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CLEAN TECH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) VOUCHER PROGRAM (ROUND 3)


The Round 3 Clean Tech R&D Voucher Program is intended to support early-stage clean tech/clean energy companies in NJ to access core facilities, equipment and makerspaces at any participating NJ University Facility or Government labs for clean energy/clean technological research and development. Eligible applicants can apply for multiple Vouchers up to a cap of $40,000 within any twelve (12)-month period.

The objectives of the Round 3 Clean Tech R&D Voucher Program are to:

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Round 3 Clean Tech R&D Voucher Program is intended to support early-stage clean tech/clean energy companies in NJ to access core facilities, equipment and makerspaces at any participating NJ University Facility or Government labs for clean energy/clean technological research and development. 

The objectives of the Round 2 Clean Tech R&D Voucher Program are to:

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

Eligible applicants can apply for multiple Vouchers up to a cap of $40,000 within any twelve (12)-month period. Approved Vouchers will be valid for a period of twelve (12) months (starting from date of the Voucher reservation approval letter) and any unused approved Voucher amounts will be cancelled after the twelve (12) month period and returned to the Program budget for future use.

Eligible Applicants can receive Vouchers to defray the costs associated with any of the following services or activities in a participating University Facility or Government labs:

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

The program will fund technology development projects between Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1 (Basic Research) through TRL 7 (Integrated Pilot System Demonstrated) intended to avoid emissions of, or recapture, greenhouse gases and/or criteria pollutants, or to enable such avoidance or recapture. The following technology areas are eligible under the program:

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

ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA

Applicants for the Round 3 Clean Tech R&D Voucher Program must meet the following eligibility criteria:

The Program will be implemented by CSIT and NJEDA, and technical support will be provided at participating University Facilities and Government labs. 

  • Be authorized and in good standing to conduct business in NJ as evidenced by a current NJ tax clearance certificate listing CSIT. All certificates listing another state agency will be rejected.
  • Have no more than fifty (50) full-time equivalent (“FTE”) workers (FTE calculated on a 35-hour work week) at time of application.
  • Have a minimum of one (1) full time worker (calculated on a 35-hour work week). A worker may be the founder and may be paid or unpaid.
  • 50% or more of the cumulative hours worked by all workers, founders, and contractors must be conducted in NJ (calculated on an FTE (Full Time Equivalent) basis – 35 hrs. per week).
  • Have less than or equal to five million dollars ($5,000,000) in prior calendar year sales revenue (excluding grant revenue).
  • Applicant company must be 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

Participating facilities/makerspaces must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be in a 2-year or 4-year college or university (public, state, or non-profit), or a federal facility or a makerspace located in New Jersey
  • Must allow outside businesses to utilize research and development facilities on fee-for-service basis
  • Must provide a contact person to facilitate requests and participate in Clean Tech R&D Voucher Committee meetings

The Program will be implemented by CSIT and NJEDA, and technical support will be provided at participating University Facilities and Government labs. 

AWARD SIZE

Eligible applicants can apply for multiple Vouchers up to a cap of $40,000 within any twelve (12)-month period. Approved Vouchers will be valid for a period of twelve (12) months (starting from date of the Voucher reservation approval letter) and any unused approved Voucher amounts will be cancelled after the twelve (12) month period and returned to the Program budget for future use.

APPLICATION

The application for this program is under development. Please reference this page for future updates.

Click on our Clean Tech Asset Map to find information on core facilities, equipment and makerspaces available in New Jersey’s world-class Universities and Federal labs to support clean tech/clean energy research and development.