membership faq

Q: How do I apply for membership?

A: You can apply for membership here. Faculty members or administrators must serve as the primary applicant when signing up for membership. The applicant will be listed as the primary contact for membership renewal. Click here for a step by step guide on how to apply.

Q: What is the no-cost College & University Special Membership Rate?

VentureWell is currently waiving all Membership fees—whether you are a new or renewing member—for institutions that obtain membership between September 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Your institution will receive all of the benefits of membership for 12 months—including the ability to apply for VentureWell funding, discounts on event registration, and access to the VentureWell network—with no associated cost.

The College & University Special Membership Rate is valid for a 12-month period, starting on the sign-up or renewal date. We anticipate that renewals after this 12-month period will include a membership cost, and will communicate additional details by June 2021. Faculty members or administrators must serve as the primary applicant and contact when signing up for or renewing membership; students should be sure to work with this contact to arrange for membership in advance of the submission deadline.

Q: When will my membership become active?

A: Your membership will be effective immediately. Please allow one business day for membership renewal to be updated in our Community Portal. We recommend signing up or renewing your membership at least two days prior to a submission deadline.

Q: Do you offer automatic renewal?

A: No, not at this time.

Q:  How do I change the Membership Contact?

A: The primary contact for your institution can be changed or updated in our Community Portal. The designated primary contact must be a faculty member or administrator at your institution.

Q: I want to pay for my membership via credit card over the phone. Is this allowed?

A: While VentureWell prefers that memberships are paid online via credit card or by check, we are sometimes able to make exceptions and accept payment over the phone. Please reach out to us at to inquire.

Q: What is the VentureWell member discount when registering for the annual conference?

A: VentureWell members receive a substantial discount on the registration fee for OPEN. Check the Open website for more information.

Q: Do you offer memberships to institutions outside the US?

A: At this time, only US-based institutions are eligible for membership.


College & University Membership

Q: My university has multiple campuses, does each campus require its own membership?

A: Yes, large university systems with separate branch campuses require separate memberships for each campus.

Q: Do schools and programs within a larger university (i.e. business school, engineering school, biomedical program, etc) need separate memberships to apply for grants? Do they need to pay an additional fee?

A: No. The College or University Membership, and associated fee, covers an entire academic institution, including all students, staff, and faculty. Individual programs and departments do not need to enroll separately.

Q: My institution is not listed as a member on the VentureWell website. Is this list up-to-date?

A: Yes, this list is automatically updated. If you don’t see your institution listed,  you do not have an active membership. If your institution is listed, be sure to check the expiration date of your membership.

Q: I want to apply for a grant but I see that my institution’s membership has lapsed. Can you tell me who the membership contact is for my institution?

A: Any faculty member or administrator from your institution can renew the membership; it does not need to be the same person who joined or renewed previously. If we have a renewal contact in our record, the person’s name will appear when you log into our Community Portal. This renewal contact can be changed at any time.


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