Travel Grant Competition

The Innovation and Research Engagement Office is bridging the gap between academia and industry.


The Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) works with students, faculty and staff to position WSU’s creative, scholarly and technical assets in ways that maximize impact and return value to our state and national stakeholders. In celebration of 2019’s Research Week, we are inviting you to submit a project proposal that communicates your innovative product/idea and its potential impact in key companies.


Two teams or individuals will be awarded with a $2,500 travel grant and receive administrative support from IREO to initiate contact and develop strategic, industrial partnerships with desired companies. The funding will help supplement travels in CY 2020 to pursue sponsored research partnerships.


Application Guidelines
Applicants are required to submit a written proposal and deliver a 5-minute presentation. Awards will be judged based on the scale of the problem and perceived business value of the solution. We encourage faculty, post-docs, research scientists, and graduate students to participate in this competition.
The proposal must contain the following components:

  • Background: Please include description(s) of the individual and/or team working on this project, including disciplinary expertise. (1500 characters, maximum of 5 profiles.)
  • Problem statement: Please define the problem you’re attempting to solve, and what solutions you are proposing. What is novel about your approach? How is this different from the current process? (2000 words max)
  • Approach: List and briefly describe conferences, tradeshows, and/or companies of interest including dates and locations, if available. (Title plus 1200 characters. 3 entries max)
  • Partnership Contacts: Please list any prior engagements or contacts with industry here; include project titles and abstracts, where possible. We will NOT contact anyone without your explicit involvement or introduction.


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Frequently Asked Questions?
Send an e-mail to with subject title “IREO Research Week Competition” for more information about the competition.

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