USTAR UTAG Application Opens To Universities, Monday

Salt Lake City, UT– The Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative will open the second round of their University Technology Acceleration Grant (UTAG) program for applications on Monday, January 23. Letters of intent, which are not required, are due February 10 and submissions close February 23, 2017. UTAG is a competitive research grant program, available to individual researchers or ad-hoc teams employed by Utah colleges or universities, to advance the maturity of or de-risk technology that has been developed in university labs.

Applications must be submitted at

For information on rules and regulations, as well as forthcoming details, visit and select UTAG.

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New this round, USTAR’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Assistance Center (SSAC) will be offering three webinars to assist applicants on the application process. These are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23, 5-6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 26, 8:30-10 a.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 31, noon-1:30 p.m. Visit to register for the webinars.

“Our UTAG program funds critical steps in the process of taking a technology from an idea to market,” said Ivy Estabrooke, USTAR executive director. “The UTAG program allows USTAR to directly impact university projects across the state which are poised to advance Utah’s technology ecosystem and economic frontier.”

UTAG supports research and development of specific technologies that have significant commercial potential, but need additional development before they can be spun out from the university setting. This funding program is designed to addresses an innovation ecosystem gap between federal research dollars and angel investment.



The Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Initiative was established in 2006 through the leadership and vision of the Utah Legislature and the Governor to leverage science and technology innovation to expand and diversify the State’s economy. USTAR conducts its technology based economic development mission through a diverse portfolio of programs and services focused in the three areas: principal researchers, competitive grant programs and technology entrepreneurship services.

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