SSTI Digest

Geography: Arkansas

$10 M Research Fund, Loan Forgiveness Program Among New Tech Initiatives in Arkansas

The State of Arkansas has enacted several initiatives this year to assist science, technology, and research within the state. The two largest efforts are a $10 million research fund and a loan forgiveness program.

Arkansas Research Matching Fund

In an effort to improve the state’s national ranking of 49th place in research performance, the Arkansas General Assembly created the Arkansas Research Matching Fund. The $10 million fund will be administered by the

Arkansas Science & Technology Authority, the state’s lead agency for R&D funding and technology-based economic development. (URL: ) The $10 million appropriation is to fund the program for the next two years.