Thursday, July 13, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
Independent Reviewer Interviews Next Step Toward September Awards
st Century Jobs Fund will be made. Written recommendations for the proposals were forwarded to the SEIC by professionals from the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), the body charged with conducting the review process.
The original field of 505 proposals was narrowed to 465 through initial review and screening for eligibility. The 179 contenders remaining are competing for up to $100 million to be awarded this year. The AAAS interviews are scheduled to be completed in August, with recommendations forwarded to the SEIC. Final award decisions are expected to be announced in September.
The initiative targets the following high-tech sectors for accelerated growth in the state: life sciences, alternative energy, homeland security/defense and advanced automotive, manufacturing and materials.
More information about the 21st Century Jobs Fund and the complete list of finalists can be found on the MEDC Web site atwww.michigan.org/21stCentury.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information on MEDC initiatives and programs, visit the Web site atwww.michigan.org.
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