Business Innovation Act of 2011
Provides funding to help businesses develop new technologies that lead to quality job opportunities across the state. Competitive grants provide funding and technical assistance for research at Nebraska institutions, new product development and testing, and help expand small business and entrepreneur outreach efforts. The program offers several distinct areas of assistance listed below:
Nebraska Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIR)
Provides financial assistance to small businesses maintaining a principal place of business in Nebraska. The Initiative supports applications to the federal Small Business Innovation Research Program (Phase 0) and subsequent successful federal Small Business Innovation Research program applications (Phase 1 and 2).
- Nebraska SBIR “Phase 0 “Planning Grants Guidelines | Application
- Nebraska SBIR Matching Grants for Phase I and Phase II Guidelines | Application
Nebraska Innovation Fund
Provides financial assistance to individuals and businesses operating in Nebraska to support proof of concept activities and commercialization of products or processes.
- Nebraska Prototyping Program (pre-seed stage)
Nebraska Innovation Fund-Prototype grant funds will be available in January of 2014. Applications will be accepted beginning December 16, 2013 for consideration in January of 2014.
- Nebraska Commercialization Program (seed stage) Guidelines | Application
Nebraska Research and Development Program
Provides Nebraska businesses with the opportunity to partner with the State of Nebraska, and Nebraska colleges and universities to fund research and development activities that lead to new or better products, processes, and innovations that, without state assistance, may not occur.
Nebraska Microenterprise Assistance Program
Provides technical assistance to Nebraska microenterprises located in distressed rural and urban areas to better assure their full potential to create jobs, enhance entrepreneurial skills and activities, and increase low-income households' capacity to become self-sufficient.