Nine new grants fuel brilliant solutions
Amazon Catalyst has awarded nine grants to an eclectic mix of UW students, faculty, and staff to fund big ideas across diverse disciplines including: healthcare, communications, aerospace, and the arts.
The Amazon Catalyst program is a collaboration between UW CoMotion and Amazon to encourage innovation within the UW community. The goal of the program is to inspire people to think big, invent solutions to real-world problems, and make a positive impact on the world.
Open to all three UW campuses and all departments
Now in its 13th round of funding, the Amazon Catalyst program provides the UW-affiliated awardees with mentoring and funding. Amazon Catalyst is not a traditional research fund; it’s a different kind of model that fuels novel, scalable ideas that have the potential to make a significant impact, regardless of discipline or status.
Amazon Catalyst is about thinking big
”The end goal for every project must be a unique, real-world solution. Successful Amazon Catalyst Fellows are obsessed with their big idea – whether it’s related to their field of study or not,” says H.B. Siegel, who leads the Amazon Catalyst program. “They’ve done the work and are ready to take the next step.”
“This program is a prime example of public-private cooperation that CoMotion, UW’s collaborative innovation hub, cultivates,” said Vikram Jandhyala, Vice President for Innovation Strategy and Executive Director of UW CoMotion. “Amazon Catalyst is one of the ways we meet our goals of strengthening the innovation mindset across the UW community and expanding UW’s societal impact.”
$3,554,895 awarded to date
Amazon Catalyst launched in November 2015, and has awarded a total of $3,554,895 to 53 teams.