2019-2020 Prototype Funding Application
Submission Deadline01/16/2020

Buerk Center Prototype Funding Application 2019-2020

Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have funding available to teams that are entering the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge and/or the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge this year to help with creating a physical model, object, or device.

Student teams are invited to apply for funds that can be used to purchase materials or components, or rent equipment necessary for demonstrating the team idea. Funds are NOT available to pay team members or consultants.

There are multiple application deadlines (only apply once). Award notifications will go out approximately 1-2 weeks after each deadline.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, by 12 noon
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, by 12 noon 

Applicants will select which competition(s) they are requesting funding for. If the team is awarded and accepts funds, they must commit to entering one or more of the Buerk Center innovation challenges. Funds are provided in the form of a debit card that is available for teams with students from the state of Washington.

Be brief.  There are word limits.  This application should take about 60 minutes to complete. You may start, save, and return. 
Note: This is not your application to a Buerk Center competition.

Prototype funding may NOT be used for:

Business cards
3-D printers
Paying team members or consultants
Legal or other professional fees 

Awards generally are between $500 and $2,500, although other requests will be considered. All expenditures must be accounted for with receipts and the Buerk Center spending log, which will be provided.

Information you will need to complete this application:

  • Current student team member’s information. (We understand this may change.)
  • Description of the problem you are attempting to solve.
  • Description of the solution you are proposing.
  • Description of the prototype you will build to demonstrate your solution.
  • A budget estimate to build your prototype. Changes are expected but any major changes must be approved by the competition manager (contact info below).

Expense Report Deadlines

Teams that are eliminated in the Screening Round don’t need to reimburse money already spent, but your debit account will be closed and no additional funds may be used. Expense logs and original receipts must be delivered to the Buerk Center within 5 days after having been notified that you have not made it into the final competition. If you have questions or concerns, call or email the competition manager.

Teams that make it into the Final Round of the competition they applied to may not incur expenses past the final day of that competition (see Finalist dates below). Your debit account will be closed the end of that day. Expense logs and original receipts are due back to the Buerk Center within 5 days.

From time to time the Buerk Center may have additional funds available.  If you find that you need additional funding to build your prototype, send the budget info and a short explanation to the competition manager, or call.  Your request will be considered. 

Entry and Final Event Dates for the Competitions 

Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge
Enter by February 10, 2020
Finalists at Challenge on March 5, 2020
Contact Terri Butler | 206-685-5538 | tlbutler@uw.edu

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge
Enter by February 18, 2020
Finalists at Challenge on April 2, 2020
Contact Lauren Brohawn | 206-685-3813 |  brohal@uw.edu

Questions? Contact the competition manager or email uwbuerk@uw.edu.

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