DoC-EDA FFO: Regional Innovation Strategies Program

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SBA Office of Investment and Innovation

Below is a special message sent on behalf of our friends at Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration...


On Monday, April 25, 2016, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) released a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and began accepting applications for the 2016 round of Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program funding.  The application period is open for 60 days and will close at 11:59pm Eastern Time on June 24, 2016.

In this 2016 round, a total of $15 million in Federal funding is available to create and expand cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs and early-stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition, respectively.  Under this FFO, $13 million is available for i6 Challenge grants and $2 million is available for SFS grants.

EDA strongly encourages potential applicants to register for and attend its post-launch webinar on May 5, 2016, at 2:00pm Eastern Time.  During this webinar, EDA staff will present a detailed overview of the 2016 RIS FFO and will take questions from attendees.  If you are unable to attend, this webinar will be made available online.

To stay up-to-date on the latest RIS news, please sign up for EDA’s newsletter.

Best of Luck...


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