Proposals are considered regularly at the Industrial Advisory Board meetings. UC faculty and recent PhD graduates from any institution are welcome to propose incubator projects. Applicants who are short listed for consideration are expected to present their proposal at the IAB meeting at UCSC, either in person or remotely. Final decisions are typically communicated to applicants within two weeks of the IAB meeting.
Selected incubator projects typically allow for funding of one post-doc or equivalent position. Selection for funding is determined by the UCSC Advisory Committee, based on recommendations of CROSS industry members. Selected projects are reviewed every 6 months and are required to make all source code available under an open source software license agreement.
New incubator projects typically starts out with significant software infrastructure that the project lead created as part of their PhD project. The proposal should show strong evidence that this open-source software project would be widely adopted. The project’s topic should also meet strategic objectives of the CROSS members of industries or the UCSC Advisory Committee.