Proof of Concept

Program Outline
Application Procedure
On Going POC Projects

OIST POC Program

The OIST Proof of Concept (POC) Program is an internal, competitive funding program that is designed to help bridge the technical and funding gap between lab discoveries and commercialization, thereby enhancing the impact of OIST research on society. This pilot POC program is specifically customized for OIST to accommodate its unique nature, stage of development and the specific environment in which it resides. The POC program is expected to support the mission of OIST to contribute to the self-sustaining development of Okinawa.

 

The OIST Proof of Concept Program provides:

Competitive, short term funding to carry out focused experiments

The aim of these experiments is to produce data demonstrating the feasibility of a technology or product concept to enhance technology transfer to industry.

Mentoring by External Innovation Experts from around the world

An External Innovation Expert (EIE) will be assigned to each projects to provide technical guidance and overall mentorship.

Market Intelligence Support

Projects will have access to market surveys targeted to the field of use of the technology for future planning and strategy.

Opportunities for professional development of researchers

Researchers participating in POC projects will have access to entrepreneurship education resources at OIST to lay the path towards commercialization success.learn about the innovation process acquiring knowledge and skills that will be useful throughout their careers.

Hands-on guidance in technology development research

POC Program staff will provide hands-on guidance to Program participants.

The program brings together OIST inventor(s) who have detailed knowledge of the technology, staff of the Technology Development & Innovation Center at OIST who manage and coordinate the POC Program, and external innovation experts with knowledge and experience in early stage technology commercialization.

 

Program Outline

The POC Program is structured into two phases: Phase I Feasibility and Phase II Scale Up.

  • PHASE I supports project that aim to establish the feasibility of a technology in a commercial context. In this phase, researchers are validating a concept or developing an initial prototype. Phase I projects receive up to ¥10M for 12 months.
  • PHASE II is aimed at scaling up technologies that have already been validated in the lab. In this phase, researchers are exploring potential markets and developing technologies towards specific commercial applications. Phase II projects can be funded for up to 24 months (12 months with the possibility of renewal for an additional 12 months) and receive up to ¥40M

Structure of POC Phases

Request for Proposals (RFP) are published inviting qualified applicants to apply to the Program. Each selected POC project should contain defined steps and a tangible set of milestones that would overcome an identifiable hurdle in advancing an invention towards commercialization.

A successful POC project will enable an invention to become more attractive for:

(1) Industry collaboration;

(2) Licensing to an existing company; or

(3) Enabling the formation of a start-up company that will further develop and   commercialize the invention.

 

Projects solicited under the OIST POC Program may include:

  • Building of a prototype or second iteration prototype to prepare for commercialization
  • Commercial feasibility or scale-up tests
  • Work to demonstrate the mitigation of risk for potential licensees
  • Work to address a specific gap identified by industry that impairs the ability to license or attract investors

Other work to enhance the proof of concept of the intellectual property

 


 

Application Procedure 

Two-Step Application Submission Process

There is a two-step application process. The process is the same for Phase I and Phase II: Letter of Intent and Full Proposal.

STEP 1: Letter of Intent

All Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent. Based on the Letter of Intent, Applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal. Applicants must use the POC Letter of Intent Form to submit their Letter of Intent. The POC Letter of Intent Form can be found here: https://groups.oist.jp/tdic/proof-concept

STEP 2: Full Proposal (by invitation only)

Applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by POC Program Staff. At that time, Applicants will be notified whether they will submit a proposal for Phase I or Phase II. A Full Proposal Form specific to Phase I or Phase II will only be sent to those who have been invited.

Applicants can consult with POC Program Staff for guidance on preparing their applications. Email poc@oist.jp for assistance.

 

Key Dates and Submission Email

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL PUBLISHED April 10, Monday 2017
LETTER OF INTENT DUE DATE May 12, Friday 2017 (by 5:00 p.m. JST)
FULL PROPOSAL INVITATION May 22~
FULL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE July 21, Friday 2017 (by 5:00 p.m. JST)
NOTIFICATION OF AWARD August - September 2017
PROJECT END DATE 31 March, 2019
ADDRESS TO SEND LETTER OF INTENT

Documents & Forms


On Going POC Projects

The OIST Proof of Concept Program is a systematic way to enhance the commercial value of intellectual property and technology developed at OIST. In addition to funding, program participants are offered a suite of services to help them advance their research discoveries towards commercialization. Industry experts from around the world are matched one-to-one with each project to act as mentors. Projects Managers from the Technology Licensing and Business Development Sections provide industry, market intelligence, and ensure that projects receive the necessary resources to meet their milestones. Educational seminars on entrepreneurship, business, and product development supplement the participants' professional development. This suite of services is unique to the OIST POC Program and is not provided by other POC Programs in Japan or around the world.

  YEAR PROJECT TITLE PI AREA

 

2015
Production of low cost solar cells

Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit

Prof. Yabing Qi

Solar Energy

 

2015
Smart gas sensors based on nanowires

Nanoparticles by Design Unit

Prof. Mukhles Sowwan

Environmental Sensor

2015
Peptide for treatment of Alzheimer's Disease

Cell Signal Unit

Prof. Tadashi Yamamoto

Drug Development

2015
Microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment

Biological Systems Unit

Prof. Igor Goryanin

Wastewater Treatment

2015
In vitro synthesis of biomedical-grade cellulose

Marine Genomics Unit

Prof. Noriyuki Satoh

Materials Science

2016
Laser stimulated nanoparticle drug delivery system

Neurobiology Research Unit

Prof. Jeff Wickens

Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit

Prof. Keshav Dani

Drug Delivery

2016
Biosensors based on nanowires

Nanoparticles by Design Unit

Prof. Mukhles Sowwan

Medical Diagnostic

2016
Microbial fuel cells for bioethanol production

Biological Systems Unit

Prof. Goryanin

Biochemical Production

2016
Process, instruments for large-area perovskite solar cells

Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit

Prof. Yabing Qi

Solar cells

2016
Microfluidic pump utilizing a novel magnetic coupling

Mathematical Soft Matter Unit

Prof. Eliot Fried

Biomedical Engineering

2016
Privacy management architecture for big data

Integrated Open Systems Unit

Prof. Hiroaki Kitano

Biomedical Informatics
2016
Localized surface plasmon resonance platform for biomedical sensors

Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit

Prof. Amy Shen

Medical Diagnosis

The Proof-of-Concept Program is supported by the OIST Technology Development and Innovation Center