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FY 2014 Regional Innovation Grants

Post Date

September 4th 2014

Application Due Date

November 3rd 2014

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)


Funding Activity Categories

Regional Development

Economic Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Eligibility Categories

State Governments
County Governments
City or Township Governments
Special District Governments
Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments
Non-Profits With 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Non-Profits Without 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Private Institutions of Higher Education

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 thatя 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).


  • Award Range:

    $1 - $500000

Grant Description

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 2010. Working with regions across the country to develop regional innovation strategies, including regional innovation clusters, is also a Strategic Goal of the DOCуs FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and a keystone of the Secretaryуs 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, EDAуs 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.

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