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Oregon BEST Research Funding Opportunities
Oregon BEST accelerates research and expands Oregon's network of shared-user research facilities through strategic investments that leverage additional federal, foundation, and industry funding. Connecting Oregon industry to research capability generates public-private partnerships that transform research into new technologies, companies, and jobs.
COMMERCIALIZATION GRANT PROGRAM
The Oregon BEST Commercialization Program accelerates commercialization of technologies developed by universities and small businesses collaborating with Oregon BEST’s Member Faculty.
Supporting the development of new products and services helps companies secure private investment, customer revenue, and federal SBIR/STTR grants that fuel new job creation at these companies. Simultaneously, the technologies commercialized help address the challenges of climate change, our nation’s dependence on oil, the environmental impacts of energy generation and building materials production, and the quality of our indoor environments.
Our Commercialization Grants help bridge the gap between traditional R&D funding sources and the availability of private investment – a gap commonly known as the “valley of death.” By working with Oregon BEST Member Faculty at our partner universities, university tech transfer offices, and small businesses, we identify opportunities for small investments to make a big impact in moving products and services to market and in securing private financing.
RESEARCH FACILITY INVESTMENTS
Oregon BEST invests strategically in university research facilities that advance our mission of economic development and job creation through research and development of clean technologies.
We have made facilities investments in seven Oregon BEST Signature Research Facilities that form a statewide network of shared-user tools and expertise. This network represents millions of dollars in new lab resources brought online by Oregon BEST since early 2009 that are available to Oregon faculty and industry. The seven Oregon BEST Signature Research Facilities include:
- SuNRISE Photovoltaics Laboratory at the UO
- Oregon Process Innovation Center (OPIC) for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing at OSU
- Green Building Materials Laboratory at OSU
- Green Building Research Laboratory at PSU
- infraStructure Testing and Applied Research (iSTAR) Laboratory at PSU
- Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory at the UO in Eugene and in Portland
- Facade Integrated Technologies (FIT) Testing Facility at the UO
PROPOSAL MATCHING PROGRAM
Oregon BEST's Proposal Matching Program provides matching funds to research and equipment acquisition proposals seeking competitive external funding. This program leverages the state's investment in cleantech research by making proposals from Oregon faculty more competitive and increasing the level of outside funding.
See list our list of External Funding Opportunities
Download Oregon BEST Member Faculty Request for Information
OREGON BEST IN THE NEWS
Red List Design Finalists Named05/17/2013
Brewing Electricity from Wastewater05/15/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant helps company test microbial fuel cell that could clean wastewater, generate electricity, and reduce water usage at Widmer Bros. Brewery. More.
Grant Funds Solar-Activated Water Treatment04/17/2013
A floating, solar-activated device that can treat stormwater wins an Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant. More.
CSD Nano: Semi-Finalist at Angel Conference04/15/2013
Grant Funds Innovative Window Coating03/28/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant funds development of new window coating that could save millions on indoor lighting costs. More.