IPF – Innovation Project Fund

The call for proposal to finance innovation

IPF Innovation Project Fund is the call promoted by Fondazione U4I – University For Innovation that provides funding to support innovative ideas with the aim of promoting their technological maturity, protect them with the form of legal protection more appropriate, bring them closer to the market through technology transfer actions such as licensing and/or creation of spin offs, and bring them to the attention of possible investors.

IPF is dedicated to projects with a high economic or social impact, lasting up to 18 months, that originate in Fondazione U4I’s three partner universities (Bergamo, Milano-Bicocca, Pavia) in any disciplinary field, that have initial evidence of effectiveness and need support for further technological advancement.

In December 2021, Fondazione U4I’s Innovation Project Fund was included within the best practices reported by the Knowledge Valorisation Platform.


proposals in 3 years for a value of € 6,9 million


funded projects for a total of € 750.000


spin-off co-founded with private funds

The IPF 2021 Call for Proposals in one minute


Technical and administrative staff
PhD students and PostDocs

Collaborative applications with researchers belonging to external organizations are allowed provided that the staff of the promoting founding universities has a demonstrable preponderant role and the principal investigator is an employee of one of the three.

How to apply

The project form must include:

Market Analysis
Development plan
Budget required
Potential impact
Possible social/economic/environmental sustainability
Legal protection already in place (e.g. patents)

Take part in the 2022 call

Work in progress…

    Annex A (in .pdf format)*

    Annex B (in .pdf format)*

    Contact us by email at info@u4i.it

    Or contact your University’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO):

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