The PTIC IT Development Fund

The Penn Technology Investment Committee (PTIC) has created an annual fund to encourage thoughtful experimentation with emerging technologies which have the possibility of contributing to the overall benefit of the university. The fund is designed to help launch new common good services (those that would benefit many or all schools and centers), particularly if the solution could save money, promote standards and interoperability across units or improve regulatory and policy compliance, without placing a burden on the initiating school or center.

Grants are typically awarded in amounts up to $100,000 for projects with an expected duration of less than one year. Each project requires a sponsor from an IT Roundtable member who will be accountable for keeping PTIC members and other stake holders up to date with progress.

At a high level, proposals are first taken to Common Solutions Group and IT Roundtable for review before proceeding to PTIC for a funding decision. Although approval lies solely with PTIC, feedback from these campus IT groups helps to build momentum and to refine them. Proposals with innovative solutions that can meet a common need across campus are more favorably received by PTIC, so enlisting as much support as possible from the broader IT community at Penn is important. ITR sponsors (or other project representatives) may be required to present proposals to all three groups prior to funding decisions and during approved project cycles to provide status updates.

If you are considering submitting a proposal and have questions, please contact ISC’s Relationship Management team for guidance at

Proposal Process Information