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Regional Innovation Strategies FY 2018 funding now available

May 31, 2018

EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies program — which makes i6 challenge and seed fund support awards — has released its notice of funding opportunity for FY 2018. Applications are due August 29. SSTI hosted a free webinar featuring EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on June 14.*

EDA has $21 million available to award in 2018, thanks to the support of a bipartisan group of congressional champions and the outreach of organizations throughout the country coordinated by SSTI’s Innovation Advocacy Council.

The FY 2018 notice of funding opportunity is largely similar to the FY 2017 notice, but i6 awards can now request a maximum of $750,000 in federal support. Of course, all potential applicants are encouraged to review the opportunity in detail.

The staff of EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will participate in a webinar with SSTI the second week of June to discuss the notice, changes from last year, and important advice on completing an application. SSTI has hosted many past webinars on this issue, including one last summer featuring application tips from award winners.

* Updated July 18, 2018 to reflect that the webinar with EDA already occurred. 

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