Veale Faculty/Staff Seed Grant Program

Veale Faculty/Staff Seed Grants are designed to provide support (up to $10,000) for faculty, staff or teams to create new initiatives or accelerate current efforts. These can include specific types of engagement efforts, research proposals and/or formal (course) or informal (workshop, speaker series, etc.) educational activities that advance the Veale Institute’s mission of fostering venture creation/commercialization, entrepreneurial learning and programming and communication. 

Application Process

Applications for the FY 2022-23 year are closed.


  • You must have the permission of your supervisor or department head to participate.
  • You must have a Conflict of Management plan on file.
  • You will be required to sign a Notice of Internal Funding Agreement outlining the project details, budget, milestones, and deliverables.
  • You will provide a presentation of final results at the end of the project period and a final report in writing
  • You cannot parcipate for 2 consecutive years, you must have a year off in between applications.

FY22 Seed Grantees

The Veale Institute supported 11 Veale Seed Grantees in their endeavors for fiscal year 2022. Read more about the projects selected as detailed:

Lead: Alex Balogh, Running-Backs Coach, Athletics Department    

This project will host a conference specifically geared towards student athletes. During an on campus conference, leaders and innovators in the sports industry will present on current opportunities or challenges they are facing (either via Zoom or in person) and students will have the opportunity to work together to create possible solutions. The goal of the conference is to inspire students to view sports as an ever evolving industry full of opportunities. 

Lead: Michael Folise, Adjunct Faculty/Distinguished Practitioner in Residence,  School of Law    

The Law School’s Intellectual Property Venture Clinic (IPVC) will maintain an "open office hours'' desk on the sixth floor of think[box] to assist students, faculty and alumni with patent, trademark, copyright and business formation issues. This project provides necessary services to inventors and entrepreneurs in monetizing their ideas and avoiding infringement, freedom to operate investigations, and more.

Lead: Dan Pendergast, Senior Director of Operations, Technology Transfer Office

The Technical Marketing Fellowship will give two students (one engineering and one biomedical) the opportunity to provide technical writing expertise for the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer offices. This role is responsible for the commercial support needed to educate external audiences regarding the value of assets arising from university research and how these solutions can create new business opportunities. 

Lead: Mindy Baierl, Senior Director, Corporate Relations & Strategic Projects

This project aims to explore Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) at CWRU. Developing relationships with CVCs has the potential to accelerate venture creation, deepen relationships with corporate partners, and increase sponsored research. Expanding corporate relationships to include CVCs will directly increase corporate funding at CWRU and corporate engagement on campus.

Lead: Cheryl Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine

The CWRU Translational Fellow Program (TFP) seeks to train individuals in entrepreneurship and the translation of innovation into commercial ventures by connecting them to programs and workshops around campus while protecting time for their entrepreneurial activities.  This program supports fellows interested in entrepreneurship and biomedical translation for one full calendar year. 

Lead: Katherine Gullett, Executive Director, Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD), School of Engineering    

CCIPD has a patent portfolio of 68 awarded patents with more on the way.  By better organizing and grouping their technologies, CCIPD will be able to more nimbly respond to translation opportunities. This project will create a relationship map of the technologies, as well as technology summary sheets that can be used when presenting to potential translation partners. 

Lead: Karen Oye, Librarian, Research Services, Kelvin Smith Library

This project represents a systematic way of approaching entrepreneurship research with varying degrees of concentration on markets and their industries, as well as companies and product development. Successful entrepreneurship projects require strong entrepreneurship literacy. An online resource for entrepreneurship will better aid students in developing their ideas into products and taking them to market. 

Lead: Erika Howard, Women in STEM Program Manager, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women’s (Mather Center) Start-Up Weekend for Women Entrepreneurs is a two-day entrepreneurship program that will engage women across CWRU and Northeast Ohio to provide tools to successfully develop their entrepreneurial mind set, launch their businesses, and expand their overall network. 

Lead: Tiffany McNamara, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Sears think[box]

This project will launch a design services program at think[box] that will provide engineering help for a start-up’s first design and prototype. Prototypes are an invaluable tool for start-ups as they refine their product and seek funding. With this service, start-ups will get to the prototyping phase faster and at a lower cost.