This opportunity is closed.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS must contact Joel Bresler and include the required Commercialization Strategy discussion (up to one-half page).  Please review the required cover sheet and template found here before contacting Joel.  Joel will be out of the office 9/30/19-10/1/19, and as the deadline to contact him as now passed, he will do his best to review late submissions to him before the Acorn submission deadline.

ALL inventions must be disclosed to the Center for Research Innovation (CRI) on the CRI disclosure page here.

  • Internal: 09/26/2019
  • Proposal: 10/04/2019


  • Amount: $15,000
  • Duration: 3 months


The MA Acorn Innovation Fund is intended to support the demonstration of the viability of a technology developed at Massachusetts research universities. Awards could be used to further develop a prototype or to gather additional data to demonstrate proof of concept or to obtain data that shows how the technology compares to existing technologies and what the competitive advantages are.

The Acorn Awards are designed to fund small, rapidly accomplished projects. The aim of these small projects is to demonstrate the technology features such that additional proof of concept or commercialization funding can be obtained. Work must be completed within three months from the date of the award.

Please note that funds may not be used for the following:

  • basic research;
  • legal expenses to advance intellectual property protection;
  • publicity expenses (e.g., the development of marketing materials);
  • legal and other expenses of business formation and operation;
  • attendance at scientific conferences; and
  • purchase of computer or other unrelated equipment.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

To be eligible for an award, applicants must be a Principal Investigator at a Massachusetts research university with technology disclosed to their institution. By September 26, please contact Joel Bresler in the Center for Research Innovation (CRI) regarding any intended application, and include the required Commercialization Strategy discussion (up to one-half page).  Due to out of office commitments September 30 – October 1, any intended applicant must contact Joel no later than September 26.

Applications should be concise, yet complete in description. Reviewers with technical and business backgrounds will be carefully selected; however, they may not be familiar with your particular technology. Provide information that will enable them to judge the technical feasibility.Do not disclose any proprietary information. All finalists are expected to make a presentation by video conference to MTTC and external reviewers.

Mandatory Cover Page Information:

  • Date for NU Invention Disclosure required. Inventions may be disclosed on the CRI page here.  Inventions must be disclosed to the CRI no later than Monday, October 1, 2019.
  • University’s Technology Transfer Office name: Joel Bresler,, 617-373-7891

Contact Information

If you have any questions, contact Priya Yadav from the MTTC office at