CREATE Translation Grants are awarded to fund new pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the translation of research products into deployable usable technologies or technology artifacts in real use.

Focus of the Translation Minigrant Program

The initiative is focused on quality of life issues for individuals with disabilities, including:

  • High unemployment and underemployment rates
  • Lack of access to education
  • Community engagement opportunities

For purposes of this grant, the intervention must reverberate beyond the academic institution alone. Ideas should be innovative within the community to which it is applied.

Innovation lies at the core of all CREATE Translation Grants. We define innovation as a new idea or process that will improve systems to increase community engagement outcomes for people with disabilities. Innovation can often improve systems already in place. Innovation requires careful analysis of the needs of individuals served with participation from the community served: identifying the idea, program, service, or workflow needed to promote deployment of the research product in the community. It may require deliberate application of information, imagination, and initiation for generating new ideas that can serve as a catalyst for creating better solutions to deploy a technology and sustain it in the community. These ideas may be original or may use existing solutions or technologies in a new way. For purposes of this grant, the intervention must reverberate beyond the academic institution alone. Ideas should be innovative within the community to which it is applied.

What these minigrants won’t fund

Translation grants are not intended to fund research project expansions or bring proven projects to new communities, unless there is a significant scale, scope, or replicable component.

The CREATE Translation Grants do not fund any purely research-based project nor any education or training projects without a significant deployment component.

Who should apply

UW-based organizations may apply for one-time funding. Minigrant funds range from $1,000 – $10,000, with maximum project funding at $10,000. Note that no indirect costs may be included in the program or project budget.

Application is open to all UW affiliates, though partnerships outside the organization are allowed (and encouraged). All approved grants will have to name an external evaluator.

When to apply

Proposals are currently accepted on September 15th each year.

Matching Funds Preference

In an effort to help our grantee partners increase their funding base and achieve sustainable models of translation, replicate their project models, CREATE encourages prospective grantees to partially match the value of our translation grant. Preference is given to grant recipients who identify matches to the funds granted by CREATE equal to 15 percent from one or more third party sources. Matching funds must be designated specifically to the translation activities grant project. The grant recipient agrees to submit satisfactory evidence to CREATE of monies that meet this matching requirement in the form of a Letter of Commitment from third party sources. Letters must clearly identify the source, date, and amount of the matching funds. The matching funds must be received by the grantee organization within 6 months of the date on the pledge letter. The following do not qualify as contributions that are eligible as matching funds:

  • Federally appropriated funds, whether they are disbursed directly to the applicant/grant recipient by an agency of the federal government or indirectly through another organization, e.g., an agency of state government or a division of vocational rehabilitation.
  • Grant recipient’s own time contribution to the project.
  • Registration fees or any other fee or charge for participation in or attendance at project activities.

Award process

The CREATE Translation Grant Program begins with an online concept submission. The concept is scored and reviewed by the CREATE Translation Committee for its originality, creativity, feasibility, and collaborative stakeholder team. After scoring and staff review of the concept proposal, a selected group of candidates are invited to present their proposal to the CREATE Translation Mini-Grants Committee and staff via video conference. Subsequently the CREATE Translation Mini-Grants Committee recommends grant awards for approval to CREATE’s Directors after consideration of the proposals and any concerns.
Final awards are at the discretion of the CREATE Directors.

Applicant will be notified by e-mail of the status of their concept proposal within 90 days of submittal of a grant concept.

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Funded Translation Proposals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Go Baby Go Workshop: Awarded to support the second Go Baby Go workshop, and first full-scale workshop since UW Go Baby Go was incorporated into UW in 2020. Ten battery-powered ride-on toy cars were adapted for safety and accessibility and distributed to children in the community. The modifications are custom according to each child and family’s needs and are provided at no cost to families to support access to multiple forms of mobility, exploration, and socialization. The workshop was held on Saturday, November 6th on the UW campus.