EDA to Hold Series of Webinars for Potential 2016 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Applicants

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Created on April 15, 2016

EDA plans to release the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and begin accepting applications for the 2016 round of Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Programfunding on April 25, 2016; the application period will be open for 60 days.  In this 2016 round, a total of $15 million in Federal funding is available to create and expand cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs and early-stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition, respectively.

EDA will host a series of webinars April 19-21, 2016, to encourage all potential applicants to think about their strategies for developing regional opportunities, partnerships, and approaches by sharing the RIS Program’s high-level objectives.  OIE staff will provide an overview of the Programand its objectives and RIS grantees will provide real-world highlights of their RIS projects, including the problems they set out to solve and the activities, outputs, and impacts that their RIS grants have supported.  Each webinar will end with a Q&A session that will be open to all participants but that will focus on specific categories of applicants or geographies as noted below.  EDA will host the webinars at the following times:

  • April 19 at 2:00pm EDT(with a Q&A focused on HBCUs and community colleges): join this webinar;
  • April 20 at 3:30pm EDT (with a Q&A focused on smart cities): join this webinar; and
  • April 21 at 2:00pm EDT(with a Q&A focused on rural communities): join this webinar.

Additionally, EDA will host a post-launch webinar on May 5, 2016, at 2:00pm EDT.  During this webinar, EDA staff will present a detailed overview of the 2016 RIS FFO and will take questions from attendees.

In order to ensure that you are able to connect to the webinar, please click the appropriate link above 15 minutes before the webinar begins.