Three Student Teams Recipients of First Orange Innovation Fund Awards

Nov. 2, 2023, 1 p.m.

6 people standing, 3 holding oversize checks
Thomas Montfort ’24; Natasha Brao ’22; Raj-Ann Rekkhi Gill ’98; Scott Warren, Senior Associate Dean for Research Excellence; Alex Levy ’25 and Sam Schreiber ’25

Three student teams are the winners of inaugural Orange Innovation Fund awards, a grant program administered through Syracuse University Libraries designed to help students commercialize their research ideas.

Funding for the Orange Innovation Award program comes from a gift from Raj-Ann Rekhi Gill ’98, a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees who is operating partner of Silicon Valley Quad, an angel investing syndicate. Gill presented the three awards to the student teams and announced that applications are now open for the Spring 2024 grant round.

The Orange Innovation Fund supports student research initiatives emerging from campus innovation programs. It is intended to help move graduate and undergraduate student research or scholarly projects from ideation to proof of concept and commercialization, supporting Syracuse University’s goal to distinguish Syracuse University for excellence in research, scholarship, student experiential learning and innovation.

Applications for the spring semester will be due Friday, March 29, 2024, by 5 p.m. Learn more about the program, eligibility and requirements at For a link to register for the required proposal writing workshop, as well as application materials, please e-mail

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