Thursday, January 08, 2004
Meetings Will Help Prospective Applicants Effectively Respond to RFP
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that nine Michigan Technology Tri-Corridor information sessions will be held in January to help potential applicants for funding understand the Tri-Corridor program and the application process.
The MEDC, which administers the Tri-Corridor program, recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for applicants interested in competing for $24 million in 2004 Michigan Technology Tri-Corridor funding. Awards will be used to fund the best research, development and commercialization projects in the fields of life sciences, homeland security and advanced automotive technology.
The information sessions will cover key areas of interest, including:
- Program description
- Application process
- Review process
- Process timeline
- Sector definitions/eligibility
- Category descriptions
- Funding breakdown
- Commercialization investment
- Commercialization infrastructure
- Proposal requirements
- Category review criteria
- Award types and duration
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The meetings will be held at the following locations:
- Jan. 12 - Houghton (a.m.)
- Jan. 14 - Ann Arbor (a.m.)
- Jan. 14 - Livonia (p.m.)
- Jan. 15 - Lansing (p.m.)
- Jan. 16 - Rochester (a.m.)
- Jan. 20 - Kalamazoo (a.m.)
- Jan. 20 - Grand Rapids (a.m.)
- Jan. 21 - Detroit (p.m.)
- Jan. 23 - Mount Pleasant (p.m.)
Session times, locations, and registration information can be found at http://medc.michigan.org/ttc/. Additional program information, including sector definitions, request for proposals, an application link, and steering committee descriptions are also available on this Web site. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Tri-Corridor funding awards will be based on a competitive, independent peer review-based process. The prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will independently evaluate the proposals and make funding recommendations to the Technology Tri-Corridor Steering Committee. Personal interviews will also be conducted for the most promising proposals before the committee makes its final award selections.
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.