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FY2015 Regional Innovation Strategies Program

Post Date

August 4th 2015

Application Due Date

October 5th 2015

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

A State; An Indian tribe; A city or other political subdivision of a State; 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 A consortium of any of the entities described above.


  • Award Range:

    $0 - $500000

Grant Description

This Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement sets out the application submission and review procedures for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. Regional economic vitality is best accomplished through multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations that draw upon public, corporate, university, nonprofit, and philanthropic resources. Regional innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems└which have a culture of idea generation, leadership, trust, openness to foraging new partnerships with disparate parties, entrepreneurial development, investment capital, and a large pool of accomplished managers└often fuel these partnerships and collaborations. Robust, sustainable regional innovation ecosystems help drive national competitiveness. EDA is committed to fostering connected, innovation-centric economic sectors which support commercialization and entrepreneurship. The Department of Commerce (DOC) FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan sets forth the strategic goal of working within and across ecosystems throughout the country to develop regional innovation strategies, including regional innovation clusters. This comprises building public and private capacity to invent, improve, and commercialize new products and services. Regional innovation strategies are a keystone of the Secretary of Commerceмs commitment to building globally competitive regions. As part of this strategy, funding is available for capacity-building activities that include Proof of Concept Centers (POCCs) and Commercialization Centers (CCs) (as well as scaling of existing commercialization programs and centers) and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. Under the RIS Program, EDA is soliciting applications for two separate competitions: (1) the 2015 i6 Challenge; and (2) Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grants. Applicants may, but are not required to, submit proposals for more than one competition under the RIS Program.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Commerce

  • Office:


  • Agency Contact:

    Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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