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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
Meet our Four New Board Members11/26/2013
Oregon BEST adds Board members from industry, academia, and a national lab to leadership team. More.
Window Insert Maker Gets a Boost11/13/2013
Portland startup Indow Windows is getting a sales boost from paleo dieters who like to sleep in the dark. Read the Businessweek article.
Low-Energy Desalination System Advances10/31/2013
Oregon BEST grant helps startup team with OSU to advance desalination technology that could stem global water shortages. More.
Cutting Data Room Cooling Costs by 70%09/26/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant helps Oregon co. partner with City of Gresham, OSU, PDC to test new cooling system. More.
$15K Red List Design Winners Announced09/11/2013
A ready-mix earthen flooring made in Portland and a cellulose insulation developed by a UO student take top honors in the Oregon BEST Red List Design Challenge. More.