Prior to starting the application process we encourage you to read the information available on the website and reach out to an NJEDA representative via the Expression of Interest Form.
To provide interested businesses with clear understanding if a project is a good fit for the Emerge program the NJEDA has established a two-part application process, including a pre-application and a full application. The pre-application allows the NJEDA to conduct a preliminary analysis of the proposed project and ensures that interested businesses are aware of all the program requirements before investing additional time to complete the full application and paying the non-refundable application fee.
You should only fill out a pre-application if you have identified a potential project location in New Jersey. If you have not yet identified a potential project location in New Jersey, it is recommended that you first complete the Expression of Interest Form to speak with an NJEDA representative prior to filling out the pre-application.
Upon completion of this pre-application, an Emerge program team member will review the submitted information and determine if your project is a good fit for the program. If there is a good fit, the Emerge program team will suggest setting up a pre-application meeting before proceeding to the full application. Additional NJEDA programs will be presented to you in the event it is determined that your project is not a good fit for Emerge.
To provide a thorough review, please allow our team 3 to 4 days to provide you with an update after submitting your pre-application.
A sample of the full application can be found here: It is recommended that potential applicants review the full application requirements before submitting their pre-application. It is also highly recommended that applicants moving forward to submit the full application, draft responses and gather information based upon the sample application before starting to fill out the online application.
Once your full application has been submitted and the non-refundable application fee has been received, NJEDA will conduct a completeness review of your application.. After NJEDA deems an application complete, the applicant’s CEO will be asked to digitally confirm that all information provided in the application is accurate. After that, NJEDA will begin a full application review including detailed review of all documents and additional staff due diligence.
While we will work as diligently as possible, full application reviews may take up to several months based upon factors such as completeness of the responses included in the application and responsiveness on requests for additional information or documentation. During this time NJEDA may reach out to you if additional information is needed to complete your application review.
In the event of any questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org