Innovation Research Center seeks grant applications

Companies in biomed/biotech, engineering, IT, life sciences, materials science and manufacturing are sought

The NH Innovation Research Center is 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. It is a competitive process, with oversight by representatives from industry, government and academic institutions.

Projects vary from proof-of-concept to a substantial product or process design. Applications are encouraged from companies in biomedical/biotechnology, engineering, information technology 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.”

Companies that win awards 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 (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

A signed, nonbinding letter of intent on company letterhead is due by March 21. 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 an letter of intent and assistance in locating a partner can be provided.

More information can be found on the NHIRC website.

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