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Messages from the Executive Vice President

August 16, 2013

SPARK Grant Program

One of the goals you identified through the Strategic Refresh was “to become a world renowned destination for discovery and innovation.” In support of this, I am pleased to announce the formation of a SPARK Grant Program to help investigators move ideas into the earliest stages of commercialization and development.

Five grants will be awarded up to $30,000 each. A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs, business executives and expert senior faculty and staff will serve on the review committee.

Guidelines for the submission of applications are posted on Health Center Express. Applications are due on Thursday, September 12, by 5 p.m. Questions, as well as submissions, should be sent to


Frank M. Torti
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine