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VentureWell E-Teams Grants

VentureWell’s E-Teams program provides funds for faculty-led multidisciplinary student teams to bring inventions to market.  E-teams must​ contain a minimum of two active undergraduate or graduate RIT students as key members, and a faculty mentor who will serve as Principal Investigator (PI). 

Applicants for the winter 2019 program cycle must submit project abstracts (described below) to Charles Bush at by January 18,2019 at 5:00 p.m

Full program details are at

Students looking for faculty mentors are urged to contact the Simone Center.



Stage 1 ($5,000) and Stage 2 ($20,000) awards cover travel expenses related to attending an E-Teams workshop. Remaining funds may be used for expenses associated with furthering the innovation. Indirect Costs are not allowed. Awards are made to and managed by RIT, not to individual applicants.

How to apply

At least one week prior to submission, RIT Principal Investigators must complete a Proposal Routing Form (PRF) and obtain all required RIT approvals. Proposal Routing Forms are available here:

Student team members should read and understand RIT’s intellectual property policy for students before developing an application: and contact Bill Bond, Director of the Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer Office with questions or concerns. 

Proposals must follow all instructions as detailed in the program guidelines. During submission, all e-teams are required to obtain verifications of support from the Principal Investigator, Administrative Contact, and PI’s Department Chair.  

Failure to comply with these instructions may require applicants to wait for the next cycle to submit.   


Project Abstract Contents

In a document of no more than one page, include the following information: 

Personnel: Name the RIT Principal Investigator with contact information.  Name the RIT students, their programs of study, expected graduation dates, and project roles. At least two key members of the E-Team must be current RIT students during the life of the award. 

Narrative:  Describe the technology, its commercial potential, and project budget.



The above information is due to Charles Bush at by January 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.   E-Teams proposals are due to VentureWell by February 6, 2019.