Applications are now open for the Bakar Spark Fund for UC Berkeley faculty proposing projects with significant commercial potential. In 2019, the Program will award up to seven 2-year Spark Fund research development grants of up to $75,000/year. The awards provide discretionary funds for research in the STEM+fields (Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture). The Bakar Spark Fund seeks to identify and catalyze research (even early stage) that holds commercial promise. After the successful completion of a two-year Spark Fund award, recipients will be eligible to compete for a Bakar Innovation Incentive Prize of up to $300,000 (one-time) discretionary support.