EDGE Innovative Ideas Program
|EDGE Innovative Ideas Funding|
In addition to funding applied research and technology development that create jobs in Oklahoma, the EDGE program has the broader responsibility to facilitate an environment that fosters innovation in our state. In this context and as an effort to seed potential EDGE projects, the Policy Board has initiated the EDGE Innovative Ideas Program. The Board seeks proposals for early stage very innovative ideas, which with a small amount of support might produce new technologies that could be eventually commercialized.
A maximum of five proposals, each for no more than $25,000 for one year, will be funded annually.
Event Dates- 2012 EDGE Innovative Ideas Competition
|Areas of Focus|
The Policy Board annually reviews areas of research and commercialization emphasis, with consideration given to the strategic strengths of Oklahoma’s research infrastructure. For 2012, the Board will focus its investments in the following areas:
Applicants eligible to receive EDGE funding are:
(a) Private or public Oklahoma institutions of higher education,
(b) Non-profit Oklahoma research foundations or other non-profit organizations, and
(c) For-profit enterprises.
Some examples of applicants to the EDGE Innovative Ideas program might include:
• A very early stage innovative technology design with strong economic potential, but for which there is insufficient supporting data to justify a competitive peer-reviewed proposal.
• An innovative services business that could play a key role in the widespread adoption of a new technology.
• A company/individual with a technology focused on a specific market, but which could be transferred to additional applications and markets.
Requesting funding for the EDGE fund Innovative Ideas Program is defined in the Request for Proposal solicitation. As described in this solicitation, On April 16, 2012, Proposals solicitations are due by May 30, 2012 5:00 PM CST.
In July, the Policy Board will review the Proposals and announce the funding decisions.
The following is the 2011 RFP for IIP Proposals. The 2012 RFP for Proposals will be released in April 2012.
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To apply for an Innovative Ideas Program Grant you will need to submit electronically by May 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM CST the
|EDGE Innovative Ideas Program Submission Process|
Proposals must be submitted electronically to the EDGE Policy Board (EDGE@okedge.org) by 5:00 PM CST, May 30, 2012.
The Proposal should provide an overview of the project and associated costs. Applicants are asked to track their submissions by requesting a delivery receipt or read receipt of the e-mail. Proposals submitted by any means other than the method specified in the Request for Proposal will be disregarded. Applicants responding to this solicitation are wholly responsible for timely and properly formatted submissions.
The EDGE Policy Board will screen all Proposals to ensure they comply with the intent of this program and meet format and content requirements. Proposals not meeting these basic requirements will be rejected without evaluation. The EDGE Policy Board will evaluate all Proposals against the evaluation criteria listed in Section 3. Submission of a Proposal does not obligate the EDGE Policy Board to provide funding.