Mission Statement

LAUNCH: The Fund for Research Innovation at Auburn University is designed to accelerate the best research and ideas into real products in the marketplace. LAUNCH is for innovative research projects that are likely to impact the regional economy and workforce development. It’s for projects that hold promise for generating additional sources of revenue for Auburn, with the goal of reinvesting those revenues to expand additional research efforts, year after year.

In academic research, there’s a place known as the “Valley of Death.” It’s the gap—which sometimes feels like an abyss—between basic research and a viable product. It can be a graveyard for great ideas and real solutions. The only way to bridge this gap and move research into the marketplace is through funding. You can help Auburn Research catapult brilliant ideas into the commercial arena, positively impacting our economy and our society.