Call for Applications: Kalenian Award 2021

Kalenian Award Application Deadline on August 13th, 2021


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The Kalenian Award, established in 2006 through the generosity of Alba Kalenian in memory of her late husband Aram (Class of 1933), provides seed funds to support and advance the ideas and inventiveness of WPI students, faculty, and alumni.

Aram Kalenian was an inventor who had numerous useful ideas and reduced many of them to practice. The purpose of the Kalenian Award is to encourage similar innovation and entrepreneurship at any stage of development from the WPI academic community. The award's focus is to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit through annual funding of a single viable invention.

This award will be given annually. The duration of the award shall not exceed 18 months and will be a grant of up to $25,000. It may be given to an individual or group involved in the invention of a product in order to assist in the process of moving the invention toward commercialization. The award may be given to support innovative ideas or the development of commercial products. Ideally, the recipients should be either a part of an existing small business enterprise or in the process of trying to establish a small business.  This is not a business plan contest. Many diverse and high quality proposals are received making it difficult to select one winner. Applicants may resubmit proposals if they do not win an award in the previous year.


Read the Application Guidelines (pdf) and keep the following deadlines in mind.

  1. Intent to Compete Form  is due no later than August 13th, 2021
  2. Three-page narrative is due no later than September 10th, 2021​

Winners will be announced on October 6th, 2021 at 4pm. Location to be determined. 


For more information please visit the Kalenian Award Webpage