The Technology Collaborative Releases New Request for Proposals Plans $1.5M in Grants to PA-based Companies and Universities

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Proposals being accepted for developments in digital & analog electronics, robotic technologies & applications, and cyber security.

The Technology Collaborative

We look forward to receiving proposals that focus on commercializing innovative technology from universities and companies of all sizes, and we strongly encourage collaboration between these groups

The Technology Collaborative (TTC), a statewide economic development organization that supports the growth of Pennsylvania’s world-class robotics and digital technologies industries, announced today that it expects to award $1.5 million in technology commercialization funding to universities, start-up companies, and established companies based in Pennsylvania on or before June 15, 2009.

“We look forward to receiving proposals that focus on commercializing innovative technology from universities and companies of all sizes, and we strongly encourage collaboration between these groups,” said David Ruppersberger, President and CEO of The Technology Collaborative. “These grants are part of our Technology Commercialization Initiative, a vital component of our mission to leverage the assets we have throughout the Commonwealth that reach beyond the current generation of available products and services, and that create new companies and high quality jobs.”

Through a competitive selection process, TTC intends to award funding for five to ten projects ranging up to $250,000 each that address key engineering design challenges, show a high degree of innovation and most importantly, identify a clear path to commercialization with the potential to significantly impact digital and/or robotics-related companies in Pennsylvania.

Draft proposals are due Friday, March 13, 2009, 5 PM EST. The final proposal submission deadline is April 10, 2009, 5 PM EST. The full Request for Proposals can be downloaded from TTC’s website at http://www.techcollaborative.org/default.aspx?id=download_rfp. TTC will be holding a series of workshops at various locations across Pennsylvania for those interested in submitting a proposal. These briefings will provide a detailed overview of the submission and evaluation process, as well as a forum for getting more information.

The first session will be held on Thursday, February 19th at The Technology Collaborative, 12 Federal Street, One North Shore Center, Suite 420, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. RSVP Patti Rote, pattir (at) techcollaborative.org, 412.802.6406.

Workshop attendance is not mandatory for submitting a proposal. Check TTC’s website periodically for additional dates and locations around Pennsylvania. Further insight into TTC member’s technology interests can be obtained by reviewing the current list of 138 TTC-funded programs at http://www.techcollaborative.org/default.aspx?id=funded_projects or contact Chuck Brandt, Ph.D., CTO, chuckb (at) techcollaborative.org

About The Technology Collaborative:
The Technology Collaborative (TTC) is a not-for-profit, member-driven, technology-based economic development organization focused on starting, attracting, and growing robotics, cyber-security and digital technology companies. Funding from federal, state, foundation, and member organizations supports our various programs to develop and commercialize technology, subsidize education and training, recruit world-class talent, incubate and mentor early-stage companies, and facilitate networking. TTC works with other regional economic development organizations to implement an end-to-end strategy for transitioning technology from the Commonwealth’s universities into commercial products that are designed, engineered, produced, marketed and sold by companies based in Pennsylvania.

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