Help bring meaningful technologies from promise to product

How POP Grants Work

The POP Grants program supports collaboration between UCI innovators, domain expert evaluators and donors to strengthen interdependent innovation and improve the chances of commercialization.


develops the technology


provides funding to advance the commercialization of the technology

External Domain Expert

recommends the use of funds to advance the commercialization of the technology

Program Dates

Currently accepting applications for: POP Grants Round 7 RFP

No longer accepting applications for: Anthem and Danaher Track Award RFP

POP Grants Round 6 dates: LINK 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

POP Grants Round 7

Request for Proposal issued

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

POP Grants Round 7

Letter of Intent (LOI) due

Monday, September 21, 2020

POP Grants Round 7

Proposals due

Friday, January 15, 2021

POP Grants Round 7

Awards announced

Monday, November 1, 2021

POP Grants Round 7

Award End Date

Accelerating the development of UCI's commercially promising technology.

Why Donate?

POP Grants domain expert evaluators and donors benefit from invaluable opportunities, which include:

Receiving up-to-date information about technology trends
Accessing new intellectual property, licensing opportunities and university expertise and resources
Actively making a difference by funding breakthrough technologies and life-changing innovations

Get Involved Today

You’re invited to take part in the commercialization of UCI discoveries designed to benefit humankind and positively impact our regional economy.

Financial Support

We receive more quality applications than we can accommodate. Financial support helps us build a sustainable pool of funds.

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Volunteer as an Expert Proposal Evaluator

We need domain experts to review applications for funding and provide valuable feedback to applicants. This is an essential element to the success of the POP Grants program.

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Past Awardees

To review past awardees, click here.

POP Grants Proposal Templates

We have created a sample proposal based off previous proposal reviewer feedback. Additionally, we have included a sample application that an investigator has graciously let us post online. This application was selected as an example of good grantsmanship and presentation of commercial potential, marketability, and budget breakdown.

Sample 1 – Mock Up

Sample 2 – Sample Proposal (Redacted content)


If you’d like more information on how you can become an expert evaluator, please contact Ronnie Hanecak at or (949) 824-7186.

Ronnie Hanecak, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Licensing