Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) Grant: FY 2016-17

**Information session materials can be found here**

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

Managed by Venture Catalyst and funded by the UC Davis Office of Research, the purpose of the Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR[1]) Grant program is to provide funding to UC Davis researchers to support translational science and innovative research, enabling demonstration of early proof-of-concept and commercial potential or feasibility for technologies being developed with the intent of commercial translation. View the 2015-16 STAIR Grant Executive Summary for a description of the program and the selection process.

In its first three years, the STAIR Grant program awarded a total of over $625,000 to 13 awardees (see list of previous winners here). Now in its fourth year, the program will make available up to $50,000 per successful proposal, with a total of $250,000 available for program year FY 2016-17.

Key features provided by the STAIR program 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.  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 in the STAIR Grant program.

If you are a UC Davis researcher and are interested in applying, please download the STAIR 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 is posted under the “UC Davis Administered Programs” (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:

  • STAIR 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 2 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 Session page.

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

Go to DIAL Grant Program

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

[2] The STAIR 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.