FY 2014 Regional Innovation Grants

EDA is committed to helping foster connected, innovation-centric economic sectors which support commercialization and entrepreneurship as described in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 201 0. Working with regions across the country to develop regional innovation strategies, including regional

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innovation clusters, is also a Strategic Goal of the DOC’s FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and a keystone of the Secretary’s commitment to building globally competitive regions.

As part of this strategy, funding is available for capacity-building activities that include Proof of Concept Centers and Commercialization Centers as well as scaling of existing commercialization programs and centers; feasibility studies for the creation and expansion of facilities such as science and research parks; and supporting opportunities to close the funding gap for early-stage companies.

To that end, EDA’s existing and highly successful i6 Challenge is being joined by additional grant opportunities to create the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program.

Under this program, EDA is soliciting applications for three separate competitions:
1. 2014 i6 Challenge; 2. Science and Research Park Development Grants; and 3. Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds.

Applicants may, but are not required to, submit proposals for more than one competition under the RIS Program.

Related Programs

Cluster Grants

Department of Commerce


Science and Research Park Development Grants

Department of Commerce


Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: None

Estimated Funding: Not Available


Who's Eligible





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
EDA Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Pursuant to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, eligible applicants for and eligible recipients of EDA investment assistance under this FFO include a(n): 1.

a State; 2.

an Indian tribe; 3.

a city or other political subdivision of a State; 4.

an entity that— a.

is a nonprofit organization, an institution of higher education, a public-private partnership, a science or research park, a Federal laboratory, or an economic development organization or similar entity; and b.

has an application that is supported by a State or a political subdivision of a State; or 5.

a consortium of any of the entities described in subparagraphs (1) through (4).

For Science and Research Park Development Grants only, in addition to the types of applicants listed above, the following applicants are also eligible to apply: 6.

a Hospital; 7.

a Commercial organization; or 8.

a consortium of any of the entities described in subparagraphs (1) through (7).



Full Opportunity Web Address:
http://www.eda.gov/oie/

Contact:
Julie KirkDirector, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Agency Email Description:
oie@eda.gov

Agency Email:
oie@eda.gov

Date Posted:
2014-09-04

Application Due Date:
2014-11-03

Archive Date:
2014-12-03



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