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NCIIA awards over half a million dollars in latest grants round
May 4, 2011

May 4, 2011 – Our friends at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) have announced over $500,000 in new grants to support 27 technology innovation and entrepreneurship projects at 22 universities across the US.

Thirteen E-Team grants and fourteen Course and Program grants were awarded for a total of $582,950. Advanced E-Team grants support commercial outcomes by moving student's technology innovations from the idea stage to prototype and eventually to market. Course and Program grants are awarded to colleges and universities to improve existing programs or build new programs in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship.

Annually, NCIIA awards $2 million to support university-led technology entrepreneurship, funding that has resulted in the launch of more than 100 ongoing student-originated ventures.

About the NCIIA

The NCIIA achieves positive and sustainable social and environmental impact through technological innovation by providing end-to-end service grants, mentoring and other experiential resources to higher education institutions. With support from The Lemelson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student entrepreneurs each year, leveraging their respective campuses as working laboratories and incubators for businesses and ultimately helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization. For more information, please visit