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Oregon BEST Commercialization Grants
Oregon BEST Commercialization Grants are awarded based on a compelling potential to grow the cleantech economy in Oregon. Grant proposals are evaluated by Oregon BEST staff, recommended by the Oregon BEST Commercialization Advisory Board, and approved by the Oregon BEST Board of Directors. Proposals are evaluated based on a number of selection criteria, including the following:
- potential to expand the base of leading-edge cleantech research in the Oregon University System
- potential to result in novel cleantech products or services
- potential to create a new cleantech company in Oregon
- potential to grow the base of cleantech jobs within existing Oregon companies
- the uniqueness and viability of the technology and/or the application
- the size, growth, and timing of the market for the innovation
- potential for acquiring defensible intellectual property
- potential for establishing and maintaining technical and commercial differentiation
- ability for the grant to propel the recipient to an important developmental milestone
Eligible projects must be a collaboration between a small business in Oregon and one or more of Oregon BEST's partner universities – Oregon State University, Oregon Tech, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon. Grant proposals must be submitted by one or more Oregon BEST Member Faculty (the “University Partner”) in collaboration with an Oregon-based small business (the “Commercialization Partner”).
Applying for an Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant
Please contact Ken Vaughn, Director of Commercialization Programs at Oregon BEST, for additional information about guidelines, quarterly cut-off dates, and eligibility requirements for Commercialization Grants.
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