The AZ Fast Grant competition
will open on Monday, March 10!
This competitive grant enables Arizona-based technology companies to initiate the commercialization process. Total funds available for this grant round are $175,000.
Maximum awards of $5,000 and $20,000 will enable companies to accomplish one of four scopes of work.
- SBIR/STTR Proposal Development (Maximum award $5,000)
- Awardees will be automatically enrolled in our PIII Playbook training class with 23 hours of training and coaching. Cost per company to participate is $1,500. This will be paid from the AZ Fast Grant award. Services will be provided by consultants under contract with ACA.
- We are providing an additional $3,500 to the awardee for SBIT/STTR proposal writing assistance. The awardee may hire any professional consultant to assist them.
- Commercialization Feasibility Study (Maximum award $5,000) The awardee may hire any professional consultant to assist them.
- Identify show stoppers to commercialization before resources are spent commercializing a technology that is unlikely to succeed.
- Other Acceptable Means of Technology Commercialization Assistance (Maximum award $5,000) The awardee may hire any professional consultant to assist them.
- Technology Review – An expert review of the technology under development to determine if it already exists, is a good candidate for intellectual property protection and is likely to find an attractive market.
- Requests for other acceptable means of technology commercialization assistance will be considered.
- Innovation in Manufacturing (Maximum award $20,000)
- This award provides seed monies for the creation and proof of concept testing of disruptive tools and technologies to Arizona manufacturing firms in targeted business sectors.
- Commercialization of these tools and technologies is our top goal.
- Solution providers, i.e. – consultants, training firms, engineering and technology companies, and educational institutions, are required to team with manufacturers to submit proposals.
- Each proposer must identify a teaming arrangement with Arizona manufacturers. Preference will be given to proposers teaming with multiple manufacturing partners.
- Applicants and their manufacturing partners must leverage the award funds with a partial match of the requested award amount.
- Applicants must demonstrate a 50% match (cash and in-kind) of the requested award amount. Preference will be given to applicants with higher cash to in-kind ratio.
- Manufacturing partners must provide a total award match of at least 25% cash and/or in-kind, i.e. – labor, materials, machine time, plant overhead, etc. Preference will be given to applicants with higher industry in-kind contributions.
- Match requirements for a theoretical award might look like:
Innovation in Manufacturing Award $20,000
Proposer Match (50%) $10,000
Sub Total $30,000
Total of Manufacturing Partners’ Match (25%) $7,500
Total Grant Value $37,500
- Applications must be completed on-line via the link on the AZ Fast Grant webpage .
- Closes on April 14 @ 5pm MST.
- Awards will be announced in June.
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Direct to Phase II Pilot Program is here!
Jump Into New Funding Opportunities Now
Finding funding to continue your innovative cancer research can be difficult. Luckily, there’s some good news.
The National Cancer Institute Small Business Innovation Research (NCI SBIR) Development Center is implementing the SBIR Direct to Phase II Pilot solicitation, PAR-14-088, per the 2011 SBIR & STTR Reauthorization Act, allowing applicants that have demonstrated the R&D and technical merit characteristic of a Phase I (R43) SBIR project to bypass Phase I and apply directly for SBIR Phase II grants.
We encourage you to review the opportunity below and consider applying.
Please visit http://sbir.cancer.gov/ to learn more about the NCI SBIR & STTR Programs.
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