Business submissions sought for state research grants

Deadline for letters of intent is Thursday, Feb. 15


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The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center is now seeking grant applications from New Hampshire companies that wish to conduct research with New Hampshire-based colleges and universities, including the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College.

Grants funded by the NHIRC support projects under development in the private sector. Projects vary from proof-of-concept to a substantial product or process design.

A signed, nonbinding letter of intent on company letterhead is due by Thursday, February 15. Letters of intent must include a short project description that clearly defines the research concept, identifies the company’s field of technology and anticipates the commercial outcome of the project. Applications are encouraged from companies in biomedical/biotechnology, engineering, IT, life sciences, materials science, and manufacturing.

“These grants continue to promote promising university-industry collaborations that turn research and product development into clear economic impact,” said Marc Sedam, executive director of the NHIRC. “In addition to increasing profitability for participating companies, these projects routinely go on to create jobs and enable businesses to get additional funding from private investors as well as federal sources.”

 Interested businesses do not need an academic partner to submit an letter of intent and assistance in locating a partner can be provided by the NHIRC. Details on submitting an LOI can be found on the NHIRC website at www.nhirc.unh.edu/LOIinstructions.html.

Awarded companies are required to provide matching dollars or services, and are offered additional training in grant writing to apply for federally funded Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants.

For more information about the NHIRC and how to apply for funding, visit www.nhirc.unh.edu, email nhirc.info@unh.edu or call 603-862-0630.

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