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USTAR’s Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) provides competitive grants to early-stage companies to make them competitive for private capital. Grants can include research and development, proof of concept, product validation, and product development. TAP grants require specific, measurable milestones that must be met to receive funding. In addition to the award, TAP awardees receive non-material support, such as referral to USTAR’s partner networks, to assist in achieving technical and business milestones with the goal of commercial success. TAP projects are limited to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3 to 5, with outcomes not to exceed 6. The TRL limitation allows successful TAP projects to be ready to compete for other private and public funding including the Technology Commercialization Innovation Program (TCIP) from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) which funds projects beyond TRL 6.