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Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator


Realizing the Full Potential of Harvard’s Promising Physical Science Research

Bridging the technology development gap

New technologies arising from university research are typically at a very early stage of development with unclear market potential.  As a result, companies and venture capitalists consider many of these promising, yet not fully validated ideas, as being too early for partnering and investment. Harvard's Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator provides not only the essential gap funding, but also the business expertise to help faculty navigate the complex path from concept to commercialization.

The objectives of the Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator are as follows:

  • To accelerate the development of nascent inventions conceived by Harvard faculty in the physical sciences and engineering

  • To maximize the value of these promising early-stage technologies for the benefit of the University and society through business formation and job creation

  • To educate the next generation of business leaders in technology entrepreneurship

  • To connect Harvard’s innovation ecosystem by building internal bridges between Schools and engaging with external industry and investors   

The submission period has closed for the 2020 funding cycle (PDF). The 2021 RFP will be released in early fall 2020, with a similar schedule.

Call for proposals

Could your research benefit from the Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator?

The 2021 RFP will be released in early fall 2020. For general information, view last year's guidelines (PDF), and check here in September for updated information.

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