Creative Works

CSU Ventures Creative Works Commercialization Award 2017

Almost all of the work done at CSU impacts the world, sometimes that work can be commercialized with a little help. CSU Ventures, Inc. offers a research fund available to CSU innovators who create intellectual property outside what is protected by patents, creative works. Creative works are protectable via copyright, trademark, or design patent. CSU Ventures is a non-profit entity designated by CSU to protect and commercialize intellectual properties created by Colorado State University researchers. The award is granted on an open and competitive process that is described below.


Creative Work General Information:

Total Available Fund: $40,000

Expected Award Size and Numbers: $5-15k per project and 3-5 awards are expected.

Eligibility: Any CSU faculty, researchers and graduate students (with PI approval) in disciplines that generate creative works. Priority considerations will be given to applicants from the following colleges at CSU: Liberal Arts, Business, Health and Human Sciences and the Warner College of Natural Resources.



Complete the LOI template by Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 4pm and submit it to LOIs will be accepted at any time up to the due date.

Protectable Intellectual Property: Funded projects are expected to generate protectable intellectual properties with potential commercial value.

Deadline: Letter of Intent is Due Monday January 30th, 2017, 4PM MDT

Invitation to full proposal: Tuesday February 7th, 2017.  Selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal by February 27th, 2017.

Questions: Please contact Rodman Tompkins [, 970-491-8316]


Examples of Creative Work Previously Funded Projects:

Past winning proposals have included clothing designs, programmatic support, manuals, videos, guides, visual arts and software applications among others. There are so many different expressions of the Creative Works we receive from our faculty, researcher and graduate student inventors, this list is not comprehensive. If you have an idea, contact us and ask.


List of previously funded projects:

  • Arabic Font Typeset
  • Active Online Learning System
  • Advanced Hospital Apparel
  • School Readiness Assessment
  • School Readiness App
  • Bullying Prevention Program
  • Therapeutic Mentoring Program
  • Gaming Based Learning Kit
  • Physical Activity Based Learning Tool
  • Healthy Aging Program
  • 3D Printed GIS Data Projection Map
  • Musical Instrument Training App
  • Mental Health Professional Training Videos