Applicants sought for New Hampshire Innovation Research Center grants

Program promotes ‘promising university-industry collaborations’
Marc Eichenberger, program director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center

The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center is seeking grant applications from Granite State companies looking 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.

According to Marc Eichenberger, the NHIRC’s program director, the grant process is a competitive one, with oversight by representatives from industry, government and academic institutions. Projects vary from proof-of-concept to a substantial product or process design, he said, adding that applications are encouraged from companies in biomedical/biotechnology, engineering, IT, life sciences, materials science and manufacturing.

Companies that win grants 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.

“These grants continue to promote promising university-industry collaborations that turn research and product development into clear economic impact,” said Marc Eichenberger, NHIRC program manager. “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.”

A signed, nonbinding letter of intent on company letterhead is due by Monday, April 6, officials said.

The letter 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. Interested businesses do not need an academic partner to submit a letter of intent, and assistance in locating a partner can be provided. Final project proposals are due Thursday, June 4.

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