Can a TAP company apply before having a registered company so long as they are registered before being awarded?
Yes, however, all eligibility requirements (register with Division of Corporations, substantial presence in UT, etc.) must be met before funding can be provided.
What is the allowable budget request for TAP?
There is no set amount for TAP funding. Budgets should be driven by the cost associated with achieving the technical milestones proposed.
Is there a budget or biosketch template to be used with the application? We can not find one online.
The required templates for the application will be on the website accepting applications, taputah.com, starting September 1st. If your required letter of intent (due 8/25) is approved and USTAR invites you to submit an application, you will be given a proposal number at that time. A proposal number is required to access the application.
What is the total award amount for this round?
Approximately $2 million is anticipated
Please clarify what is expected in the GRAMA form. Does this limit the requests that can be made to my small business by the state of Utah and/or others?
In the GRAMA form, make note of any proprietary information that will be in your application (trade secrets, financial disclosures, etc.). USTAR is a state agency, and is subject to receiving GRAMA requests from the public. Contracts between a state agency and an independent party are public information. Should USTAR receive a GRAMA request, the agency will refer to the GRAMA form submitted by the applicant, and anything marked as proprietary would be redacted.
There is mention that equipment should not exceed $5,000. Is that for a single piece of equipment, or the total expense for equipment?
Any single piece of equipment exceeding $5,000 requires a specific detailed justification in the “Budget Justification” form. Items less than $5,000 may be grouped together, but still require justification in the “Budget Justification” form. In both scenarios, justification is needed for new equipment and the corresponding milestone(s) needs to be provided.
In the meetings, there was mention that the goal for the economic section was to "create quality jobs in Utah". What is meant by "quality"? Is there a definition you are using? Or a standard for "quality" that we should be looking for?
Quality jobs are defined as any job paying 125% of the county average wage.
The TAP-LOI Template requires a Utah Business License Number, and because we are operating as a “Home Occupation Business” the state does not require a business license. Can we leave the “Utah Business License Number” field blank, or do we need to obtain a business license just for this application? We have applied for a business license, but our local city would not guarantee that we would have the license number before August 25th.
You can leave the business license number field blank. However, please note that you must have the business license in place before you are able to receive USTAR funding, which would take place after the review process, and after our Governing Authority approves funding your proposal.
Can you please provide more of an explanation of the types of Big Data projects that would be acceptable if software development or SaaS is not acceptable. The compelling work in Big Data is primarily in algorithms and software/ systems. The official definition of Big Data projects is well described (excerpted below), but again, all of those included are software / system developments. (specific hardware for big data largely consists of systems integration of off the shelf technology such as NVIDIA CUDA-driven systems, supercomputing clusters of off the shelf servers or CUDA based systems etc, so it does not really seem to be the type of innovation USTAR is looking for). Do you mean that "end user" or "consumer" software application development is not in scope? Is business to business software in scope? backend technology for licensing ? other?
We are interested in potential Big Data technologies. We want to be sure we are not funding work where there is already sufficient angel/venture/private investment or the barrier to entry is low enough that the need for government support doesn’t exist. For example, we are not funding the development of games, phone/tablet apps and software development/solutions that are effectively just coding or programing. We are interested in funding Big Data technology development that includes addressing unsolved problems in areas such as AI, quantum computing, neural computing, etc.