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SCRA Maturation and Prototyping Matching Grant

SCRA awards up to a total of $100,000 in matching grant funds to South Carolina’s institutions of higher education to expand the impact of institutional funds directly invested in the maturation of a technology or the development of prototypes based on intellectual property owned by the institution. Prototypes refer to preliminary models of a technology, whether functional or representative.

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 SCRA Maturation and Prototyping Matching Grant 

AWARD TYPE:

Grant 

FUNDING AMOUNT:

  • Up to $100,000 in matching funds
  • Each application may request funds ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, inclusive of 20% indirect costs (if applicable)
  • Maximum funding per institution: $30,000 per fiscal year

Note: Regarding applications with inventors from multiple institutions, such requests will count on a pro-rata basis towards each institution’s annual $30,000 cap.

SOLICITATION PERIOD:

November 1, 2019 to to April 30th, 2020 

PERFORMANCE PERIOD:

Not to exceed 12 months

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: 

  • Applicants must be a South Carolina institution of higher education, including research universities, comprehensive teaching universities and colleges, and technical colleges.
  • Requests for funding must be matched by funds from the applicant institution’s maturation fund or other direct institutional dollars. The matching funds must have been dispersed within 36 months of application submission date. Federal funding, in-kind matches, and patent expenses are not eligible as matching funds.
  • The applicant must have exclusive rights to license all inventors’ interests in the existing or potential intellectual property associated with the project.
  • Performance period will be no longer than twelve (12) months after project funding.
  • Prototyping capability and/or bench testing must be sourced through a South Carolina-based technical college.
  • Projects must fit within one or more of SCRA’s industry verticals: Life Sciences, Information Technology, and Advanced Materials/Advanced Manufacturing.

USE OF FUNDS:

  • Funds must augment institutional funds and expand the development of technologies based on intellectual property from South Carolina’s academic institutions.
  • Applicants are encouraged to work with contractors and consultants within South Carolina. SCRA will assist with locating South Carolina-based providers, if requested. Please refer to attached chart Prototyping Capabilities within South Carolina Technical Schools.
  • The funds may not be used for rent, licensing fees, legal fees, patent expenses, or reimbursement of past expenses.