The UCLA Life Sciences Centennial Campaign Board announces its second competition for the Life Sciences Innovation Award. This award aims to propel basic science discoveries, in any area of life sciences, towards translational research and eventual commercialization. Proposals are being accepted through June 15th, and award recipients will be announced on July 1st.

Categories of Awards

Faculty Award: $75,000
Graduate Student Award: $10,000

Awards will support a 12-month research project, and will allow for wide latitude in the use of funds, with the exclusion of equipment. This year, we anticipate funding one faculty and two graduate student awards.

Guidelines for Application (Two Components)

I. Proposal (2-page maximum, 10 pt font, 1-inch margins):

  • Title
  • PI(s) and affiliation (Students must include signature of sponsor)
  • Executive summary (250 words)
  • Project description, including list of specific aims, methods, time to completion, and the metrics for determining whether the aim was achieved.
  • Rationale: A brief summary of the unmet need and potential commercial application.  How does the proposed technology compare to currently available technologies or those in development?
  • Impact of project:  significance of project and impact on progress towards IP and/or translation
  • Proposed budget and how funds will be utilized.

II. CV or Biosketch (NSF or NIH format) for PI, Student, and Faculty sponsor


  • PI and faculty sponsor must have at least a portion of a salaried FTE in Life Sciences
  • Project teams may include non-faculty positions (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, or staff) that sign the UC Patent Policy.
  • Project will develop a project so that it will enter the pipeline towards commercialization
  • Must agree to a final report that will include: status of research and progress to date; publications enabled by award; progress towards patent and milestone; financial report.

Please note there is also a Call for proposals to the UCLA Innovation Fund, which is a campus-wide partnership between the Technology Development Group, David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Health, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College Divisions of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences to advance therapeutics, medical devices/diagnostics, and digital health technologies across campus.  If you have initiated ongoing activity for which you have filed for Intellectual property and have evidence of potential for commercialization, you can submit to that Call.  The Life Science Innovation Fund is intended to encourage development of projects that can move into that pipeline.

Proposed Timeline

May – Announcement of Call
June 15 – Deadline for submission of proposals (email attachments to:
July – Announcement of Awardees

Committee judging applications will include representatives of UCLA life science faculty, Life Science Centennial Board, Office of Intellectual Property, and Biotech industry.