The Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator Grant Programs were created in 2013 by the Colorado Legislature to promote the success of seven designated industries in the State of Colorado. These industries include: Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Bioscience, Electronics, Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure Engineering, and Technology and Information. Grants are available for proof of concept (POC) research, early-stage capital and retention, infrastructure funding, and AI exports. The AI Accelerator Grant Programs are administered through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).
Under the AI Accelerator POC Grant Program, technology transfer offices at Colorado research institutions with significant annual research expenditure are allocated funding to award to promising POC projects in the advanced industries. In FY2018, CSU Ventures has been allocated $487,877 to award to POC projects at Colorado State University. To apply for this funding, please see the application instructions below.
To begin the application process, please submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on September 5, 2017, using the template provided. There is a 1:3 (1 Applicant: 3 OEDIT) matching requirement for the AI POC program. Matching funds must be cash (no in-kind). Proposals should request no more than $70,000 in AI funding (not including matching funds).
Applicants invited to submit full applications will be emailed the full application template, which needs to be completed by 4pm on October 9, 2017. At this stage, CSU Ventures staff may work with you to add additional money to your budget for patent or market research costs; CSU Ventures will provide matching funds for these budget additions. Budgets for full applications need to be approved by CSU’s Office of Sponsored Programs prior to submitting the full application. Applicants selected for funding will also need to complete OEDIT’s online application in order to receive funding. Instructions on completing this application will be provided to selected applicants. See full announcement for additional information.
September 5, 2017 – Letter of Intent due to CSU Ventures by 4pm
September 15, 2017 – Notify applicants invited to submit a full application
October 2, 2017 – Budgets due to CSU Office of Sponsored Programs
October 9, 2017 – Full applications due
October 27, 2017 – Notify Applicants of Funding Decisions