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Governor Kelly Announces $14M Capital Investment Creating 110 Jobs in Wellington Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Elite Harness is investing $14 million, creating 110 new jobs, in Wellington. Elite Harness will refurbish an existing facility into a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. Commerce Announces $4.1M Available in Tax Credits Program Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced $4.1 million in tax credits once again will be made available under the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP). Commerce Grants Available for Rural Mural and Public Art Projects The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced a total of $75,000 is available for a new round of Rural Mural and Public Art program funding. The program helps rural communities design engaging new art that improves the local aesthetic – making the community more appealing not only for those who live there but for potential new businesses and residents as well. Kansas awarded nearly $1 million from USDA to assist with rural digital divide The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) has been awarded nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service through its new Broadband Technical Assistance (BTA) grant program. The $997,000 grant will fund pre-engineering design studies in six rural Kansas counties to help reduce costs and identify avoidable barriers as broadband is deployed there. 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)