The Cohen Translational Engineering Fund

The Cohen Translational Engineering fund, available to Whiting School of Engineering faculty and made possible by a generous commitment from Neil Cohen ’83 and his wife, Sherry, is aimed at providing faculty with the critical early funding needed to focus on the first steps of translation. It will underwrite the cost of two to three months of expenses.

The fund supports the initial stage of innovation that moves research out of the laboratory, including the development of new WSE patents, and a range of critical needs—from materials and supplies to graduate student stipends and tuition. 

Application Process:

  1. Before applying, please reach out to the Commercialization Strategy Group.
  2. Applications from WSE faculty are submitted to the Office of the Dean. Applications must be submitted online.
  3. To be considered for a Cohen Translational Engineering Fund grant, your project must meet the following criteria:
    1. It must be formally disclosed to Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and assigned an invention disclosure number (e.g. C12345).
    2. The invention must not be the subject of any pre-existing exclusive licenses, non-exclusive licenses, or options.
  4. Applications must include the following information:
    1. Description of the invention. Describe the specific problem you are trying to solve, and a technical description of your solution. Additional information should include the size of the potential market in terms of number of units, the average cost per unit (which can be used to compute the total market size), and an estimated annual growth rate of these numbers.
    2. Research plan. Describe the general research plan, including materials to be purchased and the work to be accomplished. Please also include detailed milestones, with an amount of time and estimated funding associated with each milestone.
    3. Provide a budget that includes materials and labor costs associated with the research plan. Please note that if the research plan is slated to be conducted during the regular academic year, you may not include faculty salary support.
    4. Translational plan. Describe the next steps necessary to bring the technology to market, being as specific as possible. Identify potential commercial partners if possible, or additional funding sources you intend to pursue once the research plan is concluded.
  5. Once your application is submitted, please expect to receive an email within 48 hours acknowledging receipt of your application.
  6. After your application is evaluated, the Commercialization Strategy Group will contact you within a month to discuss any refinements to your application that are needed. Your application will be evaluated according to these criteria.
  7. If your application for funding is approved, you will meet with the Homewood Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialization on a monthly basis to discuss your progress.

For further information, please contact the Commercialization Strategy Group.

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