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Virtual Job Fair Offers Hundreds of Employment Opportunities in Kansas Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland encourages jobseekers and employers searching for talent to take part in the final Virtual Statewide Job Fair of the year, hosted by KANSASWORKS, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 13. Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $15M Available to Connect Kansans to Digital Devices and Public Wi-Fi Governor Laura Kelly announced today that applications are open for the Advancing Digital Opportunities to Promote Technology (ADOPT) program. A total of $14.7 million in grant awards will be available to organizations addressing the challenges of broadband accessibility, affordability, and device availability. Governor Kelly Announces $28.5M for High-Speed Internet Infrastructure Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $28.5 million in grants were awarded to 12 entities through the Lasting Infrastructure and Network Connectivity (LINC) program. The LINC program provides strategic funding for crucial aspects of broadband connectivity to reduce the cost of internet service, increase availability, and improve performance. Governor Kelly Announces $5M to Expand Access to High-Speed Internet in Rural Kansas Communities Governor Laura Kelly today announced that $5 million has been awarded to eight internet service providers (ISPs) in the latest round of Broadband Acceleration Grants for 2023. The awards will be paired with an additional $6.6 million in matching funds, resulting in an investment of nearly $12 million for high-speed broadband access projects across 10 rural Kansas counties. View All


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Proof of Concept

Faculty Led Proof of Concept


Faculty Led POC funding is available for faculty-led projects to advance commercialization of innovative technology covered by an invention disclosure previously submitted to a Kansas institution of higher education. These awards will be made as grants with repayment obligations, to be repaid if successfully licensed by the university.

These funds are designed to act as a bridge to the next available level of substantial grants (e.g. NIH, SBIR) after an initial grant has been expended; or to fund adjacent research outside of the scope of a previous grant.

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • File an invention disclosure with the appropriate university TTO
  • Have clear technical or commercial objective to be achieved with POC funding
  • Be submitted through the appropriate TTO

POC funds can be used for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Technical Validation
  • Advanced Testing
  • Prototype development
  • Commercial Assessment
  • Other technology-focused activities

POC funds cannot be used for:

  • Salary costs of applicants or principal investigators
  • Fixed overhead costs
  • Previously incurred costs
  • To secure other funding opportunities (e.g. matching grants)
  • Research publication costs
  • Costs for securing intellectual property rights (e.g. patent costs)