EDA to Hold Series of Webinars for Potential 2016 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Applicants

Monday, April 18, 2016

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EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) leads the Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation. The program is authorized through the America COMPETES reauthorization Act of 2010, and received a dedicated appropriation for the first time in FY 2014.

2016 Program Competition

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams announced that EDA plans to release the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and begin accepting applications for the 2016 round of Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program funding on April 25, 2016; the application period will be open for 60 days. In the 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.

EDA will host a series of webinars April 19-21, 2016, to encourage all potential applicants to think about their strategies for developing regional opportunities, partnerships, and approaches by sharing the RIS Program’s high-level objectives. OIE staff will provide an overview of the Program and its objectives and RIS grantees will provide real-world highlights of their RIS projects, including the problems they set out to solve and the activities, outputs, and impacts that their RIS grants have supported.

Click here for the schedule and full details about the webinars!

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