$1 Million Will Be Available to Support Companies Engaged with Federal SBIR/STTR Programs

TRENTON, N.J. (September 30, 2022) – New Jersey startups that are currently involved with, or applying to, the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and/or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs will soon have access to an additional funding source, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) announced today. CSIT will open applications for the fourth round of its SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program on Monday, October 3 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The program provides a $25,000 to $50,000 funding match to New Jersey-based companies that have received federal SBIR/STTR grants. 

The federal SBIR and STTR grant programs provide more than $3 billion each year to small businesses in a variety of technology and life sciences areas that propose innovative ideas that meet specific federal research and development (R&D) needs. The SBIR program enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the means for participating companies to profit from its commercialization. The STTR program funds cooperative R&D partnerships between small businesses and research institutions such as universities, federal R&D centers, or non-profits. The programs are open to U.S.-based, for-profit small businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

Through three prior rounds of its SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program, CSIT has awarded a total of $1.9 million to 66 New Jersey companies.

“Each New Jersey startup faces unique hurdles as it works toward commercialization, and helping these young companies succeed is a core part of our mission,” said CSIT Chair Debbie Hart. “Our SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program has a proven track-record of supporting startups that are vying for these federal programs by providing funding to support their operations throughout the application process and beyond.”

This fourth round of the program will offer $1 million in grants to New Jersey small businesses in two program components. The first component (Direct funding) will provide $25,000 grants to up to 20 small businesses that have received a federal SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast-Track, or Direct to Phase II award/contract. The grant is aimed at helping awardees increase intensity of research, strengthen commercialization plans, cover operational expenses, and become more competitive for Phase II funding. The second component (Bridge funding) will provide $50,000 grants to up to ten New Jersey small businesses that have successfully completed Phase I and have applied for Phase II of the federal SBIR/STTR program. The grant will enable the awardees to maintain operations while waiting on Phase II awards and cover general operational expenses directly related to the project/product for which a Federal Phase II award is being sought.

“Each dollar awarded through the SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program is a dollar invested directly into New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem,” said CSIT Executive Director Judith Sheft. “We continue to see incredibly high levels of interest in CSIT programs such as this one and are appreciative of Governor Phil Murphy’s and the Legislature’s ongoing commitment to helping us support innovation-focused companies from their earliest stages.”

Sheft encouraged entrepreneurs that are interested in applying to the New Jersey SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program to attend an informational webinar on October 11 at 1:00 p.m. to learn about the application process. A link to the webinar will be available at https://tinyurl.com/NJCSIT-Phase-4. A recording of the webinar will also be available on CSIT’s website.

The application, which can be accessed directly at https://application.njeda.com/CSIT, will be open starting October 3, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. until November 14 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

In keeping with the Governor’s vision for inclusive economic growth, applications from businesses located in an Opportunity Zone-eligible census tract or Government Restricted Municipality, minority- or woman-owned businesses or businesses with technology coming out of New Jersey universities are all eligible for points with respect to the scoring criteria. Additionally, applicants who are applying to the Direct Financial Assistance Program for the first time will also receive points. Points will also be awarded to first time federal SBIR/STTR awardees (direct funding) and first-time federal Phase II submitters (bridge funding).

About CSIT
In August 2018, Governor Murphy signed legislation re-establishing the former New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology as the CSIT. Comprised of representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as academia, the Commission is tasked with leading the way in promoting the state as a home for academic and technological research, development, and commercialization.

To learn more about state resources available to New Jersey entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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ICGF Focuses on Investing in Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

TRENTON, N.J. (September 23, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that its Board has approved investing up to $1 million into Innovate Capital Growth Fund (ICGF) through a limited partnership investment. ICGF marks the NJEDA’s 21st venture fund investment approval to date.

ICGF, a Delaware limited partnership, was created last year to provide growth capital, primarily in the form of equity, to minority- and women-owned businesses located substantially in the Mid-Atlantic region. ICGF is expected to invest an additional $2 in New Jersey-based companies for every $1 the NJEDA commits. This would result in a target of $3 million of capital invested into New Jersey companies.

“ICGF’s investment strategy aligns perfectly with Governor Phil Murphy’s vision to create the most diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem in the nation,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Through investments such as this one, we are providing much-needed capital for young companies to leverage as they grow, commercialize, and create good-paying jobs in New Jersey.”

Sullivan noted that, among its myriad resources for New Jersey’s innovation sector, the NJEDA helps increase available capital for emerging innovation-focused companies by investing as a limited partner in venture capital funds that invest in New Jersey-based enterprises. Gains resulting from these investments are then used to offer new funding opportunities to support New Jersey businesses. To date, the NJEDA has committed over $64.5 million to 20 venture capital funds since 1999, not including this latest approval.

The Fund will be managed by Innovate Capital Growth GP, LLC, which is owned in part by  The Enterprise Center (TEC). TEC is a nationally recognized community economic development center in Philadelphia that focuses solely on advancing economic growth by connecting minority and women-owned companies with business, capital, and community. TEC operates three federally contracted business centers, including the Camden Cares Business Center. The Camden Cares Business Center employs nearly 10 percent of TEC’s investment and operations professionals. TEC also operates a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Across all of these instruments, TEC has helped small businesses earn more than $1 billion in contracts and financing, secure more than $7 million in start-up loans, and created more than 3,000 jobs for the local community.

ICGF managers recently participated in the NJEDA’s New Jersey Founder & Funders event, where they met one-on-one with emerging innovation-focused companies. ICGF Co-Managing Partner and TEC President Della Clark indicated that, as part of ICGF’s growing commitment to New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem, she and her co-managers intend to participate in additional New Jersey Founders & Funders events in the future.

“In recent years, New Jersey has shown a strong commitment to bolstering opportunities for minority- and women-led businesses and we are excited to have the NJEDA as one of ICGF’s investors,” said Clark. “We have been continually impressed with the high-caliber startups we have found in New Jersey and are proud to bolster our ability to support these emerging companies through this fund.”

ICGF was awarded a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) license from the United States Small Business Administration. Having this designation will enable the firm to access a wider pool of capital from private lenders and banks that may support companies in their portfolio.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness. NJEDA is developing the Wind port on behalf of the State.

To learn more about state resources available to New Jersey entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (September 21, 2022) – Twelve researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel are poised to receive a combined $200,000 in seed grants to further joint projects across a broad spectrum of academic areas. The grants, which were awarded to six partnerships through the TAU – Rutgers University Research Collaboration Fund (the Fund), will support projects in such areas as genomics, agriculture, neurology, quantum computing, and computer science. The Fund was established last year to foster international collaborative partnerships between faculty at TAU and Rutgers.

“Israel has always been a formidable partner in our efforts to reclaim New Jersey’s role as a leader in innovation and harnessing the synergy between the Garden State and the Startup Nation brings us closer to that goal,” Governor Phil Murphy said. “The funding announced today will help us support academic researchers in high-wage, high-growth sectors as they bring their projects from infancy through commercialization.”

In August 2021, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and Rutgers University signed an agreement to facilitate research by Rutgers University faculty and staff in conjunction with a leading Israeli university. Rutgers University and the NJEDA each agreed to contribute $50,000 to what would ultimately become the Fund. Rutgers University subsequently signed an agreement with TAU to establish the Fund, which included a $100,000 contribution from TAU.

Grants awarded through the fund can be used for research activities, travel expenses, per diem allowances for faculty or full-time enrolled students, and for scholarships for students.

The awardees include:

  • Gophna – Severinov: Assessing the True Ecological Roles of CRISPR-Cas Systems to Advance Gene Editing
  • Friedman- van der Wel: Understanding Slow and Smooth Movements in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Fridman-Burlion: Development of Time Delay Software Technology to Power Systems
  • Goldstein-Andrei: Kondo Systems and Quantum Computing
  • Ohad-Lawton: Study of innate immunity of plant pathogens: implications for agriculture
  • Zimmerman-Kovacs: Metaphysics of Personhood

According to data released by the NJEDA earlier this year, annual New Jersey-Israel trade was valued at $1.55 billion in 2021 and Foreign Domestic Investments from Israel to New Jersey multiplied four times between 2018 and 2021, worth an estimated $347.1 million. This led to the creation of 1,120 jobs, including those resulting from Israeli companies new to the state.

New Jersey and Israeli officials welcomed the news announced today.

“Increasing access to seed grant funding for researchers statewide is paramount to growing our innovation economy and has been a priority for Governor Murphy since his very first days in office,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “New Jersey and Israel share a long history of collaboration and the awards announced today will spur new partnership opportunities between researchers at two of the world’s top universities. This, in turn, will lead to long-term economic growth.”

“We’re thrilled to bring Israel’s innovation prowess to this partnership with such a storied New Jersey institution,” said Ambassador Asaf Zamir, Consul General of Israel in New York. “Tel Aviv University and Rutgers University are exactly the kinds of places that will deliver tomorrow’s advancements in biotech, neurology, computing, and more. We look forward to seeing the scientific, technological and economic benefits of this wonderful collaboration.”

“New Jersey and Israel share many common values and goals, such as developing ways for university researchers to spur innovation and ultimately drive economic growth,” said New Jersey-Israel Commission Executive Director Andrew Gross. “Innovation and education are among the Commission’s top priorities, and we are thrilled to know that these grants will also serve to strengthen the strong economic and academic ties that exist between Israel and New Jersey.”

“We congratulate both Rutgers University and Tel Aviv University on these historic grants as they fulfill the mission set out by Governor Murphy to connect these global academic ecosystems,” said New Jersey-Israel Commission Co-Chairs Mark S. Levenson and Karin Elkis. “Our commitment to strengthening the partnership between these incredible universities will continue as they leverage game changing technologies to make scientific discoveries that will better our world.”

“From Selman Waksman’s development of streptomycin, that supercharged the global effort to combat tuberculosis in the 1940s, to the invention just two and a half years ago of the saliva-based COVID-19 test that helped to guide the world through the pandemic, Rutgers has long been leveraging collaboration to spur technological progress with academic partners around the globe.  These new projects follow in that academic research tradition,” said Rutgers University Senior Vice President for Research Michael E. Zwick.

“Fostering collaboration between our researchers and their American counterparts is key to furthering innovation and is a tremendous mechanism for driving economic activity,” said TAU President Ariel Porat. “These joint grants are another example of how Governor Murphy and New Jersey continue to be steadfast allies as we seek to grow our presence in the United States.”

The awards announced today are the latest in a series of collaborations between TAU and Rutgers University. Last year, the universities signed an agreement to further collaboration and to have TAU establish a presence at the New Jersey Innovation and Technology Hub, a 550,000-square-foot, $665 million project in New Brunswick that will be home to the new Rutgers Translational Research facility and the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, among other public and private entities. The two universities also previously held a monthly series of joint-scientific symposia.

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about state resources available to New Jersey entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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TRENTON, N.J. (September 16, 2022) – Governor Phil Murphy has appointed BioNJ President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Debbie Hart as the next Chair of the Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT), the Commission announced today. CSIT is tasked with leading the way in promoting the State as a home for academic and technological research, development, and commercialization.

The Governor signed legislation in 2018 re-establishing the former New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology as the CSIT and appointed Hart as the Commission’s Vice-Chair at that time. CSIT is comprised of representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as academia. To date, CSIT has provided nearly 150 startups with a total of over $6 million in funding.

“As we continue to invest in our state’s science, technology, engineering, and math sectors, CSIT’s role is becoming more important than ever,” Governor Murphy said. “Debbie has a long history of advocating for young, innovative companies in the Garden State and her decades of involvement has helped shape New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem and make it the ideal place for startups to grow and flourish.” 

Hart, who sits on numerous economic and academic boards statewide, has led BioNJ since its inception in 1994, after she worked with pharmaceutical industry leaders to establish the life sciences trade organization. BioNJ currently represents nearly 400 research-based life sciences organizations and stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem from the largest biopharmaceutical companies to early-stage startups.

“The passion Debbie has for helping emerging companies succeed shines through in everything she does, making her the perfect choice to be the next CSIT Chair,” said CSIT Executive Director Judith Sheft. “Debbie brings a unique perspective and set of skills to CSIT and is a tremendous asset to the Board as we work with our partners in the industry and academia to support startups growing in the Garden State.”

Sheft noted that CSIT offers a suite of resources to help New Jersey startups thrive. Examples of these tools include seed grant funding, voucher programs to help offset the cost of accessing facilities and equipment at New Jersey’s world-class universities, a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Direct Financial Assistance Program that helps bridge financing gaps for startups applying to Phase I or Phase II of the federal SBIR/STTR programs, and a Maternal and Infant Health R&D Grant Program that supports startups developing technology, therapeutics, and other solutions to address maternal and infant health challenges in New Jersey.  CSIT also manages the ReseachWithNewJersey.com portal that provides information on faculty, facilities, intellectual property and publications from five participating NJ universities (Montclair, NJIT, Princeton, Rowan and Rutgers).

“I thank Governor Murphy for his unwavering commitment to New Jersey’s startup community and for entrusting me with the vital task of heading the Board of such an important commission,” Hart said. “Under the Governor’s leadership, we have made significant strides in our efforts to recapture our role as a leader in innovation. I look forward to working with my fellow Board members, and the staff of CSIT, to put forth new programs and initiatives that will benefit businesses and researchers throughout the industry and New Jersey’s innovation economy as a whole.”

Hart succeeds Gunjan Doshi as CSIT Chair. Doshi stepped down from the position earlier this year.

To learn more about resources for startups within New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com/csit and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Attendees will learn how their licensed child care centers can apply for grants of up to $200,000 to make facility upgrades

TRENTON, N.J. (September 12, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that it will host virtual information sessions on September 15 and September 19 for applicants interested in applying to NJEDA’s Child Care Facilities Improvement Program. Funded at $54.5 million, this program builds upon Governor Phil Murphy’s comprehensive strategy to support New Jersey’s child care sector, which plays a vital role in our state’s long-term economic recovery.

Through Phase 1 of the Child Care Facilities Improvement Program, the NJEDA will provide nearly $15 million in grants between $50,000 – $200,000 to licensed child care centers in New Jersey to cover the costs of facility improvements that will contribute to high-quality early childhood learning environments. These interior and exterior improvements could include, but are not limited to, installing energy efficient windows, creating additional classroom space, purchasing new playground equipment, replacing flooring, remediating environmental hazards such as lead or mold, or putting in child-height sinks or toilets. A complete list of eligible uses can be found here.

During the sessions, attendees will receive a program overview, a walk-through of the application, and information on how to best prepare to apply.

The information sessions will take place at the following times:

Eligible applicants are child care center providers licensed by the Department of Children & Families as of June 4, 2021 that have enrolled in the last 12 months prior to the date of application at least one child receiving assistance through NJ Department of Human Services’ (NJDHS’s) Child Care Assistance Program. A complete list of eligibility requirements can be found at https://www.njeda.com/child-care-improvement-program/.

To help ensure that child care providers serving low-income children through the NJDHS’s Child Care Assistance Program receive the funding they need to survive and thrive, 40 percent of the Phase 1 funding will be set aside for child care providers in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts.


The application for the Child Care Facilities Improvement Program is expected to launch in October.

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Entities Statewide Can Receive up to $50,000 to Plan for the Redevelopment of Public Assets

TRENTON, N.J. (August 25, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is currently accepting applications for the New Jersey Asset Activation Planning Grant Program. This program offers grants to New Jersey communities and stakeholder groups to fund early-stage planning work focused on catalytic redevelopment and the adaptive reuse of vacant and underutilized public assets. With an award pool of up to $400,000, the New Jersey Asset Activation Planning Grant Program offers New Jersey public, private, and nonprofit entities grants of up to $50,000 for innovative projects that both revitalize community assets and drive equitable community growth. A link to the application can be found at https://www.njeda.com/asset-activation-planning-grant/.

“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a fundamental shift in how we approach repurposing distressed and vacant assets,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Under Governor Phil Murphy’s leadership, we continue to focus on supporting the creation of vibrant and inclusive cities and neighborhoods. Grants awarded through this program will strengthen the awardees’ ability to transform local underutilized public assets, which will lead to equitable growth opportunities in several New Jersey communities.” 

Projects must target distressed public assets, unutilized or underutilized public property, or unutilized public lands owned by a New Jersey municipality, county, independent authority, bureau, commission, or other public body. Proposed plans may include, but are not limited to, conceptual design, feasibility studies, and economic or market analyses. They should also demonstrate a strong connection to the State’s development objectives by creating or catalyzing a new business sector or target industry, driving economic growth and equity, creating an innovative use for an asset, expanding access to public transportation or public services, attracting employers and a diverse, talented workforce, expanding entrepreneurial opportunities and support local businesses, and/or improving land use efficiency and sustainability.

Applications for the New Jersey Asset Activation Planning Grant Program are being accepted until October 24, 2022, and will be reviewed and scored on a first-come, first served basis. Applications will be scored on asset impact, community engagement, previous experience, and other factors. A complete list of eligibility and scoring criteria can be found at https://www.njeda.com/asset-activation-planning-grant/.

Funding for the program is being provided through the NJEDA’s Economic Recovery Fund.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness. NJEDA is developing the Wind port on behalf of the State.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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TRENTON, N.J. (August 8, 2022) – The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation, and Technology (CSIT) today announced that it has awarded a combined $3.9 million in grants to 45 startups statewide through its Catalyst Seed Research and Development (R&D) Grant and Clean Tech Seed Grant programs. The awards will help these young companies accelerate development of their technologies and transform their discoveries from the research stage into commercially viable products and services.

“Funding New Jersey startups today through grant programs like the Catalyst Seed R&D Grant and the Clean Tech Seed Grant helps to guarantee a strong economy in the future and furthers Governor Phil Murphy’s vision for the state,” said CSIT Executive Director Judith Sheft. “Cultivating companies within our state during their formative years helps us to promote financial growth, sustainability, and economic mobility for years to come.”

CSIT’s Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program has awarded 27 early-stage startup companies a total of $2.6 million in funding through grants of up to $150,000 for life sciences startups focusing on drug development and therapeutics and up to $75,000 for R&D. Emerging companies receiving awards for R&D are involved in technological innovation across manufacturing, transportation and logistics, film and digital media, life sciences, non-retail food and beverage, finance and professional services, and technology sectors, all of which are identified as targeted industries in Governor Murphy’s economic development plan. Of those receiving awards from CSIT, 95 percent (25) of awardees have five or fewer employees, 43 percent (12) are certified as minority-owned businesses, and 30 percent (9) are certified women-owned. Additionally, 22 percent (6) awardees have licensed technology from a New Jersey university.

“New Jersey’s startups are amongst the very best in the nation and truly place the State at the forefront of innovation and conservation,” said CSIT Vice Chair and BioNJ Founding President and CEO Debbie Hart. “The Catalyst Seed R&D Grant and Clean Tech Seed Grant Programs reinforce the State’s commitment to its small businesses and nurtures advancements in a range of innovation areas including technology, life sciences, and clean tech sectors.”

A total of $1.3 million in funding will also be awarded to 18 companies chosen in Round 2 of the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program. The Clean Tech Seed Grant Program, which was jointly developed by CSIT and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), provides grants for R&D activities to very early-stage, New Jersey-based clean technology companies that will help them to advance their development on products and services to a point where they can more readily appeal to outside investors and, in some cases, begin to generate revenue. Seventy-two percent (13) of awardees have five or fewer employees. Additionally, 15 percent (3) of the awardees are certified as minority-owned businesses, and 15 percent (3) are certified women-owned. Eleven percent (two companies) awardees have licensed technology from a NJ university.

“Under Governor Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey has become one of the best places in the nation to grow and scale a company, especially a startup,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “CSIT’s Catalyst Seed R&D Grant and Clean Tech Seed Grant programs allow entrepreneurs to secure funding for vitally important research and new technologies that not only better our society, but also create new high-paying jobs grow our economy and solidify New Jersey’s reputation as a leader in equitable, diverse, and transformative innovation.” 

“Grants such as the Clean Tech Seed Program bring us one step closer to achieving Governor Murphy’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “Our partnership with NJEDA and CSIT, coupled with today’s announcement, exemplifies this Administration’s cross-agency approach to developing and implementing initiatives that will simultaneously help us meet our clean energy goals and grow our green economy with exciting innovation.”

The funding for the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program, which is being provided through the NJBPU’s Clean Energy Program, will advance innovation that will help the state achieve Governor Murphy’s clean energy goals as outlined in New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan.  The plan, created in 2019, helps to set New Jersey on a path toward 100 percent clean energy by 2050.  

A list of all awardees can be found below:

Catalyst Seed Grant Program
(Drug Development)

Applicant Name (Funding Amount)

Catalyst Seed Grant Program
Other Categories
Applicant Name (Funding Awarded)

Clean Tech Seed Grant Program Awardees

About CSIT

In August 2018, Governor Murphy signed legislation re-establishing the former New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology as the CSIT. Comprised of representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as academia, the Commission is tasked with leading the way in promoting the State as a home for academic and technological research, development, and commercialization.


About NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.


To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn. 

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 NJ ZIP will make an additional $45 million available and widen
eligibility to include heavy-duty vehicles later this year

LYNDHURST, N.J. (July 19, 2022) –The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced the expansion of the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP) to support businesses and institutions statewide that are purchasing new, zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operating in New Jersey. Last week, the NJEDA’s Board approved the $45 million expansion, through its Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) allocation, doubling the amount of funding dedicated to the program.

In addition to increased funding for the program, the NJEDA Board also approved two major eligibility changes from the earlier phase – expanding eligibility to include heavy-duty vehicle classes, and expanding statewide, beyond the four pilot communities in the first phase.

NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan was joined by Vanessa and Luis Abad outside the offices of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ), which was instrumental in promoting the pilot to business owners, to announce the expansion of the program. The Abads’ business, ENAT Transportation & Logistics, located in Ridgefield Park, was one of the first businesses approved for support under the program. The Abads and Sullivan, together with GreenPower Motor Company Regional Sales Manager Larry Sharp, placed “Powered by NJ ZIP” bumper stickers on four of the zero-emission medium-duty electric vehicles funded by NJ ZIP. GreenPower Motor Company is an authorized vendor under NJ ZIP from which ENAT Transportation & Logistics procured their vehicles.  

As of last month, the NJEDA had approved 144 NJ ZIP applications totaling $32.2 million in vouchers for zero-emission medium-duty vehicles, with more applications still in process. The NJEDA anticipates the expansion of the program will allow 200-400 additional vouchers to be awarded. Over 90 percent of the entities approved to date are small businesses, and approximately 57 percent are minority- and/or woman-owned. The vehicles supported so far through the program are expected to result in the reduction of annual carbon emissions by more than 6,500 short tons within the communities in which they operate.

“Over 40 percent of New Jersey’s carbon emissions are produced by vehicles, so helping small businesses make the transition to zero-emission technology is a key step toward accelerating Governor Phil Murphy’s efforts to improve air quality, and create economic opportunity within the state,” said Sullivan. “Small businesses participating in the program are poised to reap the benefits of electric vehicle ownership by modernizing their fleets with environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art vehicles that not only reduce fuel costs and require less maintenance, but mitigate the harmful environmental impacts of transportation emissions in communities across New Jersey.”

ENAT Transportation & Logistics, one of the first NJ ZIP awardees to receive its vehicles, is on its way to transitioning its entire commercial fleet to electric vehicles within the next five years and is currently working with Bergen Community College to serve as a location to house their zero-emission vehicles as part of the Bergen Community College Business Accelerator.

“NJ ZIP is a fantastic resource for small businesses like mine to afford transitioning to an electric fleet as we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and the additional bonus it provides gives woman-owned minority businesses, like mine, the opportunity for progress,” said Abad. “The additional $40,000 in bonuses we received for being a minority and women-owned small business has allowed us to compete with other transportation companies in an industry that has traditionally been operated by men.”

“NJ ZIP offers a clear and accessible path for businesses across New Jersey, especially those in underserved communities, to buy and drive electric vehicles,” said Sharp. “GreenPower Motor will continue to deliver some of the first commercial electric vans and trucks to New Jersey businesses that are taking a bold step in addressing climate change by reducing their carbon footprint. We look forward to continuing to supply future recipients with zero-emission vehicles through the NJ ZIP program.”

Another small business that recently received support from the NJ ZIP is Camden County-based Juan Kelmy Productions, LLC. Located in Sicklerville, this minority-owned small business is an event photography, marketing and web design company that serves the tri-state area.

“Our company is honored to be a recipient of NJ ZIP’s electric vehicle vouchers which will support our day-to-day business operations,” said Juan Kelmy Productions Owner Juan Martinez. “The funding received from this program further advances our commitment to clean energy initiatives that contribute to our zero-emission goals to transition into new electric vehicles.”

“The NJDEP is pleased to partner with the NJEDA to further reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change in our state,” said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Commissioner Shawn LaTourette. “As New Jersey’s transportation sector is the largest source of these emissions, the NJ ZIP expansion constitutes a significant step forward. These types of partnerships also demonstrate the power and strength of collaboration among State agencies. NJ ZIP supports small businesses with an eye toward transitioning their current vehicle fleet to zero emission alternatives, helping to protect the environment, improve public health, and advance our environmental justice and clean energy goals.”

In addition to expanding the program’s funding capacity, the NJEDA will also work to identify a New Jersey university partner to provide technical assistance as part of the NJ ZIP program. This assistance will provide critical guidance to small businesses as they are applying for zero-emission vehicle vouchers.

The NJEDA anticipates opening applications, including those for businesses in newly-eligible parts of the state, in the coming months. Vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information on NJ ZIP, including all eligibility requirements for vendors and purchasers, is available at https://www.njeda.com/njzip.


About New Jersey’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

In 2020, the NJEDA, along with the NJDEP and NJBPU, released the State’s first Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Strategic Funding Plan. The Plan identified the four initiatives the Agencies will invest the RGGI auction proceeds in for the years 2020 through 2022. NJ ZIP is funded by proceeds allocated to the NJEDA by the RGGI for the purposes of reducing harmful emissions, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by transportation emissions, and creating economic opportunity within the state.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority


The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.
 
To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. 

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TRENTON, N.J. (July 18, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Board (NJEDA) has approved the purchase of a 109.4-acre property which will enable the planned expansion of the NJ Wind Port in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County. The approval took place during last week’s Board meeting.

The New Jersey Wind Port is a first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment that will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast. At full build-out, the Wind Port has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs and drive billions of dollars in economic growth back into the New Jersey economy.

Phase 1 of the Wind Port broke ground in September 2021 with marshalling activities due to commence in early 2024. The purchase of the 109.4-acre property from NDEV LLC, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, will enable Phase 2 of the project as proposed, expanding the Port’s total footprint to over 220 acres and enabling it to support marshalling of two wind projects concurrently as well as up to three co-located manufacturing facilities.

“Today’s approval is another major step forward for the New Jersey Wind Port and for delivering on Governor Murphy’s goal of making New Jersey the engine room of the U.S offshore wind supply chain,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The ability to marshal two projects at once, with additional space for component manufacturing, will turbocharge job creation, opportunities for small businesses, and all forms of ancillary economic activity both locally and across the state.”

Sullivan added that expanded marshalling capacity will also help to alleviate the current shortfall in fit-for-purpose port capacity across the region, helping states up and down the U.S east coast to deliver on their wind targets on time and cost-effectively.

The 109.4-acre property is set directly north of property the NJEDA is leasing from PSEG Nuclear to develop Phase 1 of the NJ Wind Port. It is currently permitted as a confined disposal facility (CDF), with the permitting process to enable the Port’s expansion due to commence shortly. The purchase from NDEV LLC was for a negotiated price of $24.25 million.

The State of New Jersey is committed to constructing the New Jersey Wind Port using union labor and requires developers and contractors to pay prevailing wage. The State is also committed to setting a new standard for inclusion of women- and minority-owned businesses during construction of the New Jersey Wind Port. The NJEDA has established a requirement that at least 25 percent of subcontractors for the port construction are small businesses and at least 15 percent are women-, minority-, or veteran- owned. The project also includes worker diversity goals of 18 percent people of color and 6.9 percent women.

NJEDA expects to commence tenant selection for parcels of the property in the coming months.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness. NJEDA is developing the Wind port on behalf of the State.
 
To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Parcel to be Purpose-built for Tier 1 wind component manufacturing, Co-located with a Marshaling Port and with Ready Access to East Coast Offshore Wind Sites

Trenton, N.J. (May 20, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that it will shortly launch the next phase of its eagerly-anticipated tenant selection process for the New Jersey Wind Port. This phase will involve seeking offers from Tier 1 wind component manufacturers, such as blades, for an approximately 70-acre parcel of property at the Port.   

The New Jersey Wind Port, located on the Delaware River in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County, will be a transformative, hub-style port serving offshore wind projects in New Jersey and up and down the U.S. East Coast. The Port is being developed by the NJEDA on behalf of the State and represents a new approach to economic development that will spur both job creation and opportunities for businesses throughout the offshore wind supply chain. It has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs, with wind projects supported by the Port driving billions more dollars in economic growth.

The Port is situated at the geographical center of the United States’ burgeoning offshore wind sector – with approximately 40 gigawatts (GW) of committed and planned offshore wind projects along the East Coast, including 7.5 GW of projects off the coast of New Jersey. The Port will offer offshore wind industry tenants the following key features:

  • Access to the Atlantic Ocean free of vertical restrictions;
  • Upland acreage purpose-built for marshalling and component manufacturing;
  • A wide approach channel from the main Delaware River Channel;
  • A purpose-built heavy-lift wharf, comprising both delivery and installation berths; and
  • Heavy-haul Road connections between inland port parcels and the Wharf.

The NJEDA will shortly seek non-binding offers from Tier 1 offshore wind component manufacturers, such as blades manufacturers, for an approximately 70-acre parcel at the Port. The parcel is currently undeveloped but is intended to be purpose-built for manufacturing and would adjoin a deep-water port. The parcel would be connected to two marshalling parcels via a purpose-built heavy-haul road corridor, providing unrivalled cost efficiencies for a manufacturer and their developer clients. The NJEDA anticipates that the parcel will be available for sublease from late-2026. A notice for the sublease of property will be issued in coming weeks and will be available at Bidding Opportunities – NJEDA.

“There is simply no better site to anchor an offshore wind manufacturing facility in the nation than at the New Jersey Wind Port, the nation’s only purpose-built greenfield wind port and epicenter of the nation’s fast emerging wind supply chain hub,” said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “For a manufacturer, being co-located with two marshalling parcels means significantly lower logistics costs, a win for industry and a win for energy consumers. At the same time, being part of the nation’s supply chain hub means ready access to a growing ecosystem of tier two suppliers across Southern New Jersey and throughout the state.”

Home to a high concentration of skilled labor, a well-established maritime industry and workforce, and a network of highly-regarded colleges and universities, New Jersey is ideally-placed to drive the development of the offshore wind industry in the United States.

“Manufacturing critical components of the offshore wind supply chain here in New Jersey will not only benefit our own offshore wind projects, but the entire industry up and down the East Coast,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “By diversifying the manufacturing opportunities available, we will bring more jobs and economic development opportunities to the Garden State as we work to achieve Governor Murphy’s goal of 7.5 GW by 2035.”

Last fall, Governor Phil Murphy led the celebration for the New Jersey Wind Port’s groundbreaking, alongside Federal Secretary of Labor, Martin J. Walsh and a host of state and local officials. The event also included the signing of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), with the State committed to using union labor to construct the Port and to setting a new standard for inclusion of minority and women workers and business owners.

Governor Murphy announced last month that the NJEDA and Orsted North America had executed a letter of intent (LOI) for Orsted to marshal its Ocean Wind 1 project from the Port. As part of its bid to the NJBPU Orsted had proposed to marshal Ocean Wind from an interstate port, with its commitment to instead use the Wind Port creating over 200 pre-assembly, load out and stevedoring jobs in New Jersey that would otherwise have been lost to other states.

Core construction of the Wind Port commenced in January of this year, with the first phase of the Port due to reach completion in early 2024.

Further information on the Port is available at: https://www.nj.gov/windport/.

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about state resources available to New Jersey entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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