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Innovation Voucher Program

Innovation Voucher Program

The Innovation Voucher program unlocks R&D capacity for Rhode Island small businesses. Companies with 500 employees or less can receive up to $50,000. Rhode Island manufacturers have the option to use the Innovation Voucher to fund an internal R&D project.

Grants can be applied to:

  1. support for commercialization of a new product, process, or service
  2. access to scientific, engineering, and design expertise
  3. scale-to-market development of your innovative idea

Recipients

Industry Cluster Grants

Industry Cluster Grants

Industry Cluster Grants encourage companies to work together to solve problems, exchange ideas, and develop talent. Grants are available to fund planning and organization of the industry-specific cluster. Implementation grants are also available for programs that strengthen the cluster in areas like R&D, tech transfer, workforce development, and marketing.

Download the Technical Assistance (Planning) Grant application or the Implementation Grant application to apply now.

Recipients

Innovation Network Matching Grants

Innovation Network Matching Grants

Innovation Network Matching Grants are provided to organizations to expand existing efforts to offer technical assistance, space on flexible terms, and/or access to capital to Rhode Island small businesses in key industries.

Recipients

Wavemaker Fellowship

The Wavemaker Fellowship

CommerceRI facilitates its award-winning Wavemaker Fellowship program, which provides student loan debt relief to qualified candidates working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and design fields in Rhode Island.

This publicly funded program is committed to keeping the best and brightest in Rhode Island after graduation, and ensures a robust talent pool for the state’s growing businesses.

The program offers qualifying individuals a refundable tax credit certificate equal to the value of their annual student loan burden for up to four years. In addition to the financial benefit, fellows are invited to participate in various personal and professional development programs, social and professional networking opportunities, community-based events, and more.

Discover more information about the Wavemaker Fellowship program

Rules and Regulations for the Wavemaker Fellowship Program error

Fellowship Award Winners
Contact
Jillian Butler Wavemaker Fellowship Director
Jillian Butler

Wavemaker Fellowship Director

Science and Technology Grants

Science and Technology Grants

Through the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC), funding was developed for small businesses that need capital to innovate, expand, and succeed.

The Innovate RI Small Business Fund provides the following grants to assist local entrepreneurs and high-growth start-ups that participate in the Federal Small Business Innovation Research Program and have fewer than 50 employees:

Application Grant: Provides grants of up to $3,000 to help small businesses offset the costs associated with preparing a competitive Phase I SBIR/STTR application.

Matching Grant: Provides grants of up to $45,000 to recipients of SBIR/STTR Phase I awards and up to $100,000 to recipients of Phase II awards.

The Fund also supports talent development via:

Internship Grant: Provides grants of up to $3,000 to help companies offset the cost of providing internships to RI residents attending a RI college or university.

Collaborative Research Grants

Competitive funding is offered each year as part of STAC’s participation in Rhode Island’s Cooperative Agreement with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Collaborative Research projects are eligible which address research questions related to the current thrusts of the the RI Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling (RI C-AIM).

Learn more about STAC and its funding and grant opportunities

Contact
Christine Smith Managing Director Innovation
Christine Smith

Managing Director Innovation

Rhode Island Innovation Campus

Rhode Island Innovation Campus

In November 2016, Rhode Island voters approved a $20 million bond issue to create one or more Innovation Campuses affiliated with URI that will bring together leading industry, academic, and research partners.

These Innovation Campuses are envisioned as facilities designed to stimulate collaborative research and development projects among academic and corporate tenants, with the goals of job growth and catalytic statewide impact. The campuses pair world-class, cutting-edge research with proven industry leadership and investment.

Solicitation Process

The Executive Office of Commerce initiated a competitive solicitation process with the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP). Activity and discussions related to the RFP are not part of any CommerceRI procurement process.

Please click here to view the Innovation Campus RFP (Note: process closed for submissions)

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