Technology Innovation Program (TIP)

 

Technology Innovation Program (TIP), is a cost-shared federal financial assistance program to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
11.616
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: At the end of FY 2012, there were 41 active projects. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
Authorization
The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act, Section 3012, Public Law 110-69, 15 U.S.C 278n.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
A U.S.-owned, single, small-sized ormedium-sized company doing a majority of its business in the UnitedStates or a joint venture may apply for TIP funding. Members of jointventures that are companies must also be doing a majority of their business in the United States. In addition, a company incorporated inthe United States that has a parent company incorporated in another country may apply as either a single applicant or a joint venture memberprovided that certain requirements are met. Institutions of higher education, national laboratories, governmental laboratories (not including NIST), and nonprofit research institutions may also participate as a member of a joint venture.
Beneficiary Eligibility
A U.S.-owned, single, small-sized or medium-sized company doing a majority of its business in the United States or a joint venture may apply for TIP funding. Members of joint ventures that are companies must also be doing a majority of their business in the United States. In addition, a company incorporated in the United States that has a parent company incorporated in another country may apply as either a single applicant or a joint venture member provided that certain requirements are met. Institutions of higher education, national laboratories, governmental laboratories (not including NIST), and nonprofit research institutions may also participate as a member of a joint venture.
Credentials/Documentation
Proposals require statements of work and detailed budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable federal cost principles found in OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for institutions of higher education, A-122 for nonprofit organizations, 48 C.F.R. 31 for commercial organizations, and 45 C.F.R. 74, Appendix E for hospitals. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Proposals are submitted in response to formal competition announcements and requests for proposals published in the Federal Register and Grants.gov. Proposals must be prepared in accordance with the instructions in the TIP Proposal Preparation Kit.
Award Procedure
Competitive award process based upon published evaluation and award criteria.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
TIP awards may be renewed within the statutory time limitation based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected for funding based on the evaluation criteria listed in 15 C.F.R. § 296.21 and the award criteria listed in 15 C.F.R. § 296.22. Additionally, no proposal will be funded unless TIP determines that it has scientific and technical merit and that the proposed research has strong potential for addressing a societal challenge within the TIP-identified areas of critical national need.
How may assistance be used?
Single small or medium sized company recipients can receive up to a total of $3 million in TIP funding for R and D activities spanning up to 3 years. TIP funds may only be used to pay direct costs. Single company recipients are responsible for funding all of their indirect/overhead costs. Small and medium sized companies applying as single company proposers must cost share at least 50 percent of the yearly total project costs (direct plus all of the indirect costs). A large-sized company is not eligible to apply for TIP funding. Joint venture recipients can receive up to a total of $9 million for R and D activities spanning up to 5 years. TIP funds may only be used to pay direct costs. Joint ventures are responsible for funding all of their indirect/overhead costs. Joint ventures must cost share at least 50 percent of the yearly total project costs (direct plus all of the indirect costs). A joint venture is a business arrangement that includes (1) at least two separately owned small-sized or medium-sized for-profit companies that are both substantially involved in the project and both of which are contributing to the cost-sharing requirement, with the lead entity of the joint venture being an eligible company as defined in the TIP regulations (15 CFR Part 296); or(2)at least one eligible company and one institution of higher education or other organization,such as a national laboratory, governmental laboratory (not including NIST), or nonprofit research institute, that are both substantially involved in the project and both of which are contributing to the cost sharing requirement, with the lead entity of the joint venture being either the eligible company or the institution of higher education.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Quarterly technical performance, impact assessment, and financial reports. Quarterly and financial reports. Quarterly technical performance, impact assessment reports. Quarterly financial reports. Quarterly technical performance and impact assessment reports.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits of all recipients shall be conducted in accordance with Government Auditing Standards (GAS) issued by the Comptroller General of the United States (the Yellow Book). TIP recipients covered under OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, should have an audit performed in accordance with the requirements of the OMB Circular.
Records
All financial and programmatic records are required to remain available to the federal government for 3 years from the date of submission of the final financial status report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Chapter 15, Part 296.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Recipients must cost share at least 50 percent of the yearly total project costs (direct plus all of the indirect costs).
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Single recipients may receive TIP funding for up to 3 years. Joint venture recipients may receive funding for up to 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Automated Standard Application for Payment System (ASAP).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Technology Innovation Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 4701, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4701. Telephone: 1 (888) 847-6478. Fax: (301) 926-9524. Email: tip@nist.gov .
Headquarters Office
Karen Williams 100 Bureau Drive
Admin Bldg Room A329, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 Email: karen.williams@nist.gov Phone: 301-975-4429
Website Address
www.nist.gov/tip .
Financial Information
Account Identification
13-0525-0-1-376.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 12 $4,361,000; FY 13 est $1,414,000; and FY 14 est $1,074,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
New program; therefore, no range and average available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Implementing regulations are published at 15 C.F.R. Part 296. The TIP Proposal Preparation Kit is available at www.nist.gov/tip/helpful.html . This program is also subject to the provisions of 15 C.F.R. Part 14.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available

 



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