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AUBURN RESEARCHERS HAVE BIG IDEAS that can improve our lives and boost our economy. You can help them bridge the gap between ideas and reality. You can help LAUNCH Auburn’s research into the marketplace for something greater.

Launch the Future

Launch the future

In academic research, there’s a place known as the “Valley of Death.” It’s the gap—which sometimes feels like an abyss—between basic research and a viable product. It can be a graveyard for great ideas and real solutions. The only way to bridge this gap and move research into the marketplace is through funding. You can help Auburn Research catapult brilliant ideas into the commercial arena, positively impacting our economy and our society.

LAUNCH: The Fund for Research Innovation at Auburn University is designed to accelerate the best research and ideas into real products in the marketplace. LAUNCH is for innovative research projects that are likely to impact the regional economy and workforce development. It’s for projects that hold promise for generating additional sources of revenue for Auburn, with the goal of reinvesting those revenues to expand additional research efforts, year after year.

Help Auburn Research catapult brilliant ideas into the commercial arena.

Maximum Impact

When fully funded as a $10-million endowment, LAUNCH will generate approximately $400,000 each year for research grants. The grant process is designed to select and encourage those projects with the greatest promise for success and economic development:

Projects will be invited from all colleges and schools at Auburn and selected through a competitive process. This process will identify such attributes as market potential and technology readiness.
Funding will be linked to accountability and progress toward project milestones. Technical, financial, and management mentoring will be made available to promote the success of those project teams selected for funding.

NOTE: Once projects make it through the LAUNCH Fund and into the marketplace, donors to the fund are eligible to invest in these technologies. However, donors to the LAUNCH Fund retain no rights to revenue, royalties, or equity through their gifts to the LAUNCH Fund.

Your gift can accelerate the most competitive solutions from idea to reality.

Fuel Innovation

Fuel Innovation

Launch - The Fund for Research Innovation at Auburn University

Auburn experts are tackling the really big issues, the ones discussed on the evening news every night. They are determined to make the next discovery, find a breakthrough, and make it work.

This high-quality, competitive research and scholarly activity—particularly activity that demonstrates real impact—will help move Auburn into the top tier of research institutions. The Auburn University Research Advisory Board saw the importance of recognizing high achievers and recently recommended establishing the Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award.

The Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award recognizes an energetic, enthusiastic faculty member who has:

  • Distinguished him- or herself through research and scholarly activity.
  • Advanced Auburn’s research and scholarship mission.
  • Significantly impacted his or her field of study through extraordinary scholarship and/or notable research findings.

Boost Impact

When fully funded as a $625,000 endowment, award recipients will receive $25,000 to further support his or her lab, research, and scholarly activity.

Faculty researchers at Auburn University have big goals. They want to ensure the safety and production of America’s food supply. They want to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources. They want to keep America’s workforce globally competitive. They want to protect the country’s cyber assets and networks. They want to find a cure for cancer.

The scope and breadth of their goals are matched only by their energy, enthusiasm, and expertise. Your support of this award, recognized as Auburn’s most prestigious for research and scholarship, strengthens the activity of proven faculty who uncover new knowledge, foster innovation and economic development, and improve lives every single day.

Your support rewards and promotes the best research and scholarly activity at Auburn.

Support Auburn Research, Give Today

Your gift to Auburn Research has the potential for exponential return on investment. By supporting research, your contribution directly impacts students, faculty, facilities, and programs at Auburn University. Auburn Research has the potential to improve the economy, advance technology and knowledge, and change the world. This promise, coupled with your support, can build something greater.

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