Data, Informatics & Application Launch (DIAL™) Grant Pilot Program: FY 2016-17

**Information session materials can be found here**

**Application deadline extended to Tuesday, March 14, 2017.**

The UC Davis Data, Informatics & Application Launch (DIAL) [1] Grant Program is a pilot funding program available in the 2016-17 fiscal year, funded by the Office of Research under the State of California’s AB-2664 legislative initiative and managed by UC Davis Venture Catalyst. While the program may be offered in subsequent years, it is currently being offered and managed as a one-time pilot program.

The objective of the DIAL Grant Program is to provide targeted funding to support translational science and innovative research performed by UC Davis researchers, with the intent of demonstrating commercial potential, proof-of-concept or other outcomes that improve or clarify the commercialization risk profile for data, information science or software and related applications being developed at UC Davis. Examples of outcomes that might be realized from availability of research results or outcomes enabled by this program include development of software, algorithms, code, program prototypes or translational data that would not have been funded by traditional research grants, with the objective of de-risking a commercial product, service or platform, or substantially enabling critical steps towards commercialization of a program, product or service.

Key features provided by both the STAIR and DIAL grant programs are 1) feedback to all applicants and 2) an active mentoring component for finalists and awardees.  All applicants receive summarized comments from written reviews and in-person review discussions.  Mentors from industry volunteer their time to advise finalists and award winners throughout the term of the award.  In the case of the STAIR Grant program, this advice has helped support finalists and awardees to meet milestones, adjust milestones if necessary, and increase competitiveness of future grant applications.  As a direct result of this mentoring, previous finalists have won awards in subsequent years.

If you are a UC Davis researcher and are interested in applying, please download the program RFP, application form, invitation to self-identify (demographic information), and detailed application instructions here.

Completed applications must be submitted through the Research Funding Opportunities website (Kerberos login required) of the Office of Research at The announcement can be found in the “UC Davis Administered Programs” section (select this option on the right-hand side of the landing page). Applicants must upload all four required documents listed below to the Research Funding Opportunities website in pdf format:

  • DIAL Grant application form[2]
  • Research Plan (3 pages maximum; a fourth page may additionally be utilized solely for supporting figures, images, or charts)
  • Budget, Milestones and Timelines document (up to two pages)
  • Biographical sketches for all key personnel (two pages or less preferred)

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Materials from the STAIR/DIAL Grant information sessions can be found on the information sessions page.

If you are a UC Davis researcher interested in being added to the DIAL Grant email list, or have any questions about the program, please send an email to

Go to STAIR Grant Program

[1] DIAL is a trademark of The Regents of the University of California.

[2] The DIAL Grant application form is an Adobe fillable form, which can be completed using Adobe Reader. Save the form to your computer before entering information into the form fields. (Entries made in the form while it is in the browser will not save.) Follow the instructions provided in the Detailed Instructions guidance document available for download.