DIAL Grant Pilot Program 2018

Data, Informatics & Application Launch (DIAL™) Grant Pilot Program: FY 2017-18

The UC Davis Data, Informatics & Application Launch (DIAL) [1] Grant Program is a pilot funding program available in the 2017-18 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.  Key features of the DIAL grant program include 1) feedback to all applicants and 2) an active mentoring component for applicants.  More information about last year’s DIAL program can be found in the 2017-18 STAIR-DIAL Grant Executive Summary.  A list of previous award winners can be found here.

In 2016-17, a total of $56,547 in DIAL Grant monies was awarded to fund three different proposals.  In 2017-18, two applicants were awarded funding, with maximum allowable funding of $20,000 per successful DIAL grant recipient.

The 2017-18 DIAL Grant award recipients are:

  • Abhijit Chaudhari, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine:  Development and Validation of a Texture Analysis Plugin for OsiriX
  • Maurice Pitesky, Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Department of Population Health & Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine:  Linking Poultry Food Safety, Production Efficiency, Poultry Welfare and the Internet of Things via a Novel Web-App

Applications were accepted beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2018.  Venture Catalyst hosted information sessions during the application window; the Information Session page provides a link to the information session presentation.  The application deadline was Monday, March 12, 2018.

Venture Catalyst has entered into agreements with several partners to expand potential funding available to particular technologies through the STAIR and DIAL Grant programs.  Partners include Technology Acceleration Partners (TechAccel, LLC–focused on agriculture and animal health); Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV–focused on breakthroughs in energy technology); and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca.  More details about the partners and the specific technology areas can be found here.

Questions about the program can be directed to dialgrant@ucdavis.edu.

Go to STAIR Grant Program

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