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

The grants support projects under development in the private sector. Projects vary from proof-of-concept to a substantial product or process design. Applications are encouraged from companies in biomedical/biotechnology, engineering, IT, life sciences, materials science and manufacturing.

Grant selection is a competitive process, with oversight by representatives from industry, government and academic institutions.

“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.”

A signed, nonbinding letter of intent on company letterhead is due by Thursday, June 20. Letters 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.

Companies awarded 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 (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

Interested businesses do not need an academic partner to submit; assistance in locating a partner can be provided. Final project proposals are due Monday, Aug. 12.

Source: Innovation Research Center seeks R&D grant applications – NH Business Review