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UvA valorisation funding

Do you have an idea, concept or an invention that could do with further development? Regardless of your domain - Social Sciences and Humanities, Exact sciences or Life sciences - IXA UvA offers you a variety of funding and grants.

With these resources UvA researchers can carry out technical and/or commercial feasibility studies or start an innovation driven enterprise. We also provide a grant that aims at bringing collaboration with a company a step closer. Point of departure for these resources is (applied) knowledge developed within an UvA context. Each resource type has their own conditions, which are stated in the applicable Application Form.

  • General information

    Grant and Funding resources, the difference

    Proof of Concept (PoC) and Pre-Seed fundings finances feasibility and/or commercial studies for your concept or invention. In case of success, a percentage of, the proceeds deriving from license revenues will flow back into the Valorisation Fund. This way we can finance other UvA projects and maintain this Fund.

    Grant is a gift that is made available under certain conditions.

    How to apply?

    • Initiators can apply for funding by sending IXA UvA the application form, which can be downloaded here (conditions are stated in the applicable Application Form).
    • This application form shall include a well-reasoned exploitation plan consisting of a budget with an estimate of costs.
    • IXA will support Applicants to complete the application form.
    • Deadline: continuously.

    Review, assessment and procedures of your application

    • For some types of funding, such as PoC and Pre-Seed, Applicants will be invited to pitch their proposal for an IXA expert panel. This panel assesses the application and the business case. This involves a review on technological feasibility, commercial potential and the business model for the projects subject.
    • In case of a Valorisation Fund application, IXA will consult external parties to review the request. On basis of their review IXA UvA decides whether or not to grant the applicant.
    • Approved applications will receive an Agreement from IXA UvA.
    • The fund will be made available by providing IXA with a WBS number of Applicants department, after which you can start!
    • Applicant reports the progress and results during and after of the project to IXA UvA.

    Exploitation of project results

    Project results will be licensed to an applicant's enterprise or Start-Up initiative for exploitation purposes. PoC and Preseed funding are a soft loan with a revolving character in case of successful exploitation of the results. This means that proceeds deriving from license revenues will flow back into the Valorisation Fund to support and finance other UvA projects and thus maintain this Fund.

    Do you have questions or want support?

    If you could do with advise or more information to decide which type of funding fits your needs or when you want support with your application, please contact Albert Wijnen at IXA UvA 020 525 5417 or a.wijnen@ixa.nl

  • Intellectual Property Fund

    Patent costs for UvA IP

    If you develop a potentially patentable invention you must notify your dean and IXA-UvA. Together with an IXA-UvA business developer you will discuss the invention and determine whether it is new and patentable and establish whether the invention has commercial potential. If so, IXA-UvA and the director of your research institute and the faculty dean will decide on submitting a patent application. Secrecy is essential to obtaining a patent, at least until the patent application is submitted.

    The cost for patenting is paid for via the UvA Octrooifonds. For more information and advise contact our team at octrooi@uva.nl

  • Proof of Concept and Pre-Seed funding

    For feasibility and/or commercial studies, up to 100k€

    IXA offers the following PoC and Pre-Seed funding:

    • Proof of Concept Fund: feasibility studies, 25-100k€
    • Pre-Seed Fund: commercial (start up) activites, up to 100k€

    Proof of Concept (PoC) funding finances feasibility and/or commercial studies for your concept or invention. In case of success, a percentage of, the proceeds deriving from license revenues will flow back into the Valorisation Fund. This way we can finance other UvA projects and maintain this Fund.

    Review, assessment and procedures of your application

    • Initiators apply for funding by sending IXA UvA the application form, which can be downloaded on this site (conditions are stated in the applicable Application Form).
    • Applicants will be invited to pitch their proposal for an IXA expert panel. This panel assesses the application and the business case. This involves a review on technological feasibility, commercial potential and the business model for the projects subject.
    • Approved applications will receive an Agreement from IXA UvA.
    • The fund will be made available by providing IXA with a WBS number of Applicants department, after which you can start!
    • Applicant reports the progress and results during and after of the project to IXA UvA.
  • Informatics Feasibility Fund

    For feasibility/ commercial study, up to 45k€

    This funding type offers researchers and students from the Institute of Informatics UvA an opportunity to carry out technical and/or commercial feasibility studies on their concepts, inventions or ideas. IXA UvA manages the Informatics Feasibility Fund. The conditions under which the funding can be provided are briefly summarized below. IXA provides this Fund for a period of 3 years.

    Who is eligible?

    The funding can be provided to researchers and students, from the Institute for Informatics of the UvA.

    Conditions for Feasibility Funding

    • The idea is promising and expected to be both technical and commercial
    • The initiator or team looks capable
    • Commitment of the manager of the Institute for Informatics
    • The available (or remaining) budget is sufficient to grant the requested funding as administered by IXA.

    Funding types

    1. For researchers: funds up to 70k€.  
    2. For students: 5 funds of max 5k€ for a 10 months period of 500 €/pm student salary

    Application, assessment, and management procedures for funding

    • Download Application Form here
    • IXA will help applicants to complete the application form.
    • Applicants will be invited for a Pitch presentation for an expert panel. The panel assesses the application and the associated business case. This involves an examination of criteria such as technological feasibility, commercial potential, business model
    • Approved applications will receive an Agreement from IXA UvA.
    • The fund will be made available by providing IXA with a WBS number of Applicants department, after which you can start!
    • Applicant reports the result of the project to IXA.

    Interested in IXA UvA Informatics Feasibility Fund?

    Please contact IXA UvA info@ixa.nl, call 020 525 5417 or visit our office at B0.159, Science Park 904, next to the chess board.