Applications due March 4 for Health Sciences & Technology commercialization fellows program

From the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology

Graduate and postdoctoral students who study or conduct research in health sciences and technology areas at Virginia Tech may now apply for the Health Sciences and Technology Commercialization Fellows Program for 2020.

Organizers will select up to six graduate students or postdocs from across Virginia Tech to participate. The Fellows Program is a part of an Office of Health Sciences and Technology initiative that utilizes Virginia Tech and regional resources to assist with research commercialization. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

By the program conclusion, selected individuals must demonstrate their knowledge through a process of identifying a commercial idea, researching it with the support of a mentor, and presenting preliminary findings about the value proposition and market potential of the idea to a panel of entrepreneurs. Applicants are not required to have a commercial idea related to their research at the time of application.

The program is closely linked with the Roanoke-based RAMP (Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program) in Residence program for high-potential startup companies. Fellows will participate in the same “boot camp” program as individuals from RAMP accelerator companies. To facilitate interactions, Fellows will have office space in the Gill Building that houses the RAMP cohort companies. The Fellows Program will begin with a brief orientation in March and end in December, with a time commitment of no more than four hours a week, with the exception of the Boot Camp training program. 

Potential applicants who want to learn more about the Fellows Program are invited to attend a presentation by three of the 2019 Fellows from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Room 3012 of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, 2 Riverside Circle, in Roanoke. 

Lunch will be provided and registration is required. To apply to the program, complete the information requested in the application.

Please confirm that your supervisor agrees to your participation and indicate that on your application. Questions, please contact Hal Irvin or Taryn Luoma