Three research projects that have great potential to be successful in the marketplace have received grants through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences program designed to spur innovation. The Research Applications for INnovation Grants program — known as RAIN grants — provides financial support that enables researchers in the college to realize the commercial potential of ongoing research projects.
Awardees for this year demonstrate the breadth of the college’s research, representing projects in food safety, human health and plant science. The one-year grants can be as much as $75,000.
Since 2013, the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and the Office for Research and Graduate Education have awarded more than $1 million in RAIN grants to 16 projects showing commercial potential.
The program also offers recipients intensive support from the college’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation professionals, who connect researchers to the innovation network at Penn State, including the Office of Technology Management, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Invent Penn State, and when appropriate, an advisory board of industry leaders.
“Our RAIN program demonstrates a history of cultivating and supporting winning projects,” said Gary Thompson, associate dean for research and graduate education, who was instrumental in establishing the grant program. “The technologies funded by our program are impactful and solve real problems. The College of Agricultural Sciences has been an innovator within the university, and our RAIN program has been a catalyst for similar programs in other colleges.”
Read more about the awardees here.