2017 Innovation Fund Call for Proposals

To apply, you must submit the application below and complete and return the following documents by 5:00pm EST, Friday, March 31st, 2017.

Download the 2017 Innovation Fund Narrative Outline
Download the 2017 Innovation Fund Budget Template
Download the 2017 Innovation Fund Contract Template

APPLICATION HERE

Synopsis of Program

The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) invites proposals to the SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund from current SyracuseCoE Partners for up to $10,000. The Innovation Fund is funded by SyracuseCoE Partner Program and is designed to support Partners’ efforts to overcome barriers to the commercialization of potentially transformative innovations. Projects must be aligned with commercialization of innovative products/technologies and focused on one or more of SyracuseCoE’s three core areas:

  • Indoor Environmental Quality and Building Energy Efficiency
  • Clean & Renewable Energy
  • Water Resources

Award Information

Type of Award: Fixed cost agreement – milestone based

Funding Rounds expected: 2

Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 6 awards

Maximum Award: $10,000

Project Duration: Nine months from execution of contract


Eligibility Information

Eligibility for awards is extended to all current members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program. Proposals may include collaborations with non-Partner Program firms and academic partners; however, proposals must be submitted and led by members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program.

Applicants will not be eligible to receive more than 3 consecutive awards.  Accepted Innovation Fund projects must be under contract within four months of award notification or they will be required to reapply in future rounds.


Budget, Payment, and Match Requirements

Applicants must include a budget signed by an authorized company official, a template for which may be found at the top of this page. Matching funds are encouraged as either cash or in-kind; while not required, the strength of a proposed match is included among selection criteria. Funding from federal, state, and foundation sources may be used to support a portion of matching funds; awards administered by SyracuseCoE may not be used as match. Applications must include a budget that clearly defines uses of funds, as well as verifiable sources of match, if included. Proposals must also include milestones for payment of requested funds.


Application Information and Timeline

All applications must include a narrative and signed milestone budget, and they may be submitted online via the online application at the top of this page.

Two rounds of funding are expected annually, with deadlines as follow:

Round 1 deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5:00pm

Round 2 deadline: Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00pm

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following selection criteria:

  • Impact in SyracuseCoE areas of focus
  • Technical merit, based on sound engineering and/or scientific principles
  • Extent to which the proposed technology or process is innovative and has the potential to advance the state-of-the-art
  • Extent to which proposal moves technology toward commercialization
  • Expected economic outcomes, such as potential revenue, jobs created/retained, etc.
  • Justified and reasonable budget plan, including strength of proposed match, if applicable
  • Qualifications and strength of project team

After an initial review by staff, selected applicants will be invited to participate in a proposal pitch to a panel of judges, which may include members of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council, SyracuseCoE staff and others. Funding decisions may be expected shortly thereafter.

In all cases, the review process will be conducted under the oversight of the Executive Director of SyracuseCoE with staff support.


Budget, Payment, and Match Requirements

Applicants must include a budget signed by an authorized company official, a template for which may be found linked at the top of this page. Matching funds are encouraged as either cash or in-kind; while not required, the strength of a proposed match is included among selection criteria. Funding from federal, state, and foundation sources may be used to support a portion of matching funds; awards administered by SyracuseCoE may not be used as match. Applications must include a budget that clearly defines uses of funds, as well as verifiable sources of match, if included. Proposals must also include milestones for payment of requested funds.


Invoicing

Invoices will be submitted upon completion of pre-approved milestones. A progress report must accompany each invoice.


Reporting Requirements

Progress reports to be submitted with invoices will be reviewed and approved by SyracuseCoE staff prior to payment. Award recipients will be surveyed annually by SyracuseCoE staff for information on outcomes related to the project, including jobs created and/retained, increased sales, patent and license information, etc.


Program Contact

Tammy Rosanio
Associate Director for Partner Programs, SyracuseCoE
315.430.8284
tlrosani@syr.edu

Read about last year’s Round 1 Innovation Fund awardees.