The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHICR)—based at the University of New Hampshire, a New England Council member—, is currently accepting applications from small businesses looking to partner with New Hampshire universities to conduct research. Accepted applicants will receive grants from the center to develop new technologies and other innovations in New Hampshire.
The NHIRC awards grants to help fund private sector research projects varying from proof-of concept all the way to product and process design. The application and awarding process is overseen by a panel that includes representatives from government, higher education institutions, and industry. Award recipients are required to match the grant with money or services, and receive additional training in grant writing to apply for federally-funded research groups. Applications are encouraged from companies in biomedical/biotechnology, engineering, IT, life sciences, materials science, and manufacturing, and applicants have until March 21 to submit a letter of intent outlining their proposed research.
“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.”
Founded in 1991 by the New Hampshire State Legislature, the NHIRC has awarded over $6 million in state grant funding, and has been responsible for the creation of over 650 private sector jobs in New Hampshire. The New England Council applauds the NHIRC’s work to advance innovation throughout New Hampshire and New England.