The Bear Cub Fund, now known as the LEAP Program, was initiated by the Vice Chancellor for Research to support faculty in translational studies not normally supported by federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other sources. The LEAP Program is now run by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The LEAP Program has moved to a four-month process repeating three times yearly, allowing for faster results for applicants and greater flexibility in participation. The program is open to all Washington University inventors with invention disclosures on file with OTM. LEAP Program offers the following:
- Up to $250,000 in tranched awards annually
- In-kind services from the Skandalaris Center, OTM, CRIB, and BioGenerator including, but not limited to, SBIR/STTR assistance, IP analysis, and mentorship
- Training and skills sessions for translating academic research to commercialization
- One-on-one assistance in developing investor pitches and executive summaries
- Participation in a networking event hosting local investors, entrepreneurs, and community members
ICTS has been established through major funding from the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program. The Institute is comprised of 15 key programs that will support the following specific aims:
- Provide the infrastructure, resources and services needed to stimulate and facilitate the performance of outstanding, safe and ethical interdisciplinary research
- Create a centralized home for Clinical and Translational Research Training and Career Development Programs for multiple disciplines
- Establish inter-institutional partnerships for clinical research and training with community, academic health care and industrial organizations in the St. Louis region
For more information, please visit the ICTS website.
Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Skandalaris Center is a cross-campus and community-wide initiative serving students and faculty in seven schools at the university. Their goal is to ignite entrepreneurial interest and foster a collaborative learning environment and open discussion of ideas. All ideas are welcome, whether in business, science, law, art, architecture, engineering, medicine or social work. With few exceptions, Skandalaris Center programs are open to all and provide many free opportunities for students and faculty to connect with and learn from each other.
Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic
The Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property (EIP) Clinic offers business and transactional legal advice and services to new and emerging nonprofit and qualifying for-profit organizations. [prospective clients]
Under the supervision of experienced transactional and intellectual property attorneys, student attorneys work directly with entrepreneurial organizations serving our community. [prospective students]