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Roberts Innovation Fund

PURPOSE

The Roberts Innovation Fund is a new initiative launched in 2022 to accelerate the engine of innovation at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS). Thanks to a generous gift from Yale alumnus Will Roberts ’90, the Roberts Innovation Fund will provide funding, mentoring and business training to assist in the commercialization of breakthrough inventions that solve real-world problems. Just as importantly, faculty applicants will receive valuable feedback from the Fund’s director as well as from an external advisory board from industry, all of whom have invested in and/or built technology ventures.

Led by Claudia Reuter, Director of the Roberts Innovation Fund in Yale Ventures, and overseen by the Office of the Dean of SEAS, the Fund will focus on technologies that show promise towards having an impact within the data-intensive domains of artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, trustworthy computing, computational modeling, and more.