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NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (CSIT)
NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
Maternal and Infant Health Research and Development (R&D) Grant Program

The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) expects to launch an online application for The Maternal and Infant Health Research and Development (R&D) Grant Program at 9:00 am on July 1, 2022 at https://www.njeda.com/maternal-and-infant-health-grant/. The application will be open through August 26, 2022 at 5pm. The Maternal and Infant Health R&D Grant Program has a total budget of $750,000 for grant awards of up to $75,000 each. This is a competitive grant. No fees will be charged for this program. Decisions on this grant award are expected to be made by the CSIT Board by January 2023.

Purpose

The goal of the Maternal and Infant Health R&D Grant Program is to support innovation from researchers and entrepreneurs focused on developing technology, therapeutics, and other solutions to address maternal and infant health challenges in New Jersey. The grant will engage early-stage innovation-based companies in New Jersey and help to accelerate research and development of technologies, transforming new discoveries from research stage into commercially viable products and services.

The grant funds will support the research and development of technologies, products and services that enhance the quality of care for and service delivery activities to women, infants, and healthcare agencies from prenatal care through the postpartum period.

Prenatal care is the health care a woman gets during pregnancy. Early and regular prenatal visits with a health care provider are important for the health of both the mother and the fetus. Prenatal care can help prevent complications and inform women about important steps they can take to protect their infant and ensure a healthy pregnancy. With regular prenatal care women can:

  • Reduce the risk of pregnancy complications.
  • Reduce the fetus’s and infant’s risk for complications.
  • Help ensure the medications women take are safe

The postpartum period, also known as the fourth trimester, refers to the time after delivery when maternal physiologic changes related to pregnancy return to the nonpregnant state. In addition to physiologic changes and medical issues that may arise during this period, health care providers emphasize the psychological needs of the postpartum mother.   

The Maternal and Infant Health R&D Grant Program is for companies conducting research and development or testing technologies related to maternal and infant health in the following target areas:

  • Life Sciences – (e.g., therapeutic drug development, medical devices),
  • Technology (e.g., digital and telehealth services and platform development, mental health services),
  • Food and beverage (non-retail).

Overview

The Maternal and Infant Health R&D Grant Program has a total budget of $750,000 for grant awards. Eligible applicants will receive awards of up to $75,000.

The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Support innovation from researchers and entrepreneurs focused on developing technology, therapeutics, and other solutions to address maternal and infant health challenges from prenatal to 12 months postpartum.
  1. Engage early-stage innovation-based companies in New Jersey to accelerate research and development of technologies to transform new discoveries from research stage into commercially viable products and services that impact maternal and infant health.

Program Details

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with awards going to the highest scoring applicants provided the minimum score is met. All materials must be submitted after July 1, 2022 at 9 am and before the grant application deadline on August 26, 2022 at 5:00pm.

Each approved grant will be valid for a period of 12 months (starting from date of the execution of the grant agreement). Any unused approved grant amounts will be cancelled after the 12-month period and returned to the program budget for future use.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Maternal and Infant Health R&D Grant Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of submission and throughout the application review period:

• Be authorized and in good standing to conduct business in New Jersey as evidenced by a current New Jersey tax clearance certificate (listing New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology). All certificates listing another state agency will be rejected.

• Have no more than 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers (FTE calculated on a 35-hour work week) at time of application.

• Have a minimum of one full-time worker (FTE calculated on a 35-hour work week). A founder can be counted as a worker; a worker may be paid or unpaid.

• Fifty percent or more of the cumulative hours worked by all workers, founders, and contractors must be conducted in New Jersey (as calculated on an FTE basis of 35 hours per week).

• Have less than or equal to $1,000,000 in 2021 calendar year sales revenue.

Scoring Criteria – the applicant must achieve a minimum score of 10 in the following criteria to be eligible for a grant.

  • Innovation (up to 5 points),
  • Implementation plan – budget and milestones (up to 5 points),
  • Community engagement and impact (up to 5 points),
  • Go-to-market strategy (up to 5 points),
  • Team (up to 5 points).

Bonus Points – Bonus points will be awarded to applicants that achieve the minimum score and are also:

  • New Jersey Certified women-owned business (2 points),
  • New Jersey Certified minority-owned business (2 points),
  • New Jersey Certified veteran-owned business (2 points),
  • Primary place of business/R&D located within an opportunity zone eligible census tract or primary place of business/R&D located within Trenton, Paterson, or Atlantic City (2 points).

Eligible Uses
The Maternal and Infant Health R&D Grant Program  funding can be used to maintain project activities and cover general operating costs.

The following expense categories are ineligible for funding by this grant:

  • Direct counseling and clinical services,
  • Manufacturing of products for sale or commercial use,
  • Real estate rental expenses,
  • Patient clinical trial expenses,
  • Construction costs.

Grant Amounts
Eligible applicants can receive grant awards of up to $75,000.

Application Process
The application will open at 9:00 am on July 1, 2022 at https://www.njeda.com/maternal-and-infant-health-grant/ and close on August 26 at 5:00pm. All applications to the Maternal and Infant Health Program must include the following documentation:

  1. Completed online application.
  2. To evidence that proof of concept has been achieved for the project. Submit one of the following:
    • Description of the proof-of-concept results,
    • Published paper outlining results achieved,
    • Detailed description of patent application for proposed technology,
    • Successful completion of a federal SBIR/STTR grant or contract related to the project,
    • Confirmation documentation from a university tech transfer office if the project relates to technology that has been developed at a university.
  3. Employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure and staffing (i.e., most recent New Jersey WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors)), Shareholder Agreement or K-1, or offer letters. Please note that if a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) is utilized, the applicant must submit confirmation of PEO-A form issued by the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL), These confirmations are issued on an annual basis and are valid for a year. See https://www.nj.gov/labor/ea/employer-services/leasing-companies/ for additional information on PEOs.
  4. Summary of most recent Internal Payroll (Q4 2020 or Q1 2021) indicating each employee name and number of hours worked per week.
  5. Most recent company tax filing: Federal 941 and either an NJ-CBT-100 (Schedule A), Form-1065 or Form -1040 (Schedule C), as applicable,  showing the total gross receipts or sales for the year.
  6. Current New Jersey tax clearance certificate (listing New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology). See https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_PREMIER_EBIZ/jsp/home.jsp. All certificates listing another state agency will be rejected.
  7. If applicable, copy of Women and/or Minority-owned business certification https://www.njportal.com/DOR/SBERegistry/Default/.
  8. If applicable, copy of Veteran-owned, Minority-owned, or Women-owned business certification.
  9. Completed Application Certifications.
  10. Completed CSIT Legal Debarment Questionnaire.
  11. Completed Non-Involvement in Russia/Belarus Certification.

The following steps detail the application submission process:

  • Applications will be open for a limited timeframe.
  • A document completeness review will be done on a rolling basis as applications are received.
  • Applicants with missing documentation will be notified and given 10 business days to submit missing documents.
  • After the missing documentation deadline, only complete applications will be evaluated and scored.
  • An evaluation committee will review and assign a score to each application, after receiving qualitative input from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). As part of the process, all complete applicants will be invited to make a brief presentation about their project to CSIT staff and SMEs.
  • In order to be eligible for funding, an applicant must receive a minimum of 10 of the available 25 points on the standard scoring criteria before allocation of bonus points.
  • If more applications are received than available funding, priority will be given to applications that score the highest against the scoring criteria.

Board Approval

The CSIT Board will make final decision on grant award winners.

Fees

No fees will be collected by CSIT for this program.

Additional Information

Other Terms & Conditions
For two years from the date of the grant agreement, workers and consultants who continue working on the project must conduct 50 percent of their work in a New Jersey location. Failure to comply will trigger a requirement that the applicant make full re-payment of the grant award.

All grant awardees must report economic impact data to CSIT upon the completion of the project for a period of two years by submitting an Economic Impact Questionnaire provided by CSIT.

All grant awardees are asked to commit to participate in one in-person interim site visits from the CSIT/EDA team for update on project.

All grant awardees are asked to commit to participate in future CSIT/NJEDA alumni activities, such as serving as a panel member or participating in interviews about program experience.

Confidentiality
Applications received will be reviewed only by staff of CSIT, NJEDA, and participating universities/colleges, federal labs, and non-profit organizations. All applications submitted will be subject to requests for disclosure, including but not limited to requests pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. If the applicant believes that information contained in its proposal merits confidential treatment pursuant to OPRA, any such purportedly confidential information submitted must be specifically identified and marked by the applicant as such.

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Main Street Lenders Grant
Notice of Funding Availability

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will begin accepting applications for the Main Street Lenders Grant at 10:00 a.m.  on May 25,2022. The application can be accessed at https://www.njeda.com/main-street-lenders-grant/ applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.  A $1,000 application fee is required at time of application.

Please be advised that the Main Street Lenders Grant is a grant program for organizations that lend to micro businesses, and is NOT a direct grant to micro businesses.

Purpose

The Main Street Lenders Grant – a pilot product under the Main Street Recovery Finance Program, N.J.S.A. 34:1B-351 et seq- is offering lending grants of up to $1,000,000 to be used by eligible micro business lenders to create new or supplement existing micro business loan products.  Lenders may also be eligible for an additional technical assistance grant equal to 50 percent of the lending grant request to better prepare micro businesses to qualify for these or other loan products. The Main Street Lenders Grant will be available to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs); Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs); and other eligible lenders, as defined in N.J.S.A. 34:1B-353.

Grants will be disbursed at time of closing. All lending and technical assistance funds must be disbursed within three years from the NJEDA grant closing date.

Overview

On August 11, 2021, NJEDA’s Board approved the creation of the Main Street Recovery Finance Program – one of over 15 programs under the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, P.L. 2020, c. 156 as amended by P.L. 2021, c. 160. On November 13, 2021, NJEDA’s board approved the creation of the Main Street Lenders Grant under the Main Street Recovery Finance Program, N.J.S.A. 34:1B-351 et seq. Beyond meeting the statutory definition, the Authority will require that any entity applying for the lending grant have a demonstrated history of 10 years experience serving small and micro businesses. Furthermore, any entity applying for the technical assistance grant must demonstrate two years experience providing technical assistance to micro businesses either directly, or in collaboration with a technical assistance partner. The intent is for these grants to enable lending entities to provide micro businesses with technical assistance, and then to be able to offer a loan product to the micro business upon completion of the technical assistance.

Program Details

The Main Street Lenders Grant will offer two types of grants to eligible entities. The first type of grant is a lending grant used as funding for new micro business lending products or as supplemental funding for existing micro business lending products. The maximum lending grant that can be awarded to each entity is $1 million. The second type of grant, available as a complement to the lending grant, is a technical assistance grant. The technical assistance grant will support eligible entities with the costs associated with providing technical assistance to micro businesses to best prepare and position these micro businesses to qualify for micro business loans. The maximum technical assistance grant an eligible lending entity may receive is 50 percent of the lending grant request amount (not to exceed $500,000). Only lenders that receive a lending grant are eligible for the technical assistance grant.

Currently, the program has $15 million in funding; it may be expanded as additional funds become available. Forty percent of all funding is set-aside for businesses located in eligible New Jersey Opportunity Zone census tracts.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must have at least 10 years of small and micro business lending experience. These lending entities may be based outside of New Jersey but must use funds to service eligible New Jersey-based businesses only. If applying for the technical assistance grant, the lending entity must also demonstrate two years of experience providing technical assistance to micro businesses.

Applicants must be one of the following:

  • Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) as defined NJAC 19:315.2; a community development financial institution certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
  • Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) as recognized by the FDIC;
  • Entities defined as “other eligible lenders” under NJSA 34:1B-353(b), which includes: “a zone development corporation as defined in section 3 of P.L. 1983, c. 303 (C.52:27H-62) that is located in a municipality with a population greater than 100,000 or a nonprofit lender with at least 10 years’ experience lending to micro and small businesses.

As part of the evaluation of each organization’s grant application, the applicant must:

  • Demonstrate the applicant has 10 years of lending experience to micro and small businesses. 
  • Provide a recap of portfolio activity in the last 10 years from the date of application demonstrating growth in capacity and lending efforts in the last year. For the previous year the applicant must provide a breakout of percentage of micro businesses served (using NJEDA’s definition of a micro business defined as a business in New Jersey with ten or fewer full-time employees and no greater than $1.5 million in annual revenues).  This percentage of micro businesses served in the last year must be at least 20% to be eligible.
  • Provide detailed information related to the new product that will be created with these funds, or existing loan programs that will be leveraged with these funds, and that these products will meet Main Street Lender Grant product specifications for flexible loan products. A product term sheet must be provided as part of application and highlight eligibility criteria, loan terms, fees, and any other necessary criteria.
  • Explain the applicant’s policy or plan for serving communities and business segments underserved by the banking sector and other financial institutions and show significant experience complying with such policy or plan. 
  • Provide a detailed marketing plan on how this product will be marketed to attract new micro businesses owners.  The plan should highlight what steps will be taken to ensure the product will serve all micro business owners.  Demonstrate how the target of closing 40 percent of loans in eligible Opportunity Zone Census Tracts will be achieved.  Applicants must offer their product information in other languages, identifying the specific languages. 
  • Demonstrate at least two years experience providing technical assistance to small and micro business owners. Applicant-lender must be able to document direct technical assistance experience or document an association with a for-profit or non-profit entity that will be providing such eligible technical assistance activities to micro businesses looking to pursue the lending product.  The applicant must provide the number of businesses served within the two years experience and the direct services provided, and indicate how the businesses served leveraged this support.
  • Complete an online grant application to include a 1-3 page narrative proposal detailing how grant funding will be used and disclose financial metrics, such as the availability of capital, to demonstrate the applicant lender’s ability to offer loan products.
  • Be in substantial good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the New Jersey Department of Treasury at the time of application. A current tax clearance certification must be provided prior to approval, unless the applicant is not required to register with the Division of Taxation.

After execution of the grant agreement, the receiving entity must:

  • Adhere to quarterly reporting requirements specified and provided by NJEDA.
  • Fully disburse all NJEDA grant funds within three years from NJEDA grant agreement closing date to eligible micro businesses.
  • Close 40 percent of loans funded by the grant to businesses that are in Opportunity Zone Census Tracts by the end of the three years grant period.

Failure to abide by the terms of the grant agreement may result in recapture of the grant funds.  If grant funds are not used for eligible reasons as identified, then the lending entity is responsible for repayment to NJEDA. Any portion of the grant funds that remain unused three years from the NJEDA grant closing date must be returned to NJEDA.

Eligible Uses

Main Street Lenders Grant funding can only by used to create or supplement an existing lending product. The product must provide term working capital loans to qualified micro businesses offering the following features: 

  • The micro businesses must have less than 10 full time employees at the time of application and have less than $1.5 million in annual revenue (based on their last federal tax return required to be filed).
  • The micro businesses must have a commercial location in New Jersey, which can be a home-based business.
  • The loans may be used by the micro businesses for any purpose except restructuring existing debts or financing, any construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration, repair work, maintenance work, or construction related to installation of equipment where such activity exceeds $1,999.99.  Additionally, home-based businesses are not permitted to use the working capital loans for rent, mortgage, property tax payments, utilities, or for the purchase of equipment that attaches to the property. Examples of permitted uses are equipment purchases, rolling stock, and operating expenses such as payroll, marketing, inventory, rent, mortgage/property tax payments, utilities, or any other expenses that are applicable to the daily operation of the business.
  • Home-based businesses, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities, sole proprietors, and/or startups may be eligible to participate. 
  • Lending entities are required to collect a current New Jersey Business Tax Clearance Certificate from micro business applicants, if applicable.
  • The minimum credit score required of the micro business to qualify for the loan must be under 650.
  • Terms of the loan to applicants can go up to a 10-year term.
  • Upon loan closing, a payment moratorium period of at least 12 months must be provided to the micro businesses.
  • The loan product offered must be fully amortizing to avoid balloon payments.
  • Interest rates cannot exceed five percent on each loan.
  • Loan amounts must be no greater than $100,000 and no lower than $10,000.
  • The product must allow for a minimum Debt Service Coverage Ratio on this program of 1.0, but the personal cash flow of the micro business owners who are personal guarantors may be considered.
  • Application fees may be charged, but shall not exceed one percent of the loan amount. 
  • No prepayment penalty may be charged to the micro businesses.
  • Collateral and personal guarantees are optional, as determined by lending entity.
  • The program can allow for loan modifications as determined by entity.
  • The lending entity must lend and disburse 40 percent of the total lending grant to micro businesses located in Opportunity Zone Census Tracts.
  • Lenders shall not provide any financial assistance to micro businesses that are engaged in any of the following: the conduct or purveyance of “adult” (i.e., pornographic, lewd, prurient, obscene or otherwise similarly disreputable) activities, services, products or materials (including nude or seminude performances or the sale of sexual aids or devices); any auction, bankruptcy, fire, “lost-our-lease,”  “going-out of business,” or similar sale; sales by transient merchants, Christmas tree sales, or other outdoor storage; or any activity constituting a nuisance. 

Applicants applying for the lending grant can also apply for a technical assistance grant.  This grant is for micro businesses to be able to pursue or prepare to apply for a loan.  The applicant must have the required two years of experience or use a partner to that has the required experienced and services micro businesses.  The eligible uses for the technical assistance grant are:

Technical assistance services may only be offered to micro businesses that meet the definition of a micro business and are pursuing financing. The technical assistance services offered by the lender that this grant can support may include, but are not limited to:

  • Loan packaging assistance to applicants (for example, hiring new staff to directly serve those NJ-based micro businesses applying for new or existing loan products funded by the lending grant).
  • Credit repair services that may be offered to help loan applicants repair their credit score to be eligible for new or existing loan products funded by the lending grant.
  • Business plan preparation services.
  • Projection preparation assistance for entities that need such information for their loan application.
  • QuickBooks and Excel training services to help micro business owners better track their business operations.
  • Online and social media specific marketing to help a micro business grow their operations and customer base.
  • E-commerce services to help micro business owners pivot into better servicing their customer through a website (either creating or updating a current website) or to set up an e- commerce platform and pay for subscription fees.

Grant Amounts

The Lending Grant can be up to a $1 million request and the technical assistance grant can be up to 50 percent of the lending grant request but cannot exceed $500,000.  Total grant award cannot be more than $1.5 million per applicant.   

Application Process

Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis based upon the date the NJEDA receives a completed application submission. The application can be accessed at https://www.njeda.com/main-street-lenders-grant/

Fees

A $1,000 non-refundable application fee per application is required at time of application.

Additional Information

Comprehensive information about the Main Street Lenders Grant is available at https://www.njeda.com/main-street-lenders-grant/

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NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (CSIT)
NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
Clean Tech Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program – Round 2

The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) expects to launch an online application for the Clean Tech Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program – Round 2 at 9:00 am on May 2, 2022 at www.njeda.com/csit.  Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis as long as program funds are available.  No fees will be charged for this program.

Purpose

This grant opportunity is issued by the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), seeking applications from qualified applicants for the Clean Tech Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program, Round 2 to support early-stage businesses in the State.  The goal of the program is to support New Jersey based early-stage clean tech/clean energy company efforts to accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies to transform new discoveries from research stage into commercially viable technologies, leading to industry and investor interest in the following target areas:

  • Chemicals/Advance Materials
  • Energy Distribution/Storage
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Generation
  • Green Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Waste Processing
  • Water and Agriculture.

Overview

The Clean Tech R&D Voucher Pilot Program, Round 2 has a total budget of $375,000 for voucher awards. Funding for the program is provided by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). The program will be implemented by CSIT and NJEDA, and technical support will be provided at participating university/college facilities, federal lab facilities and makerspaces.

The objectives of the program are to:

  1. improve awareness, access to and utilization of New Jersey’s world-leading equipment, facilities and makerspaces; and
  2. subsidize access to research and development equipment, facilities and makerspaces for small New Jersey-based companies that are developing innovative technologies in the clean energy/clean tech space.

Program Details

The program will subsidize the cost of access to participating New Jersey facilities and makerspaces for businesses to access equipment, labs, and facilities for clean energy/clean technological research and development. An asset map listing New Jersey university/college and federal laboratory facilities will be available on the CSIT webpage (www.njeda.com/csit).

Each approved voucher will be valid for a period of six  months, starting from date of the execution of the Voucher Agreement. Any unused approved voucher amounts will be cancelled after the six  month period and returned to the program budget for future use. At CSIT’s sole discretion, a one-time voucher extension of up to three months may be approved if requested in writing.

Provided that funding is available, all complete applications that meet the eligibility criteria and are in compliance with the required documentation are eligible for funding.

Eligibility

To be eligible for  the Clean Tech R&D Voucher Pilot Program, Round 2, applicant companies must:

  • Be registered to conduct business in New Jersey at the time of application.
    • Have no more than 25 full-time employees (FTE calculated on a 35 hour work week) at time of application.
    • One hundred percent of project work for which the voucher is being sought must be conducted in New Jersey.
    • A minimum of one  full-time employee must be working in New Jersey at time of application, during the review process and throughout the voucher duration (FTE calculated on a 35-hour work week).
    • Fifty percent or more of the total work of the applicant company’s employees, including founders, and contractors must be conducted in New Jersey (FTE calculated on a 35-hour work week).
    • The applicant company must obtain a signed approval letter from a participating facility confirming that they are capable and willing to provide the services that will be supported by the voucher.
    • The applicant company must be developing or testing clean technologies intended to avoid emissions of, or recapture of, greenhouse gases and/or criteria pollutants, or to enable such avoidance or recapture in the following target areas:
      • Chemicals/Advance Materials
      • Energy Distribution/Storage
      • Energy Efficiency
      • Energy Generation
      • Green Buildings
      • Transportation
      • Waste Processing
      • Water and Agriculture.

Applicant companies must have 25 or fewer full-time employees (FTE calculated on a 35 hour work week) to receive a voucher to cover the cost of the service or access to a participating facility.

To participate a facility must:

All applicant projects must be for a minimum technology development level of TRL 1 (Basic research) through a maximum developmental level of TRL 7 (Full- scale, similar (prototypical) system demonstrated in relevant environment). Please consult Attachment A for an explanation of these US Department of Energy definitions.

Eligible Uses

Eligible applicants can receive vouchers of $1,000 up to $25,000 to defray one hundred percent the costs associated with any of the following services or activities in a participating New Jersey university or federal laboratory facility:

  1. Use of facility equipment and technicians for testing and development.
  2. Training in preparation for independent use of the facility equipment.

The vouchers are intended for specific, early-stage clean tech/clean energy-related development projects. All requests should be specifically related to the particular project for which the voucher is sought. The following uses are ineligible under this program:

  • Manufacturing of products for sale or commercial use.
  • Real estate rental expenses.

Grant Amounts

Eligible applicants can receive vouchers of $1,00 up to $25,000.  Each eligible applicant can apply for multiple vouchers up to a cap of $25,000 in the aggregate over any 12-month period.

Voucher award funds will be disbursed by CSIT to the eligible applicant after the completion of the scope of work at the corresponding facility, submission of an approved project completion report, and an expense invoice detailing the costs expended and services provided.

Application Process

The application will open at 9:00 am on May 2, 2022 at www.njeda.com/csit.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as long as program funds are available.  All applications to the Clean Tech R&D Voucher Pilot Program must include the following documentation:

  1. Completed online application via CSIT Portal including a
    • Signed Application Certification and
    • Completed CSIT Legal Debarment Questionnaire.
  2. Summary of the most recent internal applicant company payroll (detailing information on each employee of the company, number of hours worked per week and primary work location).
  3. Current employee information as appropriate for the applicant company’s structure and staffing (i.e., most recent Federal 941, NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1).
  4. Current New Jersey tax clearance certificate listing New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology. (See https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_PREMIER_EBIZ/jsp/home.jsp.) All certificates that do not specifically list CSIT will be rejected.
  5. Approval letter from a participating New Jersey university or federal laboratory facility.
  6. Copy of a signed agreement between the applicant and facility.

The following steps detail the application submission process:

  1. All companies wishing to apply must begin their application by completing the intake portion of the application.  This includes questions concerning the applicant; the proposed scope of work; the type of facilities for which access is being requested; and if known, the New Jersey university or federal laboratory at which such facilities are located; and program eligibility information. CSIT will review the intake information and forward the project technical requirements to the  Clean Tech Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program university/college and federal laboratory review committee
  2. The university/college and federal laboratory review committee (consisting of representatives from each participating university/college and federal laboratory facility) will review the intake forms of each applicant on a rolling basis and direct the application to the relevant facility where the applicant intends to work  or the most suitable facility to conduct work
  3. Facility staff will contact each applicant to submit a detailed project proposal describing the intended scope of work. The applicant and the participating facility will review the scope of work and, if the participating facility agrees to the work, the applicant will complete the facility’s application process and sign any relevant forms with the university/college or federal laboratory. The facility will then issue an approval letter to the applicant for the CSIT program detailing the services to be provided and the full cost before application of a voucher.
  4. CSIT will provide the applicant a submission code to finalize their  application  with all required documentation,  including the approval letter and a copy of any facility agreements from the participating facility. The application must be completed within six weeks of the receipt of the submission code from CSIT.  If the application is not completed, the approval will be cancelled, and the reserved funds returned to the program budget.
  5. All submitted applications will be reviewed by CSIT for document completeness and compliance on a rolling basis. Following the completeness review, applicants with missing documentation will receive an email notification from CSIT to re-submit any missing or incomplete required documentation.
  6. Once an application has been reviewed and approved, the voucher funds will be reserved for six months from the date of the voucher reservation approval letter. During this period, the applicant and CSIT must execute a Voucher Agreement detailing the terms and conditions of the voucher and complete the voucher use at the respective facility. At CSIT’s sole discretion, a voucher reservation may be extended for one three-month period if requested in writing prior to expiration.
  7. At the end of the voucher period, the applicant will submit to CSIT a completion report detailing the scope of work achieved during the voucher and an expense invoice detailing the costs expended and services provided.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application will enable applicants to provide an electronic Application Certification by uploading a signed PDF. However, if an applicant prefers not to provide an electronic Application Certification, the applicant may:

i. Mail a hard copy of the signed Application Certification postmarked to CSIT at:

Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology Attn: Judith Sheft (Executive Director)

36 W State Street PO Box 990

Trenton, NJ 08625

AND

ii. Email CSIT (csitcleantech@njeda.com) with the subject line: “MAILED Application Certification Clean Tech R&D Voucher Pilot Program – Round 2” indicating that the certification document has been mailed. Only the signed CSIT Application Certification maybe mailed. The rest of the application must be submitted through the online system.

If an applicant chooses to mail a hard copy of the application certification, the application will only be considered complete once the original signed CSIT application certification is received by CSIT.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, it may take longer than usual for applicants to obtain certain State documentation, such as the New Jersey Tax Clearance Certificate. If an applicant has attempted to obtain but has not received documentation, the applicant must provide CSIT with correspondence or receipts that demonstrate the attempt to obtain the  documentation.

Fees

No fees will be collected by CSIT for this program.

Additional Information

Other Terms and Conditions

For two years from the date of the Voucher Agreement, employees and consultants who continue working on the project must conduct all of their work in a New Jersey location.  Failure to comply will trigger a requirement that the applicant make full re-payment of the grant award.

All Voucher awardees must annually report economic impact data to CSIT upon the completion of the project for a period of two years, as will be outlined in the Voucher Agreement and by submitting an Economic Impact Questionnaire provided by CSIT.

All voucher awardees are asked to commit to participate in future CSIT/NJEDA/BPU alumni activities, such as serving as a panel member or participating in interviews.

Confidentiality

Applications received will be reviewed only by staff of CSIT, NJEDA and participating university facilities. All applications submitted will be subject to requests for disclosure, including but not limited to,  requests pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”)

N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. If the applicant believes that information contained in its proposal merits confidential treatment pursuant to OPRA, any such purportedly confidential information submitted to the Authority must be specifically identified and marked by the applicant as such.

Attachment A: Technology Readiness Level[1] (TRL)

TRL 1
Basic Research: Initial scientific research has been conducted. Principles are qualitatively postulated and observed. Focus is on new discovery rather than applications

TRL 2
Applied Research: Initial practical applications are identified. Potential of material or process to solve a problem, satisfy a need, or find application is confirmed

TRL 3
Critical Function or Proof of Concept Established: Applied research advances and early-stage development begins. Studies and laboratory measurements validate analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology

TRL 4
Lab Testing/Validation of Alpha Prototype Component/Process: Design, development and lab testing of components/processes. Results provide evidence that performance targets may be attainable based on projected or modeled systems

TRL 5
Laboratory Testing of Integrated/Semi-Integrated System: System Component and/or process validation is achieved in a relevant environment

TRL 6
Prototype System Verified: System/process prototype demonstration in an operational environment (beta prototype system level)

TRL 7
Integrated Pilot System Demonstrated: System/process prototype demonstration in an operational environment (integrated pilot system level)

TRL 8
System Incorporated in Commercial Design: Actual system/process completed and qualified through test and demonstration (pre-commercial demonstration)

TRL 9
System Proven and Ready for Full Commercial Deployment: Actual system proven through successful operations in operating environment, and ready for full commercial deployment


[1] TRL levels summarized from Department of Energy (DOE) Report

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NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (CSIT)
NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
Catalyst Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program

The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) expects to launch an online application for the Catalyst Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program at 9:00 am on May 2, 2022 at www.njeda.com/csit.  Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis as long as program funds are available.  No fees will be charged for this program.

Purpose

This grant opportunity is issued by the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), seeking applications from qualified applicants for Catalyst Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program to support early-stage companies in the State.  The goal of the program is to support New Jersey based early-stage company efforts to accelerate development and innovation of technologies to transform new discoveries from research stage into commercially viable technologies, leading to industry and investor interest in the following target areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Transportation and Logistics
  • Film and Digital Media
  • Life Sciences – Therapeutic Drug Development
  • Life Sciences – Other
  • Non-Retail Food and Beverage
  • Professional and Financial Services
  • Technology.

Overview

Catalyst R&D Voucher Pilot Program has a total budget of $275,000 for voucher awards. Funding for the program is provided by funds from CSIT’s FY2023 budget appropriation. The program will be implemented by CSIT and technical support will be provided at participating universities/colleges, federal labs and non-profit organizations.

The objectives of the program are to:

  1. improve awareness, access to and utilization of New Jersey’s world-leading equipment, facilities, and makerspaces; and
  2. subsidize access to research and development equipment, facilities and makerspaces for small New Jersey based companies that are developing innovative technologies.

Program Details

The program will subsidize the cost of access to any New Jersey participating university/college, non-profit organization and federal lab for early-stage companies to access equipment and facilities for technological research and development. An asset map listing participating facilities will be available on the CSIT webpage (www.njeda.com/csit).

Each approved voucher will be valid for a period of 12 months (starting from date of the execution of the voucher agreement). Any unused approved voucher amounts will be cancelled after the twelve (12) month period and returned to the program budget for future use.  At CSIT’s sole discretion, a voucher reservation may be extended for one three-month period if requested in writing prior to expiration.

Provided that funding is available, all complete applications that meet the eligibility criteria and are in compliance with the required documentation are eligible for funding.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Catalyst R&D Voucher Pilot Program, the applicant company must:

  • Be registered to conduct business in New Jersey at the time of application.
  • Have no more than 25 full-time employees (FTE calculated on a  35 hour work week) at time of application, until the voucher is awarded and throughout the voucher duration.
  • One hundred percent of project work for which the voucher is being sought must be conducted in New Jersey.
  • A minimum of one full-time employee must be working in New Jersey at the time of application, until the voucher is awarded and throughout the voucher duration (FTE calculated on a 35 hour work week).
  • Fifty percent or more of the total work of the applicant company’s  employees and contractors must be conducted in New Jersey (FTE calculated on a 35 hour work week).
  • The applicant company must obtain a signed approval letter from a participating university/college, federal lab or non-profit organization confirming that the facility is capable of and willing to provide the services that will be supported by the voucher.
  • The applicant company must be developing or testing technologies in the following target areas:
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Advanced Transportation and Logistics
    • Film and Digital Media
    • Life Sciences – Therapeutic Drug Development
    • Life Sciences – Other
    • Non-Retail Food and Beverage
    • Professional and Financial Services
    • Technology.

Applicant companies must have  25 full-time employees (FTE calculated on a  35 hour work week) or less to receive a voucher to cover the cost of the service and facility access.

To participate a facility must:

  • be in a two or four-year college or university (public, state, or non-profit) located in New Jersey, or a federal or non-profit organization located in New Jersey,
  • allow outside businesses to utilize research and development facilities on a fee-for-service basis, and
  • provide a contact person to facilitate requests and participate in Catalyst Voucher Committee meetings.

Eligible Uses

Eligible applicants can receive vouchers to defray the costs associated   with any of the following services or activities in participating facilities:

  • Access to core lab facilities, equipment, makerspaces and technology centers.
  • Use of facility equipment and technicians for testing and development.
  • Training in preparation for independent use of the facility equipment or makerspaces.

The vouchers are intended for specific, early-stage development projects (Projects). All requests should be specifically related to the particular Project for which the voucher is sought. The following uses are ineligible under the Program:

  • manufacturing of products for sale or commercial use,
  • real estate rental expenses, and
  • patient clinical trial expense.

Grant Amounts

Eligible applicants can receive vouchers of $1,000 up to $25,000 .  Each eligible applicant can apply for multiple vouchers up to a cap of $25,000 in the aggregate over any 12-month period.

Application Process

The application will open at 9:00 am on May 2, 2022 at www.njeda.com/csit.  Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis as long as program funds are available. All applications to the  Catalyst R&D Voucher Pilot Program must include the following documentation:

  • Completed online application via CSIT Portal including a
    • Signed Application Certification and
    • Completed CSIT Legal Debarment Questionnaire.
  • Summary of the most recent internal applicant company payroll (detailing information on each employee of the company, number of hours worked per week and primary work location).
  • Current employee information as appropriate for  the applicant company’s structure and staffing  (i.e., most recent Federal 941, NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1).
  • Current New Jersey tax clearance certificate listing New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology. (See https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_PREMIER_EBIZ/jsp/home.jsp.) All certificates that do not specifically list CSIT will be rejected.
  • Approval letter from a participating facility.
  • Copy of a signed facility agreement between the applicant and facility.

 

The following steps detail the application submission process:

  1. All companies must begin their application by completing the intake portion of the application. This includes questions concerning the applicant; the proposed scope of work; the type of facilities for which access is being requested; and if known, the university/college, federal lab or non-profit organization at which such facilities are located; and program eligibility information. CSIT will review the intake information and forward the project technical requirements to the  Catalyst R&D Voucher Pilot Program facility review committee.
  2. The facility review committee (consisting of representatives from each participating university/college, federal lab or non-profit organization) will review the intake forms of each applicant on a rolling basis and direct the application to the  facility the applicant intends to work with or the most suitable facility to conduct the work.
  3. Facility staff will contact each applicant to submit a detailed Project proposal describing the intended scope of work. The applicant and the participating facility will review the scope of work and, if the participating facility agrees to the work, the applicant will complete the facility’s application process and sign any relevant forms. The facility will then issue an approval letter to the applicant for the program detailing the services to be provided and the full cost before application of a voucher.
  4. CSIT will provide the applicant a submission code to finalize their  application with all required documentation including the approval letter and a copy of any facility agreements from the participating facility. The application must be completed within six  weeks of the receipt of the submission code from CSIT.  If the application is not completed, the approval will be cancelled, and the reserved funds returned to the program budget.
  5. All submitted applications will be reviewed by CSIT for document completeness and compliance on a rolling basis. Following the completeness review, applicants with missing documentation will receive an email notification from CSIT to re-submit any missing or incomplete required documentation.
  6. Once an application has been reviewed and approved, the voucher funds will be reserved for 12 months from the date of the voucher reservation approval letter. During this period, the applicant and CSIT must execute a voucher agreement detailing  the terms and conditions of the voucher and complete the voucher use at the respective facility. At CSIT’s sole discretion, a voucher reservation may be extended for one three-month period if requested in writing prior to expiration.
  7. At the end of the voucher period, the applicant will submit to CSIT a completion report detailing the scope of work achieved with the voucher and an expense invoice detailing the costs expended and services provided.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application will enable applicants to provide an electronic Application Certification by uploading a signed PDF. However, if an applicant prefers not to provide an electronic Application Certification, the applicant may:

i. Mail a hard copy of the signed Application Certification to CSIT at:

Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology

Attn: Judith Sheft (Executive Director)

36 W State Street PO Box 990

Trenton, NJ 08625

AND

ii. Email CSIT (csitcatalyst@njeda.com) with the subject line: “MAILED Application Certification Catalyst Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program” indicating that the certification document has been mailed. Only the signed CSIT Application Certification may be mailed.  The rest of the application must be submitted through the online system.

If an applicant chooses to mail a hard copy of the Application Certification, the application will only be considered complete once the original signed CSIT Application Certification is received by CSIT.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, it may take longer than usual for applicants to obtain certain documentation, such as the New Jersey Tax Clearance Certificate. If an applicant has attempted to obtain but has not received documentation, the applicant must provide CSIT with correspondence or receipts that demonstrate the attempt to obtain the documentation.

All New Jersey Tax Clearance Certificates MUST be submitted before any recommendation of an award will be made with respect to that applicant

Fees

No fees will be collected by CSIT for this program.

Additional Information

Other Terms & Conditions

For two years from the date of the Voucher Agreement, employees and consultants who continue working on the project must conduct all of their work in a New Jersey location. Failure to comply will trigger a requirement that the applicant make full re-payment of the grant award.

All voucher awardees must report economic impact data to CSIT upon the completion of the project for a period of two  years, as will be outlined in the Voucher Agreement, and by submitting an Economic Impact Questionnaire provided by CSIT.

All voucher awardees must commit to participate in future CSIT/NJEDA alumni activities, such as serving as a panel member or participating in interviews about Program experience.

Confidentiality

Applications received will be reviewed only by staff of CSIT, NJEDA and participating universities/colleges, federal labs and non-profit organizations. All applications submitted will be subject to requests for disclosure, including but not limited to,  requests pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. If the applicant believes that information contained in its proposal merits confidential treatment pursuant to OPRA, any such purportedly confidential information submitted to the Authority must be specifically identified and marked by the applicant as such.

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COVID-19 Outbreak
NEW JERSEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
Commuter and Transit Bus Private Carrier Pandemic Relief and Jobs Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will begin accepting applications for the Commuter and Transit Bus Private Carrier Pandemic Relief and Jobs Program at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022. The deadline to apply is 3:00 PM on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The application can be accessed at https://www.njeda.com/bus-relief/. A fee of $1,000 is due at the time of application.

Language Assistance

Please see below for multilingual versions of this Notice of Funding Availability. If you need language assistance, please send NJEDA your name, spoken language and telephone number to languagehelp@njeda.com

español (Spanish)
ATENCIÓN: si habla español, los servicios de asistencia lingüística, gratuitos, están disponibles para usted enviando un correo electrónico a languagehelp@njeda.com.

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粵語 Traditional Chinese (Cantonese Chinese)
注意:如果您說粵語,可以透過傳送電子郵件至 languagehelp@njeda.com 免費獲取語言協助服務。

普通语 Simplified Chinese (Mandarin Chinese)
注意:如果您说普通语,可以通过发送电子邮件至 languagehelp@njeda.com 免费获取语言协助服务。

ગુજરાતી (Gujarati)
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Purpose

The Commuter and Transit Bus Private Carrier Pandemic Relief and Jobs Program is a non-recurring grant program to help commuter and transit bus transportation companies that operated as essential service providers in New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic and experienced significant revenue loss alleviate the revenue loss and retain or create jobs.

Overview

On March 9, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order (EO) 103, declaring a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency to contain the spread of COVID-19, including restrictions on public gatherings and closing non-essential businesses. The Public Health Emergency was repeatedly extended until on June 4, 2021, when the Governor signed P.L.2021, c.103 and issued EO 244, which terminated the Public Health Emergency declared in EO 103 (2020). On January 11, 2022, in response to the omicron variant, the Governor issued EO 280 (2022) declaring that a Public Health Emergency again exists in the State of New Jersey and that the State of Emergency originally declared in EO 103 (2020) remains in full force and effect.  The Public Health Emergency was again extended on February 10, 2022 by EO 288 (2022). 

New Jersey businesses and residents faced significant economic challenges due to these public health measures. Essential services that maintained operations faced financial strain due to increased sanitation protocols and reductions in customers. The transportation industry, defined as an essential service in P.L.2020, c.84, was among those hardest hit during the pandemic.  EO 125, signed by Governor Murphy on April 11, 2021, mandated additional mitigation requirements on NJ Transit and all private carriers to limit the spread of COVID-19. The requirements  both directly and indirectly decreased ridership, resulting in a significant loss of revenue to private transportation companies. Despite easing public health-related restrictions and the broader economy showing signs of recovery, ridership has not returned to its pre-pandemic levels. As such, on February 9, 2022, NJEDA’s Board approved the Commuter and Transit Bus Private Carrier Pandemic Relief and Jobs Program grant funding to help private carriers recover from the lost revenues and retain or create jobs.

Program Details

To provide financial relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the Federal government passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Within the ARPA, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SFRF) provided approximately $5.6 billion to the State of New Jersey for a variety of recovery-specific uses.  New Jersey’s Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Act allocated $25 million of these monies to the Commuter and Transit Bus Private Carrier Pandemic Relief and Jobs Program (the Program). These funds, in alignment with EO 267 and the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq., must be used only to address an unmet need to avoid duplication of benefits.

Eligibility

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Certify that the business was in operation prior to February 15, 2020;
  • Be a for-profit business (non-profits, public agencies, authorities, and government entities are not eligible);
  • Be registered to do business in and operating in the state of New Jersey and provide a current New Jersey Tax Clearance Certificate;
  • Provide fixed route bus service (MB) or commuter bus (CB) service as defined in the Federal Transit Administration’s December 22, 2021, National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary. Other services (including but not limited to those provided by charter buses, school buses, municipal shuttles, vanpool, and on-demand bus services) are not eligible;
  • Have reported Vehicle Revenue Miles for fixed route bus service (MB) or commuter bus service (CB) greater than 0 in New Jersey directly to the NTD, as recorded in Annual Data Tables 2020 Service, or through NJ Transit as a private carrier in 2020;
  • Demonstrate revenue losses in the state of New Jersey in 2020 due to the pandemic (calculated as the difference between each applicant company’s 2020 revenues reported in New Jersey and 2019 revenues reported in New Jersey) that has not been fully addressed by other public or private relief funding sources;
  • Self-certify as to best efforts to not furlough or lay off any worker from the time of application through six months after the end of the declared state of emergency. Applicants that have already furloughed or laid off workers prior to the time of application must make a best-effort pledge to re-hire those workers as soon as possible. Any material breach of the best-effort certification and/or pledge may result in the NJEDA seeking repayment of the grant; and
  • Satisfy the Authority’s debarment/disqualification review, not have any defaults or outstanding obligations to the Authority and be in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Division of Taxation, and NJ Transit.

Additional eligibility criteria based on applicable federal requirements may apply and may include but are not limited to:

  • A restriction on duplication of benefits, which may exclude potential applicants that have already received emergency COVID-19 assistance; and
  • A requirement that the applicant demonstrate that it has experienced negative impacts from COVID-19.

Eligible Uses:

Under the Program, funding may be used for reimbursement of certain lost revenue as a result of the business interruption caused by COVID-19.

Grant Amounts

Each approved applicant will be eligible for a flat grant amount of $500,000,  This flat grant amount is intended to equitably address base overhead costs that are independent of revenue miles operated; for example, the cost of vehicle maintenance, employee salaries, and garage depots for buses.  The remainder of the funds will be allocated based on each eligible applicant’s proportional share of the total vehicle revenue miles in New Jersey for 2020 for all eligible applicants, as reported in the NTD directly or through NJ Transit as a private carrier.  This methodology is being used to account for additional variable revenue losses and cost increases associated with volume of service maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In accordance with EO 267 and the Stafford Act, the maximum award, inclusive of the flat amount and pro-rata allocation, will not exceed the applicant’s unmet need. For the Program, unmet need is defined as 2020 New Jersey revenue losses (calculated as the difference between each applicant company’s 2020 revenues reported in New Jersey and 2019 revenues reported in New Jersey), less any other public or private COVID-19 relief funds that a company received for 2020.  Public or private funds that companies may have received include, but are not limited to, federal or State loans and grants (such as Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) grants, forgivable portions of Payroll Protection loans, and Economic Injury Disaster grants) and insurance payouts.    Any funding, flat amount or pro-rata share, that exceeds unmet need will be re-allocated to the pool to be disbursed to other eligible applicants.

Application Process:

The application will open at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022. The deadline to apply is 3:00 PM on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The application can be accessed at https://www.njeda.com/bus-relief/

Upon closure of the application period, the Authority will review applications for completeness; applicants that submitted incomplete applications will be provided the opportunity to submit missing information within 10 business days.

Fees: Applicants will be assessed an application fee of $1,000 per application.

Additional Information:

Additional information on the Commuter and Transit Bus Pandemic Relief and Jobs Program may be found at https://www.njeda.com/bus-relief/

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Sustain and Serve NJ
Notice of Funding Availability

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will begin accepting applications for Phase 3 of the Sustain & Serve New Jersey (SSNJ) program on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 12:00 PM. The application can be accessed at https://www.njeda.com/sustain-and-serve/.   The deadline to apply for SSNJ Phase 3 is Friday, April 1 at 5:00 PM. NJEDA will collect no application fees for this program.

Language Assistance

Please see below for multilingual versions of this Notice of Funding Availability. If you need language assistance, please send NJEDA your name, spoken language and telephone number to languagehelp@njeda.com

español (Spanish)
ATENCIÓN: si habla español, los servicios de asistencia lingüística, gratuitos, están disponibles para usted enviando un correo electrónico a languagehelp@njeda.com.

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注意:如果您說粵語,可以透過傳送電子郵件至 languagehelp@njeda.com 免費獲取語言協助服務。

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注意:如果您说普通语,可以通过发送电子邮件至 languagehelp@njeda.com 免费获取语言协助服务。

ગુજરાતી (Gujarati)
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italiano (Italian)
ATTENZIONE: se parla italiano, può usufruire gratuitamente di servizi di assistenza linguistica scrivendo all’indirizzo languagehelp@njeda.com

한국어 (Korean)
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português (Portuguese)
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Purpose

The purpose of the Sustain & Serve New Jersey Program (SSNJ) is to provide support to New Jersey-based nonprofit organizations purchasing meals from COVID-19 pandemic-impacted restaurants and distributing them to New Jerseyans in need for free.  

Overview

During the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jerseyans  have struggled to put food on the table. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse survey, more than 440,000 New Jersey households reported not having enough food to eat in the last seven days.

Simultaneously, the nonprofit community that serves individuals impacted by the pandemic has faced vast increases in demand for services without commensurate funding. The Center for Nonprofits reported that in 2020 nearly 50 percent of nonprofit organizations in New Jersey experienced increased demand for  services, but only one-third indicated that their funding had risen and of those many reported that their funding had not risen commensurate with the level of need. Thus, indicating a significant gap in compensated services as a direct result of the pandemic. 

SSNJ has allowed nonprofit organizations to address the significant increase in demand for meals while simultaneously supporting restaurants impacted by COVID-19.

Program Details

Under the program, up to $10 million of funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will be utilized for grants of a minimum of $100,000 and maximum of $2 million to nonprofits for prospective expenses associated with restaurant meal purchase and distribution. Grantees may also use up to 10 percent of their award to support operating costs directly associated with implementation of the program.

Eligibility

SSNJ is open to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) non-profit organizations, as defined by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, that can demonstrate the below criteria. Grantees of Phase 1 or Phase 2 of SSNJ are eligible to apply for additional funds and may not be required to resubmit all eligibility documentation.

  1. Classification under one of the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes:
    • NAICS code 611 (Educational services)
    • NAICS code 62 (Social assistance and health care organizations, inclusive of NAICS code 624210)
    • NAICS code 813 (Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations)
    • NAICS code 92 (Public administration).
  2. Check against the Federal System for Award Management (SAM) to ensure entity is not debarred.
  3. Good standing with the Department of Labor.
  4. A tax clearance certificate from the New Jersey Division of Taxation.
  5. Invoices and receipts demonstrating purchases of 1,500 or more meals by the organization from any New Jersey-based restaurant(s) totaling at least $25,000, purchased between March 9, 2020 and March 1, 2022. Invoices must include, at minimum: restaurant name, date(s) of purchase, description of purchase(s), quantity purchased, and total cost.
    • Meal donations from restaurants (i.e., entities classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722 or “Community meals, social services” under NAICS code 624210) may be counted toward up to 50 percent of the past purchase requirement (up to 750 meals and $12,500), so long as the applicant can produce invoices from restaurant donors verifying the number of meals and monetary value of the donated meals.
  6. The organization has experienced increased costs as a result of the pandemic’s impacts, which may be demonstrated through means including, but not limited to increased levels of program service demand and delivery, uncompensated increases in service need, decreased revenue, or challenges covering payroll or other operating costs.

In addition, applicants must provide a list the restaurants that they anticipate purchasing from if they receive a SSNJ grant. In order to receive reimbursement, grantees may only purchase meals from restaurants that meet the following requirements:

  • Classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722 or “Community meals, social services” under NAICS code 624210;
  • 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees at time of application, based on the company’s Q4 2021 WR-30 filing with NJDOL. If a restaurant has zero FTE employees and is not required to submit a WR-30 to NJDOL, they may submit an IRS form 1040;
  • Physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey;
  • Be in good standing with the New Jersey Division of Taxation;
  • Be in good standing with the NJDOL;
  • If regulated by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), in the Department of Law and Public Safety, be in good standing with ABC;
  • Check against SAM to ensure entity is not debarred; Current and valid certification from municipal and/or county government inspection that the restaurant has received a rating of Satisfactory as per New Jersey Retail Food Establishment Rating system; Attestation that the restaurant was in operation on June 4, 2021, and has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared State of Emergency on March 9, 2020 (e.g., was temporarily shut down, was forced to reduce hours, has had a drop in revenue, has been materially impacted by employees who cannot work due to the outbreak, or has a supply chain that has materially been disrupted and therefore slowed firm-level production); and
  • Any additional eligibility requirements that may apply.

To demonstrate eligibility, restaurants will be required to submit:

  1. Form attesting that the restaurant was in operation prior to June 4, 2021 and has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared State of Emergency on March 9, 2020. After the applicant submits their Sustain & Serve NJ application, this form will be sent by NJEDA directly to restaurants listed in that application.
  2. Current and valid certification from municipal and/or county government inspection that the restaurant has received a rating of Satisfactory as per New Jersey Retail Food Establishment Rating system.
  3. If an entity does not file WR-30 forms with NJDOL, a copy of IRS form 1040 verifying the restaurant has no FTE employees.

Restaurants may not directly apply for this grant. Restaurants interested in the program can contact an entity with an established bulk meal purchasing and distribution program to discuss potential participation. A list of Phase 1 SSNJ grantees can be found here, Phase 2 grantees can be found here. Restaurants may also opt to have their business publicly listed. To list your restaurant, please fill out this form. Potential grant applicants may choose to refer to this registry and contact restaurants about participating in SSNJ. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement from NJEDA. All parties are strongly advised to exercise due diligence.  Current participating restaurants in Phase 2 of SSNJ may not be required to resubmit all eligibility documentation.

Community meal/social services entities classified under the NAICS code 624210 may apply directly for SSNJ and serve as grantee organizations. However, any grant applicant classified under NAICS code 624210 cannot also serve as a meal provider for their organization or for any other SSNJ applicant or grantee organization(s) (i.e., they cannot purchase meals from themselves and other grantees cannot purchase from them). Entities under NAICS code 624210 that choose to apply directly as a grantee organization must include in their application at least one other restaurant(s) from which they will purchase meals. Applicants classified under NAICS code 624210 may purchase meals from other entities under 624210, but they must not share an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Finally, entities under NAICS code 624210 that serve as meal providers (i.e., not a grantee) may work with one or more applicants.

Finally, businesses prohibited from eligibility include, but are not limited to: gambling or gaming activities; conduct or purveyance of “adult” (i.e., pornographic, lewd, prurient, obscene or otherwise similarly disreputable) activities, services, products or materials (including nude or semi-nude performances or the sale of sexual aids or devices); any auction or bankruptcy or fire or “lost-our-lease” or “going-out-of-business” or similar sale; sales by transient merchants, Christmas tree sales or other outdoor storage; any activity constituting a nuisance; or, any illegal purposes.

Eligible Uses

Under SSNJ, grant funding may be used for direct costs associated with bulk purchasing of meals that are projected to be incurred between date of grant execution and December 31, 2022 for: the restaurant’s food and ingredients costs; labor, packaging, and facilities; delivery fees charged by the restaurant; and any profit margin for the restaurant.

Up to 10% of a grant award may be used toward operational costs incurred by the grantee organization directly related to the implementation of SSNJ. Allowable operational costs include: staff salaries and fringe (proportionate to the amount of staff time dedicated to the program), mileage for meal deliveries completed by the grantee organization, payments to vendors that assist with monitoring and invoicing meal purchases (e.g., an accounting or professional services firm), and supplies needed to operate the program.

As part of the Serve and Sustain NJ Program requirements, the grantee is prohibited from reselling any meals purchased with grant funding and is prohibited from distributing meals to paid staff of the grantee organization.

Grant Amounts

Under SSNJ, the minimum available grant amount is $100,000 and the maximum available grant amount is $2 million. Grant awards are inclusive of both the cost of meal purchases (90 percent or more of an award) and operational costs (up to 10 percent of an award).  Meal purchases will be reimbursed based on a flat rate per meal. Although there is no exclusion for entities purchasing meals from restaurants at more than $12 per meal, reimbursement by NJEDA will be capped at $12 per meal.

As part of the application for grant funding, entities will request a grant amount between $100,000 and $2 million. As part of that request, applicants may request up to 10 percent of that amount (up to $200,000) be used for eligible operational expenses. All other funds must support the direct cost of meal purchases. Applicants that spend less than 10 percent of their award on operating costs may dedicate remaining funds toward the purchase of more meals.

Once NJEDA receives all applications, if the total amount of grant funding requested among all eligible applications exceeds the $10 million available for SSNJ, NJEDA will prorate grant awards based upon the amount determined for each eligible applicant, reducing all grant awards to reflect an eligible applicant’s share of the available pool. If the pool of available funds cannot be prorated such that each eligible applicant would receive a minimum $100,000 award, NJEDA will split the funds equally across all eligible applicants.

Funding Disbursement

SSNJ is a reimbursement-based grant. For each grant award, the total amount will be disbursed incrementally as eligible expenses are incurred and disbursement is requested from NJEDA by the grantee. The disbursement requests must be evidenced by documentation showing that the expenses were actually incurred and consistent with eligible uses of grant funding (e.g., invoices from eligible restaurants demonstrating the quantity of meals purchased, the cost per meal, and the restaurant from which the meals were purchased; staff timesheets indicating time spent on SSNJ).

During the term of the grant, the grantee may seek to change or add participating restaurant(s) from which they may purchase meals and receive reimbursement through SSNJ. Requests for changes or additions to restaurants must be made in writing and will be reviewed by NJEDA.

Application Process

Online applications will be accepted from March 1, 2022 (12:00 PM) to April 1, 2022 (5:00 PM). All complete applications will be reviewed following the closure of the application period.

Applications for SSNJ are completed in three steps

  1. Interested nonprofits must submit an application, including a list of proposed restaurants.
  2. Listed restaurants will then receive a short form directly from NJEDA,  which each restaurant must complete and send to the interested nonprofit.
  3. Interested nonprofits must review each restaurant’s submission, approve it, and sent to NJEDA. Approvals must be completed and submitted to NJEDA by the interested nonprofit before the application deadline.  

Applicants should allow sufficient time for submission of both their own and their listed restaurants’ materials. Applicants that have not completed all three steps for at least one restaurant will be considered incomplete.  

Fees

Due to financial hardship of the nonprofit organizations that are eligible applicants, NJEDA will collect no fees from the applicant for this program.

Additional Information

Additional information on the Sustain & Serve NJ Program may be found on the NJEDA’s website: https://www.njeda.com/sustain-and-serve/.  

If you need language assistance, please send NJEDA your name, spoken language and telephone number to languagehelp@njeda.com.

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Small Business Improvement Grant Program
Notice of Funding Availability

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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will begin accepting applications for the Small Business Improvement Grant Program at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, February 10, 2022. The application can be accessed at https://www.njeda.com/small-business-improvement-grant/. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.  A $100 approval fee is required after the application has been reviewed and prior to execution of a grant agreement.

Purpose

The Small Business Improvement Grant Program offers reimbursement to small businesses for costs associated with making building improvements or purchasing new furniture, fixtures and equipment. This grant will reimburse a small business for 50 percent of total eligible project costs incurred after March 9, 2020, but no more than 2 years prior to the application date.

Overview

On August 11, 2021, NJEDA’s Board approved the creation of the Main Street Recovery Finance Program, which established  the Small Business Lease Grant and the Small Business Improvement Grant to support eligible small business with facility improvements.  The NJEDA began accepting applications for the Small Business Lease Grant in October 2021. 

Program Details

The Small Business Improvement Grant Program will provide grants of up to $50,000 to New Jersey-based small businesses and nonprofits to reimburse business owners for costs associated with making interior or exterior building improvements or purchasing and installing new furniture, fixtures and equipment. The grant will reimburse a small business eligible for assistance from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) for 50 percent of eligible total project costs incurred after March 9, 2020, but no more than 2 years prior to the application date. Additional eligibility criteria apply.  Currently, the program  has $15 million in funding; it may be expanded as additional funds become available. Forty percent of all funding is set-aside for businesses located in eligible NJ Opportunity Zone census tracts.

Eligibility

The Small Business Improvement Grant is  reimbursement based. A business must have completed the capital improvements or purchased and/or installed the new furniture, fixtures and equipment.

To be eligible under the program, applicants must:

  • Rent or own and operate from the facility. Landlords are not eligible under this program.
  • Meet SBAs definition of Small Business based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
  • Have a total project cost of at least $5,000, and have incurred that cost on or after March 9, 2020, with the capital improvement work having commenced no more 2 years prior to date of application.
  • Provide a WR-30 or equivalent payroll documentation.
  • Provide a current tax clearance certificate prior to approval.
  • Be in good standing with the Department of Labor.
  • Be in good standing with the Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Certify at application that they are not in default with any other EDA or State assistance.
  • Certify that all the information and documentation provided to the NJEDA is true and accurate.

Businesses defined as “home-based businesses” may only receive reimbursement for new equipment purchased and/or installed. Home-based businesses are not eligible for reimbursement for renovation or improvement projects.  Non-profits and for-profit businesses are eligible to apply.  Applicants are eligible to receive a Small Business Lease Grant and Small Business Improvement Grant for the same location.  Applicants are limited to one application per Employer Identification Number (EIN). Applicants operating from multiple locations under a single EIN are limited to one application under the sole EIN, but may pool project costs from multiple locations into a single application.

After execution of the grant agreement, the receiving entity must:

  • Commit to paying each full-time and part-time employee not less than $15 per hour or 120 percent of the minimum wage, whichever is higher. For tipped employees, the small business shall not pay less than 120 percent of the minimum wage. Businesses that receive grant funding of up to $25,000 must comply with these wage requirements for two years. Businesses that receive grant funding of greater than $25,000 must comply with these wage requirements for four years. Non-compliance with these wage requirements will result in repayment of the grant to the NJEDA.
  • Remain in the location for a period of time based on the amount of the grant. For grants of up to $25,000, the entity must remain in the location for at least two years. For grants of greater than $25,000, the entity must remain in the location for at least four years. Non-compliance with this requirement will result in repayment of the grant to the NJEDA.

Additional eligibility requirements may apply to ensure that the applicant is eligible. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • An acknowledgement and agreement that grant proceeds be applied to eligible uses only.
  • Projects with costs over $50,000 must comply with Green Building Standards for lighting and mechanical work.
  • Affirmative action standards apply to contractors with four or more employees.

Finally, prohibited businesses include, but are not limited to: gambling or gaming activities; the conduct or purveyance of “adult” (i.e., pornographic, lewd, prurient, obscene or otherwise similarly disreputable) activities, services, products or materials (including nude or semi-nude performances or the sale of sexual aids or devices); any auction or bankruptcy or fire or “lost-our-lease” or “going-out-of-business” or similar sales; sales by transient merchants, Christmas tree sales or other outdoor storage; any activity constituting a nuisance; or any illegal purposes.

Eligible Uses

Under the Small Business Improvement Grant, funding can only be used to reimburse business owners forcosts associated with making interior or exterior building improvements or purchasing and installing new furniture, fixtures and equipment. Home-based businesses may only receive reimbursement for new equipment purchases and/or installation. Home-based businesses are not eligible for reimbursement for renovation or improvement projects. 

Grant Amounts

The minimum project cost is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $50,000.

Application Process

Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis based upon the date the NJEDA receives a completed application submission.

Fees

A $100 approval fee is required after the application has been reviewed and prior to execution of a grant agreement.

Additional Information

Comprehensive information about the Small Business Improvement Grant Program is available at https://www.njeda.com/small-business-improvement-grant/.

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New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
Notice of Funding Availability
Clean Tech Seed Grant Program
– Round 2

1.        INTENT/SUMMARY

This grant opportunity is issued by the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) in collaboration with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), seeking applications from qualified Applicants for Round 2 of the Pilot Clean Tech Seed Grant Program (Program) to support early stage entrepreneurs in the State.

2.        PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Clean Tech Seed Grant Pilot Program has a total budget of $1,500,000 for awards. Funding for the Program is provided by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). The Program will be implemented by the CSIT, and administrative and technical support will be provided by NJEDA staff.

The goal of the Program is to help New Jersey-based early stage clean tech/clean energy companies accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies to transform new discoveries from research stage into commercially viable technologies, leading to industry and investor interest.

An initial round of the Program was launched in February 2021 and ten (10) grants totaling

$747,964 were awarded to New Jersey-based companies engaged in clean tech/clean energy research and development. The program had been oversubscribed by a factor of two indicating increased demand by relevant startup companies.

3.        TARGET INDUSTRIES

The Program is for companies developing or testing clean technologies intended to avoid emissions of, or recapture, greenhouse gases and/or criteria pollutants, or to enable such avoidance or recapture in the following target areas:

  • Chemicals/Advance Materials
    • Energy Distribution/Storage
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Energy Generation
    • Green Buildings
    • Transportation
    • Waste Processing
    • Water and Agriculture

The Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) are a method of estimating technology maturity. The TRL scale ranges from 1 (basic principle observed) through 9 (total system used successfully in project operations). Applicants are requested to use the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Technology and Commercialization Readiness Calculator tool included in the Technical Proposal to determine TRL score

All Applicants for the Clean Tech Seed Grant Pilot Program should be between a minimum technology development level of TRL 2 (applied research) and maximum of TRL 7 (Full- scale, similar (prototypical) system demonstrated in relevant environment), based on the Department of Energy definitions (Attachment A).

4.        ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Each Applicant to the Clean Tech Seed Grant Pilot Program must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of application and throughout the review process.

  • Authorized and in good standing to conduct business in New Jersey as evidenced by a New Jersey current New Jersey tax clearance certificate
    • Have a minimum of one (1) full-time equivalent employee (FTE) including founders; with at least one employee working 50% of their time on the project being proposed
    • 50% or more of the work of its employees, including founders and contractors conducted in NJ (calculated on an FTE basis – 35 hrs. per week)
    • 50% or more of employees, including founders/contractors live or pay withholding taxes in NJ
    • Company has less than two million dollars ($2,000,000) in prior third-party funding over its lifetime (excluding government grants)
  • Company has less than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) in previous calendar year sales revenue

Please note, previous grant awardees from Round 1 of the Clean Tech Seed Grant Pilot Program are not eligible to apply for Round 2 of the Program.

5.        PROJECT SIZE, USE OF FUNDS AND DISBURSEMENTS

Eligible applicants can propose a project of up to one year in duration and with a maximum budget of $75,000. An extension for up to an additional 3 months may be permitted and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that CSIT reserves the right to make changes to budget submissions if there are any proposed expenditures outside the scope of the Program.

The Clean Tech Seed Grant Pilot Program funds are intended for specific, early-stage clean tech/clean energy-related development projects (Projects). All expenses submitted as part of the budget proposal should be specifically related to the particular Project for which this grant is sought.

The following expense categories are ineligible for funding the Program:

  • Travel, entertainment, and other similar expenses
    • Allocations of general overhead expenses
    • Any expenditures incurred before the “Effective date” the date representing the last date of execution of the Grant Agreement by the Parties.
    • Any expenses for equipment and materials that Applicant does not expect to use predominantly for the Project during the Project period
    • Fees related to Conferences not associated with the Project

In addition, no more than 30% of the budget proposed for the Project, in the aggregate, may be spent on:

  • Marketing and customer discovery specific to the innovation
  • IP patent prosecution and licensing-related expenses
  • Conference registration fees

Disbursement of funds

Eighty percent (80%) of the approved Project budget request will be disbursed upon execution of the Grant Agreement following the award, and the remaining twenty percent (20%) will be disbursed after the submission of an approved Project Completion report to CSIT.

6.        REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

All applications to the Clean Tech Seed Grant Pilot Program must include the following documentation:

  1. Completed online application
  • Budget and Milestone Proposals (use attached Excel templates)
  • Uploaded results from Technology and Readiness Technology Calculator Excel file (link from Technical Proposal)
  • Employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure and staffing -i.e. most recent NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1 or offer letters. Please note that if a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) is utilized, the Applicant must submit confirmation of PEO-A form issued by the NJ Department of Labor (DOL), These confirmations are issued on an annual basis and are valid for a year. See https://www.nj.gov/labor/ea/employer-services/leasing-companies/ for additional information on PEOs.
  • Summary of most recent Internal Payroll indicating each employee name, including founders and number of hours worked per week.
  • Most recent Company tax filing; Federal 941 and either an NJ-CBT-100 (Schedule A), Form- 1065 or Form -1040 (Schedule C) or whichever is applicable to the organizational form of your business, showing the total Gross Receipts or Sales for the year.
  1. Signed Application Certification
  • Completed CSIT Legal Debarment Questionnaire

7.        APPLICATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS

Applications to the Program shall be submitted using CSIT’s online application Portal. The application window will be open for a period of eight (8) weeks. Access to the application Portal can be found on the CSIT’s Program page (https://www.njeda.com/about/Public- Information/CSIT)

  1. The application Portal will be open from Monday, January 24th 2022, at 10AM to Monday March 21st 2022 at 5PM EST
  2. All interested applicants must complete and submit their applications online through the Portal by the deadline in order to be considered for the Program
  3. The online application will enable applicants to provide an electronic Application Certification by uploading a signed PDF. However, if an applicant prefers not to provide an electronic Application Certification, the applicant may:
    1. Mail a hard copy of the signed Application Certification postmarked by the application deadline to CSIT at:
      Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology Attn: Judith Sheft (Executive Director)
      36 W State Street PO Box 990
      Trenton, NJ 08625

AND

  • Email CSIT with the subject line: “MAILED Application Certification Clean Tech Seed Grant Program” indicating that the certification document has been mailed. Only the signed CSIT Application Certification should be mailed; the rest of the application must be submitted through the online system.

Please note that if an applicant chooses to mail a hard copy of the application certification, the application will only be considered complete once the original signed CSIT application certification post marked by the application deadline is received by CSIT.

CSIT will host an informational webinar on the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program and a recording of the Webinar will be posted on the CSIT’s webpage. The webinar will be hosted on the week of January 24th, 2022. Information on registration for the Webinar can be found on CSIT’s webpage.

All submitted applications will be reviewed for document completeness and compliance on a rolling basis. Following the completeness review, applicants with missing documentation will receive an email notification from CSIT to submit or re-submit any missing or incomplete required documentation by 5PM. on the 10th business day following the day on which it receives such notification (Extension Time).

Applicant’s should submit missing documentation electronically to csit@njeda.com with the email subject line “Round 2, Clean Tech Seed Grant Pilot Program-Missing Documentation Submission- [Company Name]”.

After the Applicant’s Extension Time, any application that does not include ALL of the documents specified or contain documents that have not been completed will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated. Only complete applications will be evaluated and scored.

Due to COVID-19, it may take longer than usual for Applicants to obtain certain NJ state documents (NJ Business Registration Certificate, NJ Tax Clearance Certificate, and Minority/Woman Owned Business Certification)

  1. If an Applicant has attempted to obtain the missing NJ state documents and has not received them by the extension time, the Applicant may provide correspondence or receipts that demonstrate the attempt to obtain the missing documents to enable the application to be deemed complete for scoring purposes only
  2. The required missing documentation MUST be submitted before any recommendation of an award will be made with respect to that Applicant

Evaluation process

External reviewers from industry and academia shall serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and provide input in the evaluation of the technical and business merit of the proposals. All SMEs will be pre-screened for potential conflicts of interest, will be required to sign confidentiality agreements, and will serve on an unpaid, volunteer basis. The SMEs will review the Technical proposals of each application and provide qualitative comments to the Evaluation Committee.

The Evaluation Committee, consisting of CSIT and NJEDA staff, will score each application against the basic and bonus point scoring criteria outlined below, taking into consideration the insights from the SMEs. As part of the process, all complete Applicants will be invited to make a brief presentation about their project and submission to the evaluation committee and SME’s. The Evaluation Committee may also contact and engage applicants for clarifying comments on their Technical proposal or Budget submissions. Please note these communications will be only for clarification purposes only; Applicants will not be allowed to submit any new information pertaining to their application.

At the end of the review period, the Evaluation Committee will provide to CSIT the results of each scored application with summary notes, which will be forwarded to the CSIT Program Committee.

The Program Committee will review all scored applications and make recommendations to the CSIT Board for grant awards. The CSIT Board will make final decision on grant winners.

Grant winners will be required to execute a Grant Agreement outlining the funding amount, terms, and conditions of the grant. Grant funds will not be disbursed until the execution of such Grant Agreement by the Applicant and the CSIT.

8.        SCORING CRITERIA

The Technical Proposal, Budget and Milestone Proposal of all complete applications will be evaluated, and points will be awarded, based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation (up to 30 points)
  • Market Opportunity (up to 10 points)
  • Implementation Plan (Budget and Milestones) (up to 20 points)
  • Go-to-Market strategy (up to 10 points)
  • Economic and Environmental Impact (up to 10 points)
  • Team (up to 20 points)

All complete applications will be evaluated and scored against the above criteria and assigned a score; however, to be considered for an award, the application must receive an aggregate minimum score of 70 points on the above criteria.

Bonus Points (only awarded to applicants that meet the minimum score)

  • Technology from NJ university-as evidenced by an executed License agreement (15 points)
  • Minority-owned company (10 points)
  • Women- owned company (10 points)
  • Primary place of Business or R&D space located within an eligible opportunity zones census tract in New Jersey. (5 points)

At least one award will be reserved for an Applicant that is a women-owned company as certified by the State of NJ and one award will be reserved for an Applicant that is Minority-owned as certified by the state of NJ. If no women-owned or minority-owned businesses apply or receive the minimum score required for an award, then the set aside award will be included in the total budget available awards to all applicants.

9.        OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

As part of the review process, CSIT conducts sister agency checks with the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on all completed applications. To be recommended for an award, applicants must be in good standing with both DOL and DEP.

Grant awardees will agree that its employees; including founders and consultants will conduct at least 50% of the company’s work (calculated on an FTE basis) in New Jersey for a period of three (3) years from the effective date of the Grant Agreement; failure to comply will trigger a requirement that the applicant make full re-payment of the grant award within sixty (60) days following such failure of compliance, or as otherwise stated in the Grant Agreement.

All grant awardees must commit to report economic impact data to CSIT upon the completion of program for a period of five (5) years as will be outlined in the Grant Agreement and by periodically submitting an Economic Impact Questionnaire provided by CSIT.

All grant awardees must commit to participate in future CSIT/NJEDA/BPU alumni activities such as serving as a panel member or participating in interviews about Program experience.

10.   QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • Questions and inquiries concerning this Notice of Funding will be accepted through the application deadline and should be submitted via e-mail to csit@njeda.com. The subject line of the e-mail should state: “Round 2 CSIT Clean Tech Seed Grant Program”.
  • As noted above, CSIT will host a Webinar on the Program, and Applicants will also have an opportunity to ask questions at that time. A recording of the Webinar and registration details will be available on CSIT’s website
  • All questions received and answers provided in response to this Notice of Funding will be answered in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which will be posted and continuously updated on CSIT’s website

11.   CONFIDENTIALITY

Applications received will be reviewed only by staff of CSIT, NJEDA and NJBPU, together with the SMEs. All proposals submitted will be subject to requests for disclosure, including but not limited to, a request pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), N.J.S.A.

47:1A-1 et seq. If the applicant believes that information contained in its proposal merits confidential treatment pursuant to OPRA, any such purportedly confidential information submitted to the Authority shall be specifically identified and marked by the applicant.

Attachment A: Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)

TRL 1

Basic Research: Initial scientific research has been conducted. Principles are qualitatively postulated and observed. Focus is on new discovery rather than applications.

TRL 2

Applied Research: Initial practical applications are identified. Potential of material or process to solve a problem, satisfy a need, or find application is confirmed.

TRL 3

Critical Function or Proof of Concept Established: Applied research advances and early stage development begins. Studies and laboratory measurements validate analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology.

TRL 4

Lab Testing/Validation of Alpha Prototype Component/Process: Design, development and lab testing of components/processes. Results provide evidence that performance targets may be attainable based on projected or modeled systems.

TRL 5

Laboratory Testing of Integrated/Semi-Integrated System: System Component and/or process validation is achieved in a relevant environment.

TRL 6

Prototype System Verified: System/process prototype demonstration in an operational environment (beta prototype system level).

TRL 7

Integrated Pilot System Demonstrated: System/process prototype demonstration in an operational environment (integrated pilot system level).

TRL 8

System Incorporated in Commercial Design: Actual system/process completed and qualified through test and demonstration (pre-commercial demonstration).

TRL 9

System Proven and Ready for Full Commercial Deployment: Actual system proven through successful operations in operating environment, and ready for full commercial deployment.

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The Brownfield Impact Fund
Notice of Funding Availability

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) hereby announces the availability of grant and loan funding under The Brownfield Impact Fund. This program is supported by funding received from a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grant. The Brownfield Impact Fund is designed to provide grants to units of local government and non-profit entities and loans to units of local government, non-profit entities, and for-profit organizations. Funding received under this program is to be used for carrying out cleanup activities at brownfield sites, assisting with the return of these vacant and underutilized properties to public benefit.

This application will open on the NJEDA website on January 20, 2022, and remain open for as long as sufficient program funds are available.  Funds will be awarded on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of the nonrefundable application fee, unless waived, and completed application with supporting documentation.  The link to the online application for the Brownfields Impact Fund will be available on the NJEDA webpage: https://www.njeda.com/brownfieldsimpactfund/

Overview

Brownfields are former commercial or industrial sites that are vacant or underutilized and are suspected or known to be contaminated.  The remediation of brownfield properties can transform communities, providing benefits to the local and regional economies including fostering the development of medium, small, and microbusinesses, increasing employment opportunities, and increasing tax revenue. Brownfield remediation projects can also have an overall positive effect on the community such as increased safety, community pride, and health and wellness.

The Brownfields Impact Fund is an important program that will facilitate the redevelopment of brownfields by addressing funding gaps to make the remediation phase of the project financially viable, after which construction financing can be more readily obtained by the developer. This program can increase the economic impact of the State’s investment, reactivating long-stalled sites and encouraging job creation through remediation, redevelopment, and productive reuse of the property. An additional outcome of the program is to minimize the negative environmental impacts of developing current green spaces for commercial and industrial use. The Brownfields Impact Fund will accomplish this by focusing on the reuse of distressed, abandoned brownfields properties, which are often located in sought after areas within the community. Revitalization of brownfield properties allows for economic development in key locations which often have existing access to a potential workforce, infrastructure, and redevelopment opportunities in our communities.

Purpose

Under the Brownfields Impact Fund, the NJEDA will make grant funding available to non-profit organizations and units of local governments and will make low-interest loans available to for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, and units of local government. For-profit organizations will not be eligible to apply for grant funding. Funds will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis upon receipt of a completed application.

These loans and grants will assist with cleanup and other pre-construction activities at brownfield sites throughout the state, particularly those within the States’ Community Collaborative Initiative (CCI) cities. Eligible uses of the loan and/or grant funding include remediation activities necessary to clean up the release or mitigate the threatened release of hazardous materials and other activities approved by the EPA and outlined in the program specifications.

Funding Amounts

The minimum loan amount will be $50,000, with a maximum loan amount of up to $350,000.

The minimum grant amount will be $25,000, with a maximum grant amount of up to $350,000.

Eligible entities may apply for both a loan and a grant under this program.

Funding Disbursement

Disbursements will be based on a reimbursement structure for actual eligible costs incurred. Funds are to be disbursed upon receipt and review of approved invoices.

Eligible Applicants

For the first three months (90 calendar days) of the program from the date the NJEDA begins accepting applications, eligibility will be limited to designated CCI communities.[1] After the 90-day period, the NJEDA will begin accepting applications from projects located in areas outside of the twelve defined CCI communities, subject to the availability of funding.

As part of eligibility for the Brownfields Impact Fund, entities applying for a loan must be able to demonstrate site control or a path to site control of a brownfield property at time of application. For non-profit organizations and units of local government applying for grant funding, the entity must own the brownfield property at the time of the application and retain ownership of the term of the grant.

Furthermore, all applicants for either the loan or grant must be accompanied by a letter of support from the mayor or, if the position of mayor does not exist, from the governing body of the municipality in which the brownfield site is located. The letter of support must indicate that the project aligns with the master land use plan or the local redevelopment plan. If there is no master plan or local redevelopment plan that includes the project site, the support letter must indicate that neither of these documents exist.

All applicants must have a redevelopment plan for the contaminated property.

Applicants must be in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (as determined by each Department). If a compliance issue exists, the eligible entity may have an agreement with the respective department that includes a practical corrective action plan, as applicable. Applicants will also be required to provide a valid tax clearance certificate from the New Jersey Division of Taxation within the New Jersey Department of Treasury.

Entities applying to the Brownfield Impact Fund will be required to complete a legal questionnaire.

Exclusionary Criteria

Loans or grants cannot be provided to entities who are considered liable or potentially liable for the environmental contamination under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) § 107.  Specifically, this program excludes:

individuals or entities responsible for, or individuals or entities who have common ownership or control with entities responsible for, any existing environmental contamination at the site, pursuant to CERCLA.

Eligible Uses

The Brownfield Impact Fund provides low-interest loans and/or grants for eligible brownfield cleanups.

Eligible Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparation of Remedial Action Workplans;
  • Remediation of hazardous substances that are part of a structure (to include lead-based paint and asbestos);
  • Construction of a site’s engineered remediation cap which could include foundations/roadways;
  • Demolition of structures to the extent that the demolition is integral to enabling access to contamination needing remediation (must be pre-approved by U. S. EPA);
  • Actions necessary to clean up the release or mitigate the threatened release of hazardous materials such as:
    • provide fences, warning signs or other site control precautions;
    • drainage controls;
    • capping of contaminated soils;
    • excavation, consolidation, or removal of highly contaminated soils;
    • removal of containers that may contain hazardous substances;
    • use of chemicals to retard the spread of hazardous substances;
    • containment, treatment, disposal, or incineration of hazardous materials.
  • Purchase of environmental insurance;
  • Site monitoring, including sampling and analysis, required during the cleanup process;
  • Monitoring and data collection which are required as a component of the cleanup action (including payment of the annual NJDEP remediation permit fees, if approved by U. S. EPA);
  • Installation of engineering and/or institutional controls to fulfill cleanup requirements.
  • Others uses will be considered upon request from borrower / grantee, and approval by U. S. EPA.

Ineligible Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-cleanup assessment, identification, and characterization;
  • Cleanup of a naturally occurring substances;
  • Payment of a penalty or fine;
  • Construction, demolition, and development activities that are not integral to cleanup actions;
  • Public or private drinking water supplies that have deteriorated through ordinary use;
  • Monitoring and data collection necessary to apply for, or comply with, environmental permits under other federal and state laws, unless such a permit is required as a component of the cleanup action;
  • Other activities unrelated to the cleanup;
  • Properties already listed as Superfund sites;
  • Any cost incurred prior to loan or grant approval;
  • Any use not approved by NJEDA or U.S. EPA.

Approval Process

Potential applicants will be asked to complete a pre-application screening form prior to applying. The Brownfields & Sustainable Systems team will review applications for eligibility and appropriateness based on the U.S. EPA guidelines. The approval process will also include a technical review which will vet projects for readiness. The factors for the technical review include, but are not limited to, completion of the environmental assessment, existence of a draft remedial action workplan, engineer’s cost estimate for remediation, and permits.

Interest Rate and Terms

The NJEDA has structured these loans with an up to 20-year term and 2% interest rate (with an option for interest rate reductions to a floor of 1 percent based on the achievement of NJEDA’s policy goals). Principal and interest will be deferred until the end of Year 4. During this period, interest will accrue and capitalize.

Labor Compliance

The Davis-Bacon Act and New Jersey Prevailing Wage requirements, and associated U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, apply to all construction, alteration, and repair contracts and subcontracts awarded with funds provided under this program.

Fees

For the Brownfield Impact Fund, there will be a nonrefundable application fee for loans and grants of $1,000.  For grant applications, the NJEDA will waive the application fee upon demonstration by the applicant that the imposition of the fee would impose an undue financial hardship. Undue financial hardship is determined based on NJEDA established objective criteria provided in the Program application and in accordance with program policies and procedures. The program policies and procedures include a provision that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Municipal Revitalization Index (MRI), which demonstrates municipal distress, will be utilized to evaluate hardship for municipalities. The program policies and procedures also include a provision for non-profits that the hardship will be evaluated based on their annual operating budget.

For loans specifically, there will be a commitment fee of 0.875% of the loan amount, a closing fee of 0.875 percent of the loan amount. For any modifications needed on a loan, there will be a loan modification fee of $1,000.

Additional Information

Additional information on the Brownfields Impact Fund may be found on the NJEDA webpage: https://www.njeda.com/brownfieldsimpactfund/

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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) hereby announces the availability of grant funding under the New Jersey Arts and Innovation Festival Grant Program, with the purpose to serve as seed funding to explore the possibility of bringing an innovative music and technology festival to New Jersey. The funding is comprised of one (1) grant with (1) award of up to $2 million.

Applications will open on Thursday December 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm and will close on Thursday January 21, 2022 at 5:00pm. Applications will be accepted for thirty (30) calendar days after the opening of the application. Applications for this program will be accepted up to the closing date. Applications will be evaluated for completeness by Authority staff and scored by a committee. The highest scoring application will be recommended to the NJEDA Board for award.

Applications will be available and submitted online to the NJEDA  at: www.njeda.com/arts-and-innovation-festival-challenge

Overview

This funding opportunity is issued as part of Governor Phil Murphy’s campaign to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey and to facilitate growth of New Jersey as the State of Innovation with significant Investment in Communities. The NJEDA will create and administer the New Jersey Arts and Innovation Festival Challenge Grant to support a festival in New Jersey highlighting creative arts and innovative technologies.

This funding will support an event planning entity’s work to produce an arts and technology festival that will showcase the cutting edge of arts, technology, education, policy, research, and social impact that will be located in New Jersey. The festival will be a regional draw that will position New Jersey as a premier location for diverse creatives, entrepreneurs, and researchers to live, work, and play. 

The New Jersey Arts and Innovation Festival Challenge Grant funding allocated in the Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Act was assigned to the Economic Recovery Fund in order to create the Challenge Grant program.

Purpose

The New Jersey Arts and Innovation Festival Challenge Grant will provide grant funding with one (1) award of  up to $2,000,000 to a business or nonprofit with experience organizing large-scale events. The selected entity will use this funding, plus additional funds they raise independently of the NJEDA, to produce a festival to be held over two or more days with a proposed goal of holding the festival held in the Summer or Fall of 2022.

Eligible Uses

The sole use of this grant funding is to cover operational costs related to the management, production, and promotion of a New Jersey centered arts and innovation festival.

Grant Amounts

One grant award of up to $2,000,000 will be awarded based on approval by the NJEDA Board.

Notification of Award

The awardee will be notified following approval of the award by the NJEDA Board. The funds disbursement will be made after the execution of the grant documentation by both parties.

Funding Disbursement

Funding will be disbursed as follows:

First Tranche – $500,000 disbursed, post execution, within seven days of the receipt and approval of a spending plan for the initial disbursement of $500,000. The spending plan must identify major cost centers and spending targets related to booking costs, operational costs, and any normal and customary costs associated with the planning, production, and management of the festival.

  1. Booking costs are described as:
    • Funds required to secure contracts for the time and performance of individuals or groups who are identified by the grantee as major performers, presenters, or speakers at the proposed event.
    • Funds required to secure contracts for use of a specific venue or venues, in a New Jersey municipality, where speaking events, arts, and/ innovation presentations, or artistic performance or support services will be held as part of the NJ Arts and Innovation Festival
  2. Operating costs may include but are not limited to:
    • Contract fees, contract payments, venue and/or equipment deposits, inventory, supplies, salaries, costs related to professional services, costs related to governmental fees, utilities payments, and other customary costs related to operations.
  3. Normal and Customary costs are costs associated with the production and management of the festival that may not be traditionally associated with operating costs.

Second Tranche – Remaining funds up to a total of $1,500,000 to be disbursed in increments of no less than $100,000 and no greater than $500,000 for reimbursement of booking costs, operating costs, and normal and customary costs incurred in the production of the festival not covered by the initial disbursement.

Automated processes, where applicable, are being implemented to ensure the rapid issue of the disbursements.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant eligibility is open to qualified applicants defined as:

  • For profit and nonprofit entities,
  • Registered to do business in New Jersey or holding a valid NJ Charitable Registration, and
  • With demonstrated experience organizing and executing at least one (1) event with an attendance of 5,000 or more in the last 7 years.

Applicants may submit only one application. The applicant will be the sole entity responsible for meeting the requirements of the grant agreement.

Applicants may add a strategic partner or partners whose experience, knowledge, skills and ability may provide an advantage in the production, management, and/or marketing of the festival. Strategic partners are distinct from contractors in that they may not be contracted for specific services, but instead will enter into agreements with the grant recipient to plan the festival and oversee spending of grant funds received. The strategic partnership must be recognized by a memorandum of understanding or a written agreement between the partner and the applicant and be included in the application. The strategic partner or partners’ prior experience will be considered for the purposes of awarding the grant.

The applicant will have the sole responsibility in the grant agreement for assuring the compliance of partners with all terms and conditions of the program. The applicant will be the sole recipient of the grant. Entities may only submit one proposal as primary applicant but may be included as strategic partners on other applications or as contractor for grantees. Once included in the proposal, any named strategic partner or partners cannot be changed without the prior written consent of the Authority.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted for 30 days after the opening of the application. All applications should propose an arts and innovation festival to be held in Summer or Fall 2022. The Applicant shall provide:

  • Proof of successful management, by applicant and/or strategic partner, of at least one (1) event that took place over two (2) or more days and included at least three (3) of the elements listed below.
    • In order to achieve the highest possible score, applicants will need to provide proof of multiple events that they have managed with additional points being given to event hosted in New Jersey.
      • Live music performances or other live performances (i.e. poetry readings, speeches, plays)
      • Panel discussions
      • Keynote speakers of national significance (i.e. CEOs, political figures, award winning writers/performers/ researchers, advocacy champions, entrepreneurs)
      • Live tech demonstrations
      • Trade shows
  • Vision statement for NJ Arts and Innovation Festival that includes:
    • Proposed dates and locations
    • Proposed performers/speakers
    • Proposed plan for advertising/promotion
    • Proposed plan for partnering with host municipality/municipalities to provide free or subsidized tickets to residents of the host municipality/municipalities
    • COVID-19 safety plan
    • Diversity and inclusion statement
    • Security plan
    • Transportation/parking plan
  • Proposed budget
  • Key staff bios and resumes
  • Strategic Partner or Partners, as needed
  • Proposed key contractors, as needed
  • Proposed plan (fundraising plan) to fund any budgeted amount in excess of the $2,000,000 available through the NJEDA grant.

Submissions must contain, at a minimum, the required information identified below:

  • Completed Application Information Form and any additional information related to the Grant Fund Uses.
  • Completed Budget Estimate that demonstrates how the full project budget is being utilized. The budget must detail costs, which include, but are not limited to, labor costs, contract/technical services and support costs, and material costs. The budget must project out that the festival shall be executed within Summer or Fall 2022. The budget will be outlined in a budget schedule.
  • Signed agreement that the entity assumes all liability for the event and will indemnify, defend and hold harmless NJEDA for any action during the Arts and Innovation Festival.
  • Proof of ability to obtain appropriate insurance coverage as recommended by the Authority’s insurance broker in the form of a substantially similar insurance policy for an event the applicant has previously organized.
  • Strategic Partnership Memoranda of Understanding or Agreement (if relevant).
  • Current New Jersey Business Registration or New Jersey Charitable Registration

Fees

A non-refundable fee of $1,000 shall accompany every application.

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NJ ZIP Pilot Voucher Program for Medium Duty Zero Emission Vehicle
Notice of Funding Availability

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is seeking applications from qualified applicants and vendors for a pilot vehicle voucher program to support the purchase of zero emission medium duty vehicles that operate in overburdened communities.

Name of Program: NJ ZIP Pilot Voucher Program for Medium Duty Zero Emission Vehicles

Purpose: The NJ ZIP Pilot Voucher Program had an initial budget of $15,000,000 for voucher awards through funding allocated from New Jersey’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceeds, as outlined in the RGGI Strategic Funding Plan, to be implemented and administered by the NJEDA. This fund was expanded by $9,250,000 in September 2021. This Notice is intended to announce the addition of $20,000,000 to this voucher award budget as of December 1, 2021 at 9AM Eastern. Applications for this funding can be filed through NJEDA’s online portal at www.njeda.com/njzip (click “Apply Here” button) and will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis until the funds are exhausted. In addition to this formal notice, announcement of this expansion was provided on November 10, 2021 as part of a press release issued by Governor Murphy’s Office and outlined on the NJ ZIP webpage as of November 18, 2021.

The goal of the program is to help New Jersey-based companies accelerate adoption of zero emission medium duty vehicles by reducing their upfront capital cost through the provision of vouchers. This adoption is anticipated to reduce emissions within the pilot communities, and to allow NJEDA to stimulate and assess market-readiness and determine and foster the economic impact of adoption moving forward. The pilot communities were previously defined as the greater Camden and greater Newark areas, with the addition of the greater New Brunswick area in September 2021; this Notice is also intended to announce the addition of the Greater Shore Area as an eligible community on December 1, 2021.

The pilot program is for commercial, industrial, or institutional organizations with vehicle operations in the greater Camden, greater Newark, greater New Brunswick, and/or greater Shore areas of New Jersey that are purchasing medium duty zero emission vehicles, and for the vendors of such products.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, a business/institution purchasing a vehicle (applicant) must:

  • Be a commercial, industrial, or institutional organization in New Jersey. As defined in the Global Warming Solutions Fund, N.J.A.C. 7:27D-1.2, “institutional” means serving a non-profit or public purpose, such as a library, hospital, public school, institution of higher education, municipal utility, public recreation or cultural facility, or government entity. The term “government entity” includes local and municipal government entities, but for the purposes of this pilot, State government entities are not eligible.
  • If a for-profit business, be registered to conduct business in New Jersey (as demonstrated with a business registration certificate). Non-profit businesses or institutions may be required to provide a business registration certificate or other documentation, as applicable, to demonstrate their New Jersey operations and non-profit or institutional status.
  • Provide a Tax Clearance Certificate (with the application or prior to closing).
  • Be in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

To be eligible, applicant’s proposed vehicle(s) must be:

  • A new zero emission vehicle Class 2b – Class 6 (GVWR 8,501 lbs. – 26,000 lbs.) (ZEV), used for commercial, industrial, or institutional purposes. Retrofits and repowers of pre-owned vehicles are not eligible.
    • All zero emission vehicles, defined as “a vehicle that emits no tailpipe pollutants from the onboard source of power, such as particulates, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, ozone, lead, and various oxides of nitrogen,” are eligible for vouchers. This includes, but is not limited to, battery-electric (BEV) and hydrogen fuel cell-electric (FCEV) vehicles.
  • Purchased and registered within six months of receipt of voucher approval letter, with proof of such intent to purchase required for eligibility. An extension for up to an additional six months may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Not a subject of Volkswagen (VW) Settlement funding or any other State funding for the same vehicle(s).
  • Procured from a Vendor that meets program eligibility requirements (detailed in the following section).

Note: Vehicle scrappage is not mandated by this program, except in the case that the new vehicle is replacing a vehicle model year 2009 or earlier. For consistency with prior State programs, scrappage is defined within the DEP’s VW Settlement funded grant program as “rendering the vehicle inoperable and available for recycle; at a minimum, to cut a 3-inch hole in the engine block and disable the chassis by cutting the vehicle’s frame rails complete in half.” Vehicles that are not replacements (that is, ZEV purchased are for new use cases or to expand a fleet) or are replacing a model year 2010 or later do not have to comply with scrappage requirements. If the applicant is defined as a small business, they can receive a bonus incentive on a per-vehicle basis for scrappage.

To be eligible, vehicle manufacturer or seller (vendor) must:

  • Provide proof of a minimum of 12 months of experience selling or manufacturing eligible vehicles.
  • Be registered, or register to conduct business in New Jersey prior to executing an agreement with the NJEDA.
  • Be in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Provide a Tax Clearance Certificate.
  • On a per-applicant basis, provide additional documentation, including, but not limited to:
    • A link to vendor website that indicates eligible vehicles available for sale, and their related specifications;
    • A specification sheet or, if custom vehicle, specification sheets for all major components, corroborating vehicle capabilities, charging/fueling needs, design appropriate to applicant’s planned use, and eligibility; and
    • Timeline and process/plans by which vendor intends to comply with the terms of the voucher (for example, delivery of vehicle, development of charging/fueling plans, implementation of maintenance plan, etc.) prior to expiration of voucher.
  • Agree to accept the program’s voucher as a portion of the final vehicle payment, deducting the full voucher(s) amount from the upfront cost to the applicant.

Voucher amounts and expiration: To reserve voucher funding, eligible applicants can propose purchase of eligible zero emission vehicle(s) from an eligible vendor, indicating intent to purchase and register vehicle within six months, and to use vehicle as prescribed in program terms for the three-year compliance term. An extension for up to an additional six months to purchase and register the vehicle may be permitted and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Voucher funding amounts are based on GVWR laid out below:

Vehicle GVWR

Vehicle Class

Voucher Amount

8,501 - 10,000 lbs.

Class 2b

$25,000

10,0001 - 14,000 lbs.

Class 3

$55,000

14,001 - 16,000 lbs.

Class 4

$75,000

16,001 - 19,500 lbs.

Class 5

$85,000

19,501 - 26,000 lbs.

Class 6

$100,000

Eligible applicants may receive increased per-vehicle voucher bonuses through documentation of any of the following:

  • Small business vehicle scrappage bonus: $2,000 per vehicle scrapped and replaced with a NJ ZIP voucher-funded ZEV.
  • Certified woman-, minority-, or veteran-owned business bonus: $4,000 per vehicle.
  • Small business bonus: A 25 percent increase of the base voucher amount per vehicle.
  • New Jersey manufacturing bonus: A 25 percent increase of base voucher amount per vehicle will be available if the vendor can formally document (for example, but not limited to, through price sheets and hourly rates) that 25 percent of the cost of the vehicle is spent in New Jersey on labor for vehicle design, assembly, and/or manufacturing or cost of components produced in New Jersey.
  • Driver readiness and education bonus: $2,000 per vehicle; available if the vendor provides two public training sessions (in-person, but may be web-based contingent on COVID-19 safety recommendations) per quarter in the year following applicant voucher(s) approval, for a total of eight sessions, including at least an overview of the technology, operation, and safety (associated with, for example, operation, charging, and/or maintenance) on two separate days, given by subject matter experts. In addition, vendor must provide a once per quarterly opportunity in the year following applicant voucher(s) approval for publicly available vehicle test drive or in-person vehicle viewing and demonstration within one or more of the selected pilot communities. In the case that the voucher funds have been disbursed prior to completion of this commitment, NJEDA will verify satisfactory completion of commitment and, if vendor does not complete its obligation, vendor may be required to refund the bonus funds to the voucher pool.

These bonuses may be stacked, with applicant eligible for multiple bonus criteria. The total funding per vehicle may equal but may not exceed the cost of the vehicle.

Maximum funding reserved for a single applicant business (as determined by EIN) through vouchers inclusive of any qualifying bonuses may not exceed $1,500,000, to ensure equitable distribution of resources.

Required Documentation: All applications to the NJ ZIP pilot program must include the following documentation:

  1. Completed and signed online application (applicant and vendor);
  2. Completed Legal Debarment Questionnaire (applicant and vendor);
  3. Vehicle specification sheets (vendor);
  4. Timeline and process/plans by which vendor intends to comply with the terms of the voucher (for example, delivery of vehicle, development of charging/fueling plans, implementation of maintenance plan, etc.) prior to expiration of voucher (vendor);
  5. Details on the vehicle being replaced (applicant, if applicable);
  6. Current New Jersey Tax Clearance Certificate listing New Jersey Economic Development Authority. All certificates listing another State agency will be rejected (applicant and vendor); and
  7. If not demonstrated through New Jersey Tax Clearance Certificate, a New Jersey Business Registration Certificate or, if non-profit or institution, other documentation, as applicable, to demonstrate New Jersey operations and status.

And, as applicable, if applying for additional bonuses:

  1. If applicant applying as a small business, employee information, as appropriate, for applicable company structure and staffing, for example, most recent New Jersey WR-30 (W-2 employees)
  2. If applicant applying as a small business, most recent company tax filing; Federal 941 and either an NJ-CBT-100 (Schedule A), Form-1065, or Form-1040 (Schedule C), or whichever is applicable to the organizational form of business, showing the total gross receipts or sales for the year;
  3. If applicant applying as a women-, minority-, or veteran-owned business, a copy of women-, minority-, and/or veteran-owned business New Jersey Certification;
  4. If vehicle is manufactured in the State of New Jersey, price sheets for materials, hourly labor rates and payroll, Federal 941, formally documenting that 25 percent of the cost of the vehicle is spent in New Jersey on labor for vehicle design, assembly, and/or manufacturing or cost of components produced in New Jersey (vendor).
  5. If applying for driver readiness and education bonus, proposed agendas, timelines, and methodology for public training sessions and vehicle demonstrations (vendor).

Application and Evaluation Process: Applications to the program from both applicants and vendors shall be submitted using NJEDA’s online application portal. The application portal has been open since April 6, 2021, until all funds are committed, on a first-come, first-served basis. The funding pool, initially $15,000,000, was expanded in September 2021 by $9,250,000, adding the greater New Brunswick area, and expanded as of December 1, 2021 by an additional $20,000,000, adding the greater Shore area. The portal for applicants and vendors is open simultaneously, allowing each to complete and submit their respective applications or portions of applications, including proof of eligibility. An applicant’s place in line will be determined based on the date and time that the completed application, inclusive of eligible vendor and vehicle details, is received by NJEDA, including any missing documentation.

NJEDA staff will review each application against the basic and bonus eligibility criteria outlined previously. All submitted applications will be reviewed for document completeness and eligibility on a rolling basis. Following the completeness review, applicants with missing documentation will receive an email notification from NJEDA to submit or re-submit any missing or incomplete required documentation by 5:00 P.M. on the 10th business day following the day on which it receives such notification (Extension Time).

After the applicant’s Extension Time, any application that does not include all of the documents specified or contain documents that have not been completed will be considered incomplete and will not be further reviewed for eligibility. Only complete applications will be reviewed for voucher eligibility.

Note: Due to COVID-19, it may take longer than usual for applicants to obtain certain New Jersey State documents, such as New Jersey Business Registration Certificate, Tax Clearance Certificate, and Women-, Minority-, or Veteran-Owned Business Certification. If an applicant has attempted to obtain the missing New Jersey State documents and has not received them by the extension time, the applicant may provide correspondence or receipts that demonstrate the attempt to obtain the missing documents to extend the extension time. The required missing documentation must be submitted before any approval of funds reservation will be made with respect to that applicant.

Once an application is reviewed and approved, the voucher funds are reserved for six months from the date of the voucher reservation approval letter. During this time, applicants and vendors will be required to execute an agreement outlining the voucher amount, terms, and conditions of the funding. Voucher funds will not be disbursed until the execution of such agreement by the applicant, vendor, and NJEDA. An extension for up to an additional six months to purchase and register the vehicle may be permitted and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Once vehicle is delivered to and registered by the applicant, with documentation of same provided to NJEDA, and all other relevant program agreements are met, including vehicle scrappage, as applicable, applicant’s voucher(s) may be redeemed by vendor.

Post-closing, staff will conduct periodic audits to confirm that applicant and vendor self-certifications are accurate, and commitments are upheld. In such cases where the audit reveals that the self-certification was not accurate or commitments were not upheld and this impacts eligibility, NJEDA may require, as remedy, that the funds be returned from either the applicant or the vendor and/or may refer these organizations to the relevant State agency for further investigation. Any intentional inaccuracies by an applicant or vendor in the self-certifications or failure to uphold relevant commitments by applicant or vendor may be considered by the Board in disqualifying the applicant or vendor from future contracting with or financial assistance from the NJEDA.

Other Terms and Conditions: By accepting the voucher funding, applicants and vendors will also agree to the following terms:

  • Applicant will register the vehicle in the State of New Jersey for a minimum of the three initial, continuous years; and
    • Annually operate at least 75 percent of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the State of New Jersey and annually operate 50 percent or more of VMT within either the greater Camden, greater Newark, greater New Brunswick, or greater Shore areas for a minimum of three continuous years from date of registration; or
    • Annually operate at least 75 percent of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the State of New Jersey and have a registration address and domicile the vehicle within either the greater Camden, greater Newark, greater New Brunswick, or greater Shore areas for a minimum of three continuous years from date of registration.
  • Vendors will provide:
    • Certification from the vendor that the vehicle complies with all applicable State and Federal requirements for operation, including the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
    • Warranty to applicant for the eligible vehicle, indicating at least three years or 50,000 miles of coverage, whichever comes first, covering, parts (at a minimum, motor, drive train, and batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, etc.) and labor.
    • In-State servicing plan for maintenance of applicant’s vehicle(s) aligned with industry norms and current best practices implemented by or before vehicle delivery.
    • Charging or fueling needs and plans to address such needs, as applicable, to the technology, indicating if the applicant intends to use already available infrastructure (public or private) or including, if available, details on anticipated count, type, capacity, and location of chargers necessary for vehicle.
  • NJEDA’s right to audit and verify compliance with eligibility requirements (both for general eligibility and bonus-criteria eligibility) post-voucher redemption and agree to provide responses and data upon request to support such audits and verifications. For example, to verify vehicle miles traveled within the eligible pilot communities, NJEDA may request data such as, but not limited to, telematics, route maps, delivery histories, etc.
  • Permit the use by NJEDA of applicant, vendor, and vehicle data and information that is provided in the application and audit process, and that is not otherwise prohibited by law, for case studies and to support the development of future versions of this program, or future alternative programs.
  • Commit to displaying a visual indication on the commercial vehicle that it is a ZEV and that its purchase was subsidized through this program, meeting minimum standards or as materially provided by NJEDA (for example, a bumper sticker, placard, etc.).

Inquiries: NJEDA will host informational webinar(s) on the NJ ZIP Pilot Program and a recording of the webinar(s) will be posted on the NJEDA’s webpage. Information on registration for the webinar(s) can be found on NJEDA’s webpage.

Questions and inquiries concerning this notice of funding will be accepted through the application deadline and should be submitted via email to njzip@njeda.com. The subject line of the email should state: “NJZIP Notice of Funding Question – [Organization Name].” Phone calls and/or faxes shall not be accepted.

All questions received and answers provided in response to this notice of funding will be answered in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which will be posted and continuously updated on NJEDA’s website.

Confidentiality: Applications received will be reviewed only by staff of NJEDA, with good standing checks by sister agencies on applicants and vendors. All proposals submitted will be subject to requests for disclosure, including, but not limited to, a request pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. If the applicant believes that information contained in its proposal merits confidential treatment pursuant to OPRA, any such purportedly confidential information submitted shall be specifically identified and marked by the applicant.

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New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology

Notice of Funding for Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program – Round 1

  1. INTENT/SUMMARY

This grant opportunity is issued by the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) with support from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), seeking applications from qualified Applicants for a pilot Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program (Program) to support early stage innovation-based entrepreneurs in the State.  

  1. PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program has a total budget of $1,500,000 for awards. Applicants developing life sciences therapeutics can apply for grants of up to $150,000, all other Applicants are eligible to apply for grants of up to $75,000.

The goal of the Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program is to help New Jersey-based early stage innovation-based companies accelerate development of technologies to transform new discoveries from research stage into commercially viable products and services.  The grant funds should enable Applicants to make significant progress and have a meaningful impact on their commercialization outcomes.  The Catalyst Seed R&D Grant program is a complement to the Clean Tech Seed R&D Grant Program and is targeted toward Applicants that are developing technologies that are not eligible for the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program.

  1. TARGET INDUSTRIES

The Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program is for companies conducting research and development or testing technologies in the following target areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Transportation and Logistics
  • Film and Digital Media
  • Life Sciences – Therapeutic Drug Development
  • Life Sciences – Other
  • Non-Retail Food and Beverage
  • Professional and Financial Services
  • Technology

All Applicants for the Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program should have achieved a demonstration of concept for their project proposed for funding.

  1.  ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  

Each Applicant to the Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of application and must maintain eligibility during the entire review period in order to be eligible for an award:

  • Authorized and in good standing to conduct business in New Jersey as evidenced by a current New Jersey tax clearance certificate
  • Have a minimum of one (1) full-time equivalent employee with at least one employee working 50% of their time on the project being proposed
  • 50% or more of the work of its employees and contractors conducted in NJ (calculated on an FTE basis – 35 hrs. per week)
  • 50% or more of employees/contractors live or pay withholding taxes in NJ
  • Company has less than two  million dollars ($2,000,000) in prior third-party funding over its lifetime (excluding government grants)
  • Company has less than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) in previous calendar year sales revenue
  1. PROJECT SIZE, USE OF FUNDS AND DISBURSEMENTS

Eligible Applicants proposing research and development  projects in the Life Sciences area of drug development / therapeutics can propose a project of up to one year in duration and with a maximum budget of $150,000. An extension for up to an additional 3 months may be permitted and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Other Applicants can propose projects of up to $75,000.  An extension for up to an additional 3 months may be permitted and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants that are eligible to apply for the Clean Tech Seed Grant program because they are conducting research and development or testing technologies intended to avoid emissions of, or recapture greenhouse gases and/ or criteria pollutants, or to enable such avoidance or recapture are not eligible to apply for the Catalyst Seed R&D Grant.

Please note that CSIT reserves the right to make changes to budget submissions if there are any proposed expenditures outside the scope of the Program.

The Catalyst  Seed R&D Grant Program funds are intended for specific, early-stage  research and development projects (Projects). All expenses submitted as part of the budget proposal should be specifically related to the Project for which this grant is sought. The following expense categories are ineligible for funding from the Program:

  • Travel, entertainment, and other similar expenses
  • Allocations of general overhead expenses
  • Any expenditures incurred before the “Effective date”, the date representing the last date of execution of the  Grant  Agreement by the respective Parties
  • Any expenses for equipment and materials that Applicant does not  use for the Project during the Project period
  • Fees related to Conferences not associated with the Project

In addition, no more than 30% of the budget proposed for the Project, in the aggregate, may be spent on:

  • Marketing and customer discovery specific to the innovation
  • IP patent prosecution and licensing-related expenses
  • Conference registration fees

Disbursement of funds

Eighty percent (80%) of the approved Project budget request will be disbursed upon execution of the Grant Agreement following the award, and the remaining twenty percent (20%) will be disbursed after the submission of an approved Project Completion Report to CSIT.

  1. REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

All applications to the Catalyst Seed Grant Program must include the following documentation:

  1. Completed online application
  1. Demonstration evidence that proof of concept has been achieved for the project.  Submit one of the following:
    • Description of the proof of concept results
    • Published paper outlining results achieved
    • Successful completion of a federal SBIR/STTR grant or contract related to the project
    • Confirmation documentation from a university tech transfer office if the project relates to technology that has been developed at a university
  1. Employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure and staffing -i.e. most recent NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1, or offer letters.  Please note that if a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) is utilized, the Applicant must submit confirmation of PEO-A form issued by the NJ Department of Labor (DOL),  These confirmations are issued on an annual basis and  are valid for a year.  See https://www.nj.gov/labor/ea/employer-services/leasing-companies/ for additional information on PEOs.
  1. Summary of most recent Internal Payroll (Q4 2020 or Q1 2021) indicating each employee name and number of hours worked per week.
  1. Most recent Company tax filing; Federal 941 and either an NJ-CBT-100 (Schedule A), Form-1065 or Form -1040 (Schedule C) or whichever is applicable to the organizational form of your business, showing the total Gross Receipts or Sales for the year.
  1. Current NJ tax clearance certificate (listing New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology). See https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_PREMIER_EBIZ/jsp/home.jsp. All certificates listing another state agency will be rejected.
  1. If applicable, copy of Women and/or Minority owned business NJ certification https://www.njportal.com/DOR/SBERegistry/Default/
  1. Signed Application Certification  
  1. Completed CSIT Legal Debarment Questionnaire
  1. APPLICATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS

Applications to the Program shall be submitted using CSIT’s online application Portal. The application window will be open for a period of nine (9) weeks. Access to the application Portal can be found on the CSIT’s Program page (https://www.njeda.com/about/Public-Information/CSIT)

i. The application Portal will be open from Monday, December 6, 2021 at 10a.m. to Monday January 31, 2022 at 5 p.m.,
ii. All interested applicants must complete and submit their applications online through the Portal by the deadline in order to be considered for the Program
iii. The online application will enable applicants to provide an electronic Application Certification by uploading a signed PDF. However, if an Applicant prefers not to provide an electronic Application Certification, the Applicant may:

Mail a hard copy of the signed Application Certification postmarked by the application deadline to CSIT at:

            Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology

            Attn: Judith Sheft (Executive Director)

           36 W State Street

            PO Box 990

           Trenton, NJ 08625                        

           AND

Email CSIT with the subject line: “MAILED Application Certification Catalyst Seed Grant Program” indicating that the certification document has been mailed. Only the signed CSIT Application Certification should be mailed; the rest of the application must be submitted through the online system.

Please note that if an Applicant chooses to mail a hard copy of the application certification, the application will only be considered complete once the original signed CSIT application certification post marked by the application deadline is received by CSIT.

CSIT will host an informational webinar on the Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program and a recording of the Webinar will be posted on the CSIT’s webpage. The Webinar will be hosted during the week of December 6th 2021.  Information on registration for the Webinar can be found on CSIT’s webpage.

All submitted applications will be reviewed for document completeness and compliance on a rolling basis. Following the completeness review, applicants with missing documentation will receive an email notification from CSIT to submit or re-submit any missing or incomplete required documentation by 5 p.m. on the 10th business day following the day on which it receives such email notification (Extension Time).

Applicants should submit missing documentation electronically to csit@njeda.com  with the email subject line “Catalyst  Seed R&D Grant Program-Missing Documentation Submission-[Company Name]”.

After the Applicant’s Extension Time, any application that does not include ALL of the documents specified or contain documents that have not been completed will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated. Only complete applications will be evaluated and scored.

Due to COVID-19, it may take longer than usual for Applicants to obtain certain NJ state documents (NJ Tax Clearance Certificate, and Minority/Woman Owned Business Certification) 

  1. If an Applicant has attempted to obtain the missing NJ state documents and has not received them by the extension time, the Applicant may provide correspondence or receipts that demonstrate the attempt to obtain the missing documents to enable the application to be deemed complete for scoring purposes only
  2. The required missing documentation MUST be submitted before any recommendation of an award will be made with respect to that Applicant

Evaluation Process

External reviewers from industry and academia shall serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and provide input in the evaluation of the technical and business merit of the proposals. All SMEs will be pre-screened for potential conflicts of interest, will be required to sign confidentiality agreements, and will serve on an unpaid, volunteer basis. The SMEs will review the Technical proposals of each application and provide qualitative comments to the Evaluation Committee.

The Evaluation Committee, consisting of CSIT and NJEDA staff, will score each application against the basic and bonus point scoring criteria outlined below, taking into consideration the insights from the SMEs. As part of the process, the Evaluation Committee may contact and engage applicants for clarifying comments on their Technical proposal or Budget submissions. Please note these communications will be only for clarification purposes only; Applicants will not be allowed to submit any new information pertaining to their application.

At the end of the review period, the Evaluation Committee will provide to CSIT the results of each scored application with summary notes, which will be forwarded to the CSIT Program Committee.

The Program Committee will review all scored applications and make recommendations to the CSIT Board for grant awards. The CSIT Board will make final decision on grant winners.

Grant winners will be required to execute a Grant Agreement outlining the funding amount, terms, and conditions of the grant. Grant funds will not be disbursed until the execution of such Grant Agreement by the Applicant and the CSIT.

  1. SCORING CRITERIA

The Technical Proposal, Budget and Milestone Proposal of all complete applications will be evaluated, and points will be awarded, based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation (up to 30 points)
  • Market Opportunity (up to 10 points)
  • Implementation Plan (Budget and Milestones) (up to 20 points)
  • Go-to-Market strategy (up to 10 points)
  • Economic Impact (up to 10 points)
  • Team (up to 20 points)

All complete applications will be evaluated and scored against the above criteria and assigned a score; however, to be considered for an award, the application must receive an aggregate minimum score of 70 points on the above criteria.

Bonus Points (only awarded to applicants that meet the minimum score)

  • Technology from NJ university-as evidenced by an executed License agreement (15 points)
  • Minority-owned company (10 points)
  • Women-owned company (10 points)
  • Primary place of Business or R&D space located within an eligible opportunity zones census tract in New Jersey.  See https://nj.gov/governor/njopportunityzones/ (5 points)

At least one award will be reserved for an Applicant that is a women-owned company as certified by the State of NJ and one award will be reserved for an Applicant that is Minority-owned as certified by the state of NJ.

  1. OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

As part of the review process, CSIT conducts sister agency checks with the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on all completed applications. To be recommended for an award, applicants must be in good standing both DOL and DEP.

Grant awardees will agree that its employees and consultants will conduct at least 50% of the company’s work (calculated on an FTE basis) in New Jersey for a period of three (3) years from the effective date of the Grant Agreement; failure to comply will trigger a requirement that the applicant make full re-payment of the grant award within sixty (60) days following such failure of compliance, or as otherwise stated in the Grant Agreement.

All grant awardees must commit to report economic impact data to CSIT upon the completion of program for a period of five (5) years as will be outlined in the Grant Agreement and by periodically submitting an Economic Impact Questionnaire provided by CSIT.

All grant awardees must commit to participate in future CSIT/NJEDA alumni activities such as serving as a panel member or participating in interviews about Program experience.

  1. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
  • Questions and inquiries concerning this Notice of Funding will be accepted through the application deadline and should be submitted via e-mail to csit@njeda.com. The subject line of the e-mail should state: “CSIT Catalyst Seed R&D Grant Program”.
  • As noted above, CSIT will host a Webinar  during the week of December 6th,  2021 on the Program, and Applicant Companies will also have an opportunity to ask questions at that time. A recording of the Webinar will be available on CSIT’s website
  • All questions received and answers provided in response to this Notice of Funding will be answered in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which will be posted and continuously updated on CSIT’s website
  1. CONFIDENTIALITY

Applications received will be reviewed only by staff of CSIT and NJEDA, together with the SMEs. All proposals submitted will be subject to requests for disclosure, including but not limited to, a request pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. If the applicant believes that information contained in its proposal merits confidential treatment pursuant to OPRA, any such purportedly confidential information submitted to CSIT shall be specifically identified and marked by the Applicant.

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The NJEDA issued a press release on September 15, 2021 advising of the date on which applications for the Small Business Lease Grant would open.   
Further information about the Small Business Lease Grant was posted to the website on August 19, 2021, and can be found here.

NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON SCIENCE, INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY

Notice of Funding for

Round 3, Direct Financial Assistance Grant for businesses engaged in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Federal Programs

1.        INTENT / SUMMARY:

This grant opportunity is issued by the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) with support provided by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) seeking applications from qualified Federal SBIR/STTR awardees/applicants for a direct financial assistance program providing (i) Direct Funding to Phase I, Fast Track, and Direct to Phase II awardees and (ii) Bridge Funding to Phase II applicants.

Program Summary

The purpose of the CSIT established SBIR/STTR Support Program in New Jersey, is to enhance the State’s innovative economy by providing technical and financial support to small businesses seeking to or participating in the Federal SBIR/STTR program. The program has operated on a pilot basis for two years and has two core components:

  1. Technical Assistance and
  2. Direct Financial Assistance

This Notice of Funding is for the Direct Financial Assistance component only. This component seeks to:

  1. Provide Direct Funding to NJ small businesses that received a Federal Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II SBIR/STTR award or contract
  2. Provide Bridge Funding to NJ small businesses that have successfully completed Phase I and have applied for Phase II of the Federal SBIR/STTR program

The grant funding can be utilized to maintain project activities and cover general operating costs.

2.        FEDERAL PROGRAM BACKGROUND:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) are highly competitive three-phase award programs, which provide qualified small businesses opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet the specific research and development needs of the Federal government. The goals of the programs are to:

  • Stimulate technological innovation
    • Meet Federal research and development needs
    • Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and

socially or economically disadvantaged populations

  • Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development funding

NJ SBIR/STTR Support Program

In 2018, Governor Murphy, signed legislation that re-established the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, formerly known as the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, to spur long-term planning, research and entrepreneurship in the Garden State. This program aligns with Governor Murphy’s vision of re- establishing NJ as an innovation leader and recognizing the role and importance of the State’s small businesses and higher education institutions in the innovation ecosystem and the economy.

The NJ SBIR/STTR Support Program builds on CSIT’s mandate of creating a vibrant innovation economy and supporting the growth of early-stage companies in NJ. An initial round of the Direct Financial Assistance component was launched in December 2019 and a second round in 2020. This 2021 Notice of Funding builds on the two previous rounds of the program by providing targeted resources for SBIR/STTR support in NJ to help small businesses attract more funding through Federal research grants and contracts.

Applicants should refer to this Notice of Funding (August 2021) for application and documentation requirements for the Round 3 of the Direct Financial Assistance Program.

Overall, the NJ SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program has three objectives; all of which help grow the innovation economy in NJ:

  1. Increase the success rate of NJ grant applications seeking Federal funding for SBIR/STTR programs
  2. Reduce the financial burden for small NJ companies that have won Phase 1, a SBIR/STTR Fast Track or a Direct to Phase II award of the Federal SBIR/STTR program
  3. Increase success and maximize growth of small NJ companies in moving from Phase I to Phase II of the SBIR/STTR Federal program

This Notice of Funding Direct Financial Assistance will offer two grant components with a total budget of $1,250,000:

  1. $25,000 Direct Funding for thirty (30) SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award/contract winners (“Direct Funding”)
  2. $50,000 Bridge Funding for ten (10) SBIR/STTR Phase II applicants (“Bridge Funding”)

Please note that CSIT reserves the right to reallocate funds between the two components of the Direct Financial Assistance program.

Direct Funding for SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II Awardees: Phase I of the Federal SBIR/STTR program is intended to establish technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed R&D efforts. Federal Phase I awards normally do not exceed $150,000 total costs for six (6) months. To help NJ Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award/contract winners increase intensity of research, strengthen commercialization plans, cover operational expenses and become more competitive for Phase II funding, CSIT will provide a grant of $25,000 to NJ small businesses that receive a Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award/contract. The grant funding is intended to reduce the financial burden on these growing small businesses and improve their chances of applying and winning Phase II awards. The grant will be flexible to help cover general operational expenses.

Bridge Funding for Phase II Applicants:

The gap between application and award notice for Phase II of the Federal SBIR/STTR program can be up to six (6) months and it is during this period that small businesses often struggle to secure funding and maintain operations. CSIT will offer funding of $50,000 to NJ small businesses that have successfully completed Phase I of Federal SBIR/STTR program and have applied for Phase II funding. The funding is intended to enable NJ small businesses to maintain operations while waiting on Phase II awards.

Applicants to the Round 3, NJ CSIT Direct Financial Assistance SBIR/STTR Program can only apply for one component (either a Direct Funding or Bridge Funding).

3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

All applicants must meet eligibility criteria at time of application and must maintain eligibility during the period of application review in order to be considered for an award.

Applicants should send a notification to csit@njeda.com if there are any changes to their eligibility status after submission of an application and prior to any award notification.

Eligibility requirements must also be maintained during the grant term for awarded applicants and will be specified in the grant agreement.

Direct Funding for Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II winners: All applicants must

meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be a NJ based small business (have a valid tax clearance certificate)
  2. Be a recipient of a Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II grant or contract award within the last two (2) years prior to the issuance of this Notice of Funding (August 9, 2021)
  3. The applicant company cannot have been awarded more than 5 Federal SBIR/STTR grants or contracts (Phase I, Fast-track, Direct to Phase II combined) throughout the lifetime of the company
  4. Have a NJ resident or employee designated as Principal Investigator/Project Manager for the duration of the CSIT grant
  5. Have 50% or more full time equivalent employees working in NJ at the time of application as evidenced by employee documentation (fulltime/part-time employees and contractors)
  6. The primary place of performance on the SBIR/STTR project award is a NJ address
  7. The applicant company has not previously been awarded a CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct funding or Bridge funding grant within one year from this Notice of Funding issuance date (August 9, 2021)

Bridge Funding for Phase II Applicants: All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be a NJ based small business (have a valid tax clearance certificate)
  2. Be a previous Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I grant or contract award recipient within the last two (2) years prior to the issuance of this Notice of funding (August 9, 2021) that has successfully completed a Phase I Federal SBIR/STTR program, and submitted a Phase II SBIR/STTR application and has not received a Federal response yet on their Phase II application
  3. The applicant company cannot have been awarded more than five (5) Federal SBIR/STTR grants or contracts (Phase I, Fast-track or Direct to Phase II combined) and four (4) Federal Phase II SBIR/STTR grants or contracts throughout the lifetime of the company
  4. Have a NJ resident or employee designated as Principal Investigator/Project Manager for the duration of the CSIT grant
  5. Have 75% or more full time equivalent employees working in NJ at the time of application as evidenced by employee documentation (fulltime and part-time employees and contractors)
  6. The primary place of performance on the Phase II SBIR/STTR project submission is a NJ address
  7. The applicant company has not previously been awarded a CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct funding or Bridge funding grant within one year from this Notice of Funding issuance date (August 9, 2021)

3.        APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIRED  DOCUMENTATION

Round 3 applications will be accepted from August 16, 2021 through October 8, 2021. All interested applicants must complete the online application by 4pm EST on October 8, 2021, in order to be considered.

Applicants must submit the application via the online application portal on the CSIT webpage – https://www.njeda.com/csit/.   Only completed electronic submissions will be accepted.

The online application enables an applicant to provide an electronic Application Certification by uploading a signed PDF (Please note that for an application to be considered complete, this document must be signed by the application deadline or applicable extension date following a completeness review.).

If an applicant prefers not to provide an electronic Application Certification, the applicant may:

  1. Mail a hard copy of the signed Application Certification post marked by the application deadline to CSIT at:

Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology Attn: Judith Sheft (Executive Director)

P.O. Box 990

36 W State Street Trenton, NJ 08625

AND

  • Email CSIT with the subject line: “MAILED Application Certification SBIR/STTR Round 3” indicating that the certification document has been mailed. Only the signed CSIT Application Certification should be mailed; the rest of the application must be submitted through the online system.

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE ONCE THE ORIGINAL SIGNED CSIT APPLICATION CERTIFCATION POST MARKED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OR APPLICABLE EXTENSION DATE FOLLOWING A COMPLETENESS REVIEW IS RECEIVED BY CSIT.

Required Documentation

This Notice of Funding will be posted on CSIT’s webpage (https://www.njeda.com/about/Public- Information/CSIT). Eligible applicants should submit a completed online application with all supporting documentation to CSIT by the application deadline date.

As applications are received up to the application deadline date, they will be reviewed for completeness by CSIT staff. Applicants with missing documentation will receive an email notification from CSIT, following the completeness review, to re-submit any missing or incomplete required documentation within ten (10) business days of notice (extension date).

Applicants should submit missing documentation to csit@njeda.com within the resubmission timeframe with the email subject line “Round 3 SBIR/STTR Program_Missing Documentation Submission_Company Name”.

Due to the COVID pandemic, it may take longer than usual for applicants to obtain certain NJ state documents (NJ Tax Clearance Certificate, and Minority/Woman Owned Business Certification). If an applicant has attempted to obtain the missing NJ state documents and has not received them by the extension date the applicant may provide correspondence or receipts that demonstrate the attempt to obtain the missing documents to enable the application to be deemed complete for scoring purposes only. The missing documentation MUST be submitted before any recommendation of an award will be made to that applicant.

If after an email notification for missing documents from csit@njeda.com is sent to applicants and the requested documents are NOT submitted by the extension date, CSIT will consider the application as incomplete; the application will not be scored and will be rejected. Only complete applications after the document extension deadline will be evaluated and scored.

In addition to the online application form, Direct Funding Grant applications for Phase I, Fast Track and Direct to Phase II winners must include the following documentation:

  1. Copy of Federal Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II Award Letter/Contract from a participating Federal Agency dated within the past two (2) years of the issuance of this Notice of Funding
  2. Copy of the accepted Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II proposal submitted to participating Federal Agency in response to a specific Federal solicitation
  • NJ Tax Clearance Certificate (listing Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology) https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_PREMIER_EBIZ/jsp/home.jsp (Please note that the tax clearance certificate will need to be renewed every 6 months) Any certificates listing an agency other than NJ CSIT will be rejected
  • State or federal issued identification or proof of NJ residency or employment for Principal Investigator/Project Manager
  • Copy of Page on SBIR/STTR proposal, award or contract showing Primary Place of Performance for the project as a NJ address
  • Signed CSIT Application Certification

BECAUSE SOME STATE SYSTEMS HAVE EXPERIENCED LONGER THAN USUAL PROCESSING TIMES DUE TO COVID-19, APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN COPIES OF NJ DOUMENTATION EARLY IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLETING THEIR APPLICATIONS TO AVOID ANY DELAYS IN SUBMISSION OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION.

In addition to online application form, Bridge Funding for Phase II applications shall include the following documentation:

  1. Copy of Federal Phase I SBIR/STTR Award/Contract from a participating Federal Agency dated within the past two (2) years of the issuance of this Notice of Funding
  • Copy of the Phase I final report and confirmation of Agency acceptance
  • Proof of Federal Phase II SBIR/STTR application submission: documentation showing that Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal has been submitted to and received by the participating Federal agency. Example:

o   A copy of the Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal submitted to sponsoring Agency and,

  • Written or electronic notification from the Agency confirming date of proposal receipt
  • NJ Tax Clearance Certificate (listing Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology) https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_PREMIER_EBIZ/jsp/home.jsp (Please note that the tax clearance certificate will need to be renewed every 6 months) Any certificates listing an agency other than NJ CSIT will be rejected
  • Completed employee log (template provide on online portal) and associated employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure -i.e. most recent NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1). Please note, if a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) is utilized the PEO must submit confirmation of PEO-A form issued by Department of Labor (DOL). These confirmations are issued on an annual basis and are valid for a year. https://www.nj.gov/labor/ea/employer-services/leasing-companies/    
  • State or federal issued identification or proof of NJ residency or employment for Principal Investigator/Project Manager
  • Copy of Page on SBIR/STTR proposal, award or contract showing Primary Place of Performance for the project as a NJ address
  • Signed CSIT Application Certification

BECAUSE SOME STATE SYSTEMS HAVE EXPERIENCED LONGER THAN USUAL PROCESSING TIMES DUE TO COVID-19, APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN COPIES OF NJ DOUMENTATION EARLY IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLETING THEIR APPLICATIONS TO AVOID ANY DELAYS IN SUBMISSION OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION.

  • 5.        EVALUATION PROCESS AND SCORING  CRITERIA

Preferred communication with applicants will be via email from csit@njeda.com. Applicants are encouraged to include this email in their safe email addresses to avoid the email going to a Junk box.

All complete applications will be scored against the scoring criteria and a summary of scored applications will be forwarded to the CSIT Program Committee. The Program Committee will review scored applications and make funding recommendations to the CSIT board. The CSIT Board will make final decision on grant winners.

Grant winners will be required to execute a Grant Agreement outlining the funding amount, terms, and conditions of the grant. Grant Funds will not be disbursed until the execution of such Grant Agreement by the applicant and CSIT.

Scoring criteria (preferences and priorities in evaluation)

All complete accepted applications received during the application window will be considered.

If available funds are insufficient to award all qualified applicants, preference shall be given to small businesses with:

  1. Percentage of employees working in New Jersey (up to 20 points)
  2. Qualified small business engaged in one of the State of New Jersey’s nine (9) strategic focus sectors: (15 points)
    • Advance Manufacturing
    • Advanced Transportation and Logistics
    • Clean Energy
    • Film and Digital Media
    • Finance and Professional Services
    • Food & Beverage (Non-Retail)
    • Life Sciences
    • Offshore Wind
    • Technology
  3. Company with technology that came out of any NJ university (Executed License agreement (15 points)
  4. Qualified first time SBIR/STTR awardees (direct funding grant) that have received their first Federal SBIR/STTR award or first time Phase II SBIR/STTR submitters (bridge funding grant)  (15 points)
  5. Sub-award/contract a portion of the SBIR/STTR work to a NJ university (stated in the proposal/budget submission) (10 points)
  6. Minority owned business (Please provide MBE certification):  (10 points)https://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/documents/contracting/NEW%20MBE-

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6.        OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

As part of the review process, CSIT conducts sister agency checks with the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on all completed applications.  To be recommended for an award, applicants must be in good standing both DOL and DEP.

Funding may be shifted across the two components of the Direct Financial Assistance Program as needed at the discretion of the CSIT Board and if additional funds are available after the review process, CSIT may accept additional applications until program funds are exhausted.

Grant awardees will agree to maintain 50% of work (as evidenced by employee log and documentation) in NJ for a period of two (2) years from the effective date of the Grant Agreement or two (2) years from the completion of the SBIR/STTR project, whichever is later. (Failure to comply will result in full re-payment of grant within sixty (60) days of relocation or as conditions state in the Grant Agreement).

All grant awardees must commit to report economic impact data to CSIT upon the completion of program for a period of two (2) years as will be outlined in the Grant Agreement and by submitting an Economic Impact Questionnaire provided by CSIT.

All grant awardees must commit to participate in future CSIT alumni activities such as, serving as a panel member or conducting brief interviews about Program experience.

7.        NOTICE OF FUNDING PROJECTED MILESTONE DATES:

  • Notice of Funding release date: August 9, 2021
  • Webinar: August 19, 2021 (Instructions to Register will be posted on the CSIT Webpage)
  • Application Period: August 16, 2021 – October 8, 2021 (8 Working Weeks)
  • Application Deadline: October 8, 2021 4:00 pm EST

8.        QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • Questions and inquiries concerning this Notice of Funding will be accepted through the application deadline. The preferred communication is to submit questions via e-mail to csit@njeda.com  
  • CSIT will host a Webinar after the release of the Notice of Funding to provide information and respond to any questions. A recording of the Webinar will be available on the CSIT website
  • The subject line of the e-mail should state: “CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance – Round 3”
  • All questions received and answers given in response to this Notice of Funding will be answered in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to be posted and continuously updated on CSIT’s webpage. https://www.njeda.com/about/Public-Information/CSIT

9.        CONFIDENTIALITY

Applications received will be reviewed only by CSIT and NJEDA. All proposals submitted will be subject to requests for disclosure, including but not limited to, a request pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. If the applicant believes that information contained in its proposal merits confidential treatment pursuant to OPRA, any such purportedly confidential information submitted to the Commission shall be specifically identified and marked by the applicant

Exhibit A: Document checklist for Direct Financial Assistance

Direct Funding for Phase I, Fast Track and Direct to Phase II Awardees

Bridge Funding for Phase II Applicants

Completed Application form

Completed Application form

Proof of Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award or contract (Award notice/contract)

Proof of Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I grant or contract award (Award notice/contract)

Copy of the accepted Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II proposal

Copy of the Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I final report

NJ Tax Clearance Certificate (certified to NJ CSIT)

NJ Tax Clearance Certificate (certified to NJ CSIT)

Completed employee log (template provided)

Completed employee log (template provided)

Employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure - most recent NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1

Employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure - most recent NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1

Copy of State or Federal issued identification or proof of NJ residency or employment for Principle Investigator/Project Manager

Copy of State or Federal issued identification or proof of NJ residency or employment for Principle Investigator/Project Manager

Copy of Page of SBIR/STTR proposal, award or contract showing Primary Place of Performance for project as a NJ address

Copy of Page of SBIR/STTR proposal, award or contract showing Primary Place of Performance for Phase II project as a NJ address

Signed Application Certification

Signed Application Certification

If applicable, Minority and/ or Women -owned NJ certification

If applicable, Minority and/ or Women -owned NJ certification

Copy of the Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal submitted to sponsoring Agency and Agency acceptance (written or electronic notification from the Agency confirming date of proposal receipt)

Exhibit B: Program specifications sheet

Round 3, Direct Financial Assistance grant for businesses engaged in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Federal Programs

Funding Source

Total funding for Round 3 SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance program will be $1,250,000 using eligible funds from CSIT's FY2022 budget appropriation

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Program is to enhance the State's innovative economy by providing technical and financial support to small businesses seeking to or participating in the Federal SBIR/STTR program

Eligible Applicants (Direct funding grant and Bridge funding grant)

Direct Funding for Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II winners:

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

a. Be a NJ based small business (have a valid tax clearance certificate)

b. Be a recipient of a Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II grant or contract award within the last two (2) years prior to the issuance of this Notice of Funding (August 9, 2021)

c. The applicant company cannot have been awarded more than 5 Federal SBIR/STTR grants or contracts (Phase I, Fast-track, Direct to Phase II combined) throughout the lifetime of the company

d. Have a NJ resident or employee designated as Principal Investigator/Project Manager for the duration of the CSIT grant
e. Have 50% or more full time equivalent employees working in NJ at the time of application as evidenced by employee documentation (fulltime/part-time employees and contractors)
f. The primary place of performance on the SBIR/STTR project award is a NJ address
g. The applicant company has not had the closing date for an award of a CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct funding or Bridge funding grant within the past one year from this Notice of Funding issuance date (August 9, 2021)

Bridge Funding for Phase II Applicants: All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
a. Be a NJ based small business (have a valid tax clearance certificate)
b. Be a previous Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I grant or contract award recipient within the last two (2) years prior to the issuance of this Notice of funding (August 9, 2021) that has successfully completed a Phase I Federal SBIR/STTR program, and submitted a Phase II SBIR/STTR application and has not received a Federal response yet on their Phase II application
c. The applicant company cannot have been awarded more than five (5) Federal SBIR/STTR grants or contracts (Phase I, Fast-track or Direct to Phase II combined) and four (4) Federal Phase II SBIR/STTR grants or contracts throughout the lifetime of the company
d. Have a NJ resident or employee designated as Principal Investigator/Project Manager for the duration of the CSIT grant
e. Have 75% or more full time equivalent employees working in NJ at the time of application as evidenced by employee documentation (fulltime and part-time employees and contractors)
f. The primary place of performance on the Phase II SBIR/STTR project submission is a NJ address g. The applicant company has not had the closing date for an award of a CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct funding or Bridge funding grant within the past one year from this Notice of Funding issuance date (August 9, 2021)

Eligible Uses

The grant funding can be utilized to maintain project activities and cover general operating costs

Application Process and Board Approval/ Delegated Authority

Application process:
1. Applications will be open for a limited timeframe
2. A document completeness review will be done on a rolling basis as applications are received up to the application deadline
3. Applicants with missing documentation will be notified and given 10 business days to submit missing documents
4. Only complete applications after the missing documentation deadline will be evaluated and scored (Applicants that have been attempted to obtain missing state documentation but have not received it will be scored if they demonstrate they have attempted to obtain the documents since some NJ state agencies are taking longer than usual to process requests due to COVID. Missing documentation MUST be received prior to any recommendations of any award to any applicant.)
5. If more applications are received than available funding, priority will be given to applications that score the highest against the scoring criteria

Board Approval:
The CSIT Program Committee will review scored applications and make funding recommendations to the CSIT board. The CSIT Board will make final decision on grant winners

Delegated Authority:
Delegated Authority to the Executive Director to:
1. Make recommendations to move funds between Direct Funding and Bridge Funding components based on the applications received; and
2. Issue denial letters to applications with incomplete documentation following the extension period

Grant Amounts

Direct funding component $25,000 grants for thirty (30) SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award/contract winners Bridge funding component $50,000 grants for ten (10) SBIR/STTR Phase II applicants

Funding Disbursement

Full amount of the grant will be disbursed to the applicant upon the successful execution of a grant agreement between CSIT and the applicant outlining the funding amount, terms, and conditions of the grant

Archived Notice of Funding Availabilities

OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (OPRA)

Here you’ll find the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s official OPRA Request for Information form, materials regarding the OPRA process, as well as a schedule of fees. 

If you are interested in obtaining a user-friendly copy of the original OPRA legislation, as well as information on the OPRA appeals process, and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit New Jersey’s Government Records Council, the central organization that oversees the workings of the OPRA process throughout State government.

OPRA contact information at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority:

New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Attn: Custodian of Public Records
PO Box 990
Trenton, NJ 08625-0990
Phone (973) 855-3452
Fax: (973) 622-1576
E-mail: opra@njeda.com

ANNUAL REPORTS


2020

Click here for the NJEDA 2020 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA COVID-19 Project List
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statements

2019

Click here for the NJEDA 2019 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statements

2018
Click here for the NJEDA 2018 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statements

2017
Click here for the NJEDA 2017 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statements

2016
Click here for the NJEDA 2016 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statements

2015
Click here for the NJEDA 2015 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2014
Click here for the NJEDA 2014 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2013
Click here for the NJEDA 2013 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2012
Click here for the NJEDA 2012 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2011
Click here for the NJEDA 2011 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2010
Click here for the NJEDA 2010 Annual Report 
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2009
Click here for the NJEDA 2009 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2008
Click here for the NJEDA 2008 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements)
NJEDA Projects

2007
Click here for the NJEDA 2007 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements)
NJEDA  Projects

2006
Click here for the NJEDA 2006 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements)
NJEDA  Projects

2018 
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2013
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2012
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2011
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2010
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2009
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report 

2008
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offer assistance to municipalities, businesses, developers and community groups at various stages of the brownfield restoration process, from planning to cleanup and redevelopment.

The Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) has been an integral component of this assistance since 1993; helping to transform underutilized and contaminated sites into environmentally sound, productive properties. This is particularly important in the redevelopment of older urban areas so vital to achieving the smart growth objectives of the State’s Master Plan.

The NJEDA and the DEP, which jointly administer the program, are pleased to report the results of activities for calendar year 2008 under the HDSRF in accordance with N.J.S 58:10B-6. Click here to view.

2020

Click here to view the HDSRF report

2018 and 2019

Click here to view the HDSRF report

2013
Click here to view the HDSRF report

2012
Click here to view the HDSRF report.

2011
Click here to view the HDSRF report.

2010
Click here to view the HDSRF report.

2009
Click here to view the HDSRF report.

For more recent BEIP Annual Reports, please see the NJEDA Annual Reports. Moving forward, BEIP Annual Reports are included as an appendix on the NJEDA Annual Report.

2013
Click here for the FY2013 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2012
Click here for the FY2012 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2011
Click here for the FY2011 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2010
Click here for the FY2010 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2009
Click here for the FY2009 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2008
Click here for the FY2008 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2007
Click here for the FY2007 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2006
Click here for the FY2006 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2005
Click here for the FY2005 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

For more recent BRRAG Annual Reports, please see the NJEDA Annual Reports. Moving forward, BRRAG Annual Reports are included as an appendix on the NJEDA Annual Report.

2013
Click here for the FY2013 BRRAG Annual Report.

2012
Click here for the FY2012 BRRAG Annual Report.

2011
Click here for the FY2011 BRRAG Annual Report.

2010
Click here for the FY2010 BRRAG Annual Report.

2009
Click here for the FY2009 BRRAG Annual Report.

2008
Click here for the FY2008 BRRAG Annual Report.

ACTIVITY & OTHER REPORTS


The Main Street Recovery Finance Program is a suite of programs to support New Jersey micro business owners and partnering entities that can serve New Jersey micro businesses.

Please visit the links below for a list of businesses and non-profit organizations the NJEDA has assisted through the Main Street Recovery Finance Program.

Click here for Financially Assisted Projects with Construction Activity Report

Completed and Certified Incentive Projects

The Completed and Certified Incentive Project report is a compilation of all projects approved under the Grow New Jersey Assistance (Grow NJ), Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) and Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit programs that have certified completion and received tax credits or reimbursements to date.  

Click here to view the Completed and Certified Incentive Project report.

Emerge/Aspire Program Cap Utilization

The Emerge Tax Credit Program with NJ Aspire Program are capped at $1.1B per year over 6 years, with an option to roll-over unused program cap to a seventh year. Click here to view current allocation and Incentive Activity report

Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program

Click here for a list of approved Film Tax Credit projects

Click here for a list of approved the Digital Media Tax Credit projects

Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP)

Click here for a list of all executed BEIP grants (alphabetically)

Economic Redevelopment and Growth Program (ERG)

Click here for a list of all approved ERG projects under the N.J. Economic Opportunity Act of 2013

Click here for a list of all approved Legacy ERG projects.

Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant Program (BRRAG)

Click here for a list of all executed BRRAG grants (by date).

Grow New Jersey Assistance Program

Click here for a list of approved Grow NJ projects since the enactment of the N.J. Economic Opportunity Act of 2013.

Click here for a list of approved Legacy Grow NJ projects (prior to enactment of NJ Economic Opportunity Act of 2013

Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Program

Click here for a list of approved Urban Transit Hub projects (by date).

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