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Major Gift Expands Support for Commercially Focused NC State Research

A major gift to NC State’s Office of Research Commercialization will enable even more Wolfpack innovators to conduct commercially focused research in the coming years. 

Entrepreneur and investor Bill Spruill recently donated $900,000 toward the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF), which awards annual grants to Pack members in order to further their cutting-edge work. Spruill hopes his gift will not only help these projects come to fruition faster and more easily that might otherwise be possible but will also inspire others to join him in supporting this important fund.

“Bill Spruill’s generous gift recognizes CIF’s success and is aimed at amplifying these efforts to increase the program impact and more quickly transition university research into the market,” Wade Fulghum, assistant vice chancellor for research commercialization, said. “His vision matches ours.”