debut Gap Funding 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. Proposals were evaluated by MSU TTO, Dean Mark Ranalli, and Next Frontier Capital.  


Since then, each Fall and Spring, another round of Gap Funding has been awarded. 


Fall 2019 winning proposals:

  • Stephanie McCalla (Chemical & Biological Engineering) -- Customized Microfluidic Device Temperature Controller And Thermocycler For Use Within A Microscope ($19,140)
  • Ed Dratz (Chemistry & Biochemistry) -- Chemically Defined Cell Culture Supplements for Superior Results ($59,048)
  • Mark Jutila (Microbiology & Immunology) -- Use of immune modifiers to enhance bovine resistance to scours ($19,346)
  • Indika Kahanda (Computer Science) -- ClearCareAI: An Effective AI-powered CPG-based Treatment Recommendation System for Psychiatrists ($19,966)
  • Blake Wiedenheft (Microbiology & Immunology) -- Novel system for delivery of designer RNA cargos for treating monogenic diseases ($50,000)


Spring 2020 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)


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


Phone: (406) 994-7483