The UC Davis Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) Grant Program, now in its second year (FY 2014-2015), is managed by the Venture Catalyst unit and funded by the Office of Research.
The objective of the program is to provide targeted funding to support translational science and innovative research performed by UC Davis researchers, with the intent of demonstrating early proof-of-concept and commercial potential and/or feasibility for technologies being developed at UC Davis for potential commercial translation. Examples of outcomes that might be realized from availability of such research results include: development of research or commercial prototypes; generation of translational data that would not have been funded by traditional research grants; patent claims enablement; and enablement of more competitive SBIR/STTR grant applications by a subsequent startup that benefits from license rights to the underlying technologies.
The program seeks to stimulate entrepreneurial engagement by university researchers with potential for local and
regional economic impact.