About the AVF

The Academic Venture Fund (AVF) is ACSF's incubator for the next generation of sustainable solutions. The AVF seeds original, multidisciplinary research that is not likely to find funding elsewhere because the projects are novel, risky, need early data to establish traction, or involve new teams working together. The projects have real potential to involve external partners in industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations. This competitive fund is growing. In 2014, it funded a record $1.4 million, a 50 percent increase. 

The Academic Venture Fund is supported by generous contributions from David and Patricia Atkinson, Kathleen Marble, and the colleges.

External Collaborations

  • The Academic Venture Fund is intended for projects based at Cornell that have the potential to engage parties beyond campus. Interested external organizations or people should contact David Dieterich (ACSF Executive in Residence).

Reporting Guidelines for PI's

2015 Funding Cycle

The Center invites proposals for its next Academic Venture Fund program:

  • Request for Proposals (PDF): outlines the process
  • Proposals (due March 23, 2015):
  • Letters of Intent (LOI) process is now closed.
    • A summary of the 2015 Submissions (PDF) is available online (with a Cornell NetID).
  • Question and Answer Session: has been scheduled
    (Please contact Paula Euvrard to register):
    • March 11, 11:00am, 300 Rice Hall
  • Selections will be announced in May, 2015.


2013 AVF assesses commercial viability of larva meal

2014 Awards

The Atkinson Center selected 12 projects for the 2014 AVF awards

2013 Awards

ACSF selected nine projects for the 2013 AVF awards:


2012 Awards

ACSF selected ten projects for the 2012 AVF awards:


2011 Awards

ACSF selected ten projects for the 2011 AVF awards



2008 Awards

ACSF awarded approximately $800,000 in 2008, the first AVF cycle. Grants were awarded for seven research projects and five workshops:

Proposals: an online application will be available in early March. Proposals must be received no later than March 24, 2014.