About the Program
Signatures Innovation Fellows
About the Program
The Signatures Innovation Fellows Program supports innovative research by UC Berkeley researchers in the data science and software areas with a special focus on projects that hold commercial promise. The Program is committed to the development of entrepreneurs, whether they be faculty or postdoctoral fellows and graduate student entrepreneurs who work in collaboration with faculty on a journey to building great companies. Our purpose is to support valuable technology development, help develop skills and pathways, and to identify the most suitable business models, partners, and financing mechanisms
Signatures Innovation Fellows each receive support of up to $100,000/year for a maximum of two years. The funds may be used for
- postdoctoral salary and graduate student fellowship support for entrepreneurial activities,
- to assist with early stage development,
- to obtain entrepreneurship training,
- understanding market opportunities for technological developments,
- developing intellectual property avenues,
- incorporation of a start-up company,
- networking with mentors and potential partners,
- engagement with external partners and funders, or
- other discretionary activities that enable entrepreneurial pathways.
The Fellows become part of and contribute to an ecosystem that brings together postdoctoral fellows, students, faculty, staff and alumni to form a strong network that assists researchers in introducing their discoveries to the market.
Inaugurated in spring 2015, the Program currently supports four Fellows:
- Alexei Pozdnukhov, Civil and Enviromental Engineering,with a project focused on urban mobility analytics;
- Ruzena Bajcsy, EECS, who is working with graduate student Robert Matthews on the development of individualized human models of movement, with translation to assistive robotic devices such as exoskeletons;
- Lisa García Bedolla, Graduate School of Education and Political Science, who is working with postdoctoral fellow Cristhian Parra on enhancing civic engagement among a diverse electorate; and
- Vern Paxson, EECS, who is working with graduate student Matthias Vallentin on high-fidelity network forensics.
Past recipients include Jasjeet Sekhon with a project to improve tools for public opinion research.