Industry Relations and Technology Transfer

Funding Opportunities

Financial support is critical to developing discoveries into lifesaving products and services. Funding opportunities available from the Center and external organizations include: 

Synergy Technology Fund

The Synergy Technology Fund provides short-term support for specific research projects considered to be of commercial value, but are too early to attract a licensing partner or venture funding. The fund, which was established when the New Technology Development Fund merged with the Synergy Fund in July 2013, will be used to develop additional data and a more thorough plan for development of the research project.


Must be Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Faculty Members. Staff scientists and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply if they provide a letter of support from their PIs.

Award Amount

Amounts are open. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Funding will be determined based on the objective(s) to be achieved.

Review and Decision Process

Applications will be reviewed and decisions made by a committee of FHCRC faculty members and industry experts serving as external advisors. The committee will receive additional input from the Industry Relations and Technology Transfer Office as appropriate. Consideration will be given to:

  • Potential commercial value and/or public benefit
  • Work accomplished to date
  • Specific aims (definable milestones)
  • Proprietary position
  • Impact of the technology
  • Impact of funding (Will the money be enough to make a difference?)
  • Technical risk
  • Other sources of funding and associated obligations

Project Eligibility

Funding awards are for the continued development of existing intellectual property.

Application Instructions

Applicants should complete the two page application for the Synergy Technology Fund.


Fred Hutch Translational Research Funds

Hartwell Innovation Fund
The Hartwell Innovation fund supports innovative and high-risk, high-reward activities that may be difficult to fund through government grants or that need immediate support.
Contact: Angela Bush, (206) 667-7291 or

Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)  
Fred Hutch faculty members are eligible to apply for ITHS awards, which support the development of new medical products and increased research capacity in communities.
Visit the ITHS website for more information.

Faculty can learn more about these and additional Center Funding Opportunities on CenterNet.

External Funding Sources

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Grants
These federal grants encourage research and development through collaboration between federally funded agencies and small businesses.

Life Sciences Discovery Fund
The Life Sciences Discovery Fund supports innovative research and development that promotes life sciences competitiveness, enhances economic vitality and improves health and health care in Washington state.

Washington Research Foundation

The Washington Research Foundation supports commercialization efforts at Washington universities and nonprofit institutions by providing gifts and grants in support of research and other endeavors.

Because of the complexity and unique work involved with forming a startup company, inventors should contact IRTTO as soon as possible to discuss new inventions.