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USTAR Accepting Letters of Intent for Spring Round of TAP Funding

USTAR is now accepting letters of intent (LOI) for the spring round of its Technology Acceleration Program (TAP). LOIs are required to submit a full proposal and are being accepted at ustargrants.org until Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.

“We are encouraged with the caliber of proposals submitted in past TAP rounds and look forward to this round of TAP awardees who are poised to contribute to Utah’s technology landscape and provide benefit to Utah’s economy,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., USTAR executive director.

TAP is a competitive research grant program designed for Utah-based start-ups and early stage companies working in one of USTAR’s FY18 technology sectors: aerospace, automation and robotics (including IOT and smart cities technologies), big data and cybersystems, energy and clean technology, or life sciences. Anticipated available funding for this round is approximately $2M.

TAP funding may be used for research and development, proof of concept, product validation, and product development. TAP requires the initial stage of the technology to be at a technology readiness level (TRL) of 3-5.

Applicants whose LOIs are accepted will receive instructions on completing a full proposal which is due March 20.  Proposals will be evaluated by review panels made up of technical and industry experts. These panels recommend funding for the projects based on a scoring rubric which includes technical merit, potential economic impact to the state, commercial viability and team evaluations. Funding is awarded based on technical milestones with projects not to exceed 18 months.

A webinar to discuss the program and changes for this round will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Feb 8 at Noon. Register at https://fy18_spring_tap.eventbrite.com.

Additional information is available at tap.ustar.org.

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