RAIN Grants Program

RAIN is a source of competitive funds for researchers within the College of Agricultural Sciences who are prepared to take the next steps in transitioning technologies generated through their research to commercialization.


Please review the 2019 RAIN RFP for additional details.

For questions regarding commercialization of research, please contact Maria Spencer, Warehime Entrepreneur in Residence ( or Scott Welsh, Commercialization Manager (

Proposal Concept Note (200 words maximum)
Proposal Concept Notes will be reviewed by the E&I Program Committee to provide feedback on project suitability and approach prior to submitting the full proposal. The components of the Proposal Narrative (see full proposal instructions) can serve as a guideline when preparing the Proposal Concept Note. Submitting a Proposal Concept Note summarizing the project is strongly recommended, but not required. If you plan to submit, please notify by Monday, February 11, 2019, by sending your note in the body of an email or as a Word document.

Full Proposals
Full proposals must be submitted as a unified PDF by 5:00pm on Friday, March 15, 2019 to Research and Graduate Education (