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The i6 Green Challenge: a $12 million competition


The $12 million i6 Green competition is an important component of President Obama’s Startup America initiative to promote American innovation and win the future.

i6 Green, which builds on the success of last year’s inaugural i6 Challenge, focuses on the nexus between economic development and environmental quality. It encourages communities to employ the characteristics of Proof of Concept Centers to accelerate technology-led economic development in pursuit of a vibrant, innovative clean economy. The competition rewards innovative, ground-breaking ideas that enable technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth.

The i6 Green competition is being administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). EDA will award up to $1 million to each of six winning teams with the most innovative proof of concept center idea to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in their regions. NSF, DOE, EPA, and USDA, may award a total of up to $6.3 million in supplemental funding to various partners of the winning teams. NIST and USPTO will offer technical assistance to applicants and recipients.

Applications must be submitted by May 26, 2011. In addition, each applicant MUST
submit a letter of intent to by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 2, 2011 to be
considered for funding.