Chancellor's Gap Fund

The Goal of the CHancellor's Gap Funds is To promote an increase in the quantity and quality of  research Discoveries that can be translated into Commercial opportunities That Can impact people's lives.

Chancellor Gallagher has provided $1M for funding research projects where key proof of concept experiments and data can make a significant difference to the commercial and social impact of a technology, idea or innovation.

Approximately 3-5 awards of $25,000 to $75,000 per Cycle will be granted.

The current round of gap funding is now closed.  Please fill out the form on this page to express your interest in future funding rounds.


September 24, 2021

An initial application must be submitted by September 24, 2021. The initial applications will be assessed and a group of applicants will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal. Download this guidance document for help in completing the Expression of Interest.


Proposals must be the original work of the proposer and will be subject to review at the Innovation Institute, by a group of Pitt faculty who will decide which proposals will be asked to prepare a fuller application for funds. Full applications will be adjudicated by an external Advisory Panel.

Semifinalists, who will be asked to submit a more detailed application for funds for assessment by an external advisory panel, will be notified the week of October 11 or shortly after. These more detailed submissions should be submitted no later than 5 p.m., December 20, 2021. There may be a requirement for some Q&A on the funding applications and in most cases, it is planned that this will be undertaken via email. Notification of funding will be made by late January 2022.


We are accepting applications from full-time Pitt faculty at all campuses.

Previous applicants of the Expression of Interest form or those who previously submitted full proposals are eligible to apply for funding one additional time. The expectation is that you would have made significant technical or commercial progress since your previous submission. If you are uncertain whether to apply in this round, please contact Dr. Peter Allen ( who will endeavor to assist you in making the appropriate determination.


For those looking to improve their commercial case, we recommend participating in the First Gear program and reapplying to the Chancellor’s Gap Fund in a future funding round – there will be a subsequent round starting in Spring 2022. The next First Gear cohort will be in early 2022 – contact Paul Petrovich for details (



If you have further questions, please contact Peter Allen, Executive Director of Innovation and Strategy, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at

Expressions of Interest are now closed. Complete the form below to be notified of future funding rounds.