Research Innovation

SPARK-VT provides a modular infrastructure to facilitate the discovery-to-innovation-to-commercialization process. A new initiative at UVM is helping to bridge the divide between research and the marketplace by bringing promising researchers together with business innovators and biotech leaders. The goal of SPARK-VT is to address the challenges of translating novel research into the community.


Our Mission

  • To accelerate the process of moving discoveries into the marketplace.
  • To develop environment at UVM that fosters and facilitates moving innovative, collaborative research toward commercialization.
  • To increase the competitiveness for research funding involving small business and/or commercialization.
  • To educate faculty, fellows and students on how to transition innovative ideas and discoveries into commercial applications.

2017 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following researchers:

Jason Botten, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Darren Hitt, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ryan McDevitt, Ph.D.
’14, Co-Founder and Lead R&D engineer for Benchmark Space Systems 
Patrick Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering    


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Team Representatives from the June 2017 SPARK-VT Pitch Competition