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About TTAG


As of August 2016, the TTAG program is managed by AEDC Manufacturing Solutions.

The Technology Transfer Assistance Grant (TTAG) Program provides limited financial support for the transfer and deployment of innovative technology to Arkansas-based enterprises.

TTAG awards are made to the technology transfer resource provider. The resource provider must possess the capability to locate and transfer innovative technology and to transfer it to a specific Arkansas-based enterprise.

In certain cases, to be determined on a case by case basis, the resource provider could be the company requesting assistance if they have the capablity to locate and transfer the innovative technology. The technology being transferred must resolve a company's technology-based problem, issue or concern.

The best way to understand how minigrants like TTAGS can benefit your company is to look at past recipients and what they used it for. Below are some examples of past recipients who have used TTAGS for various purposes.

Schedule of TTAG Meeting Dates

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by the Friday before the meeting in which they are to be reviewed.

2016

  • 08/18/2016
  • 09/01/2016
  • 09/15/2016
  • 09/29/2016
  • 10/13/2016
  • 10/27/2016
  • 11/10/2016
  • 11/24/2016
  • 12/08/2016
  • 12/22/2016


The Technology Transfer Assistance Grant Program (TTAG) assists Arkansas firms in developing or improving products or processes through the transfer of technical solutions to technology-based, industry-driven problems, thus enhancing the market competitiveness of that firm.

The Division of Science & Technology provides limited financial support for the transfer and deployment of innovative technology. It will fund up to $3,750 of costs associated with transferring new or existing technology from a qualified applicant -- such as a public or private enterprise, laboratory, college or university -- to an enterprise based in Arkansas. Up to $5,000 of total project costs will be considered, with the first $2,500 funded by AEDC; the remaining $2,500 is cost-shared equally (50:50) between AEDC and the enterprise. Each enterprise is eligible to receive assistance for two technology transfer projects per year. Projects are evaluated on a competitive basis.

Thd division defines eligibility as broadly as possible to encourage submissions that reflect the greatest potential for project success. Qualified eligible applicants include one or more technology transfer resource providers who possess or have the capability to locate innovative technology to transfer to a specific Arkansas-based enterprise.

All qualified applicants must complete the on-line application at the link below. The application must address the transfer of innovative technology from a qualified Resource Provider to an Arkansas-based enterprise.

Projects will be evaluated by Division staff on every other Thursday (see schedule below). Evaluation criteria include the demonstration of support resources available to ensure probable project success, as well as technical and commercial feasibility of the project. The project must have a time frame of no longer than 90 days.

The best way to understand how minigrants like TTAGS can benefit your company is to look at past recipients and what they used it for. Below are some examples of past recipients who have used TTAGS for various purposes.
BlueInGreen developed an SBIR Phase II proposal.

EquityNet adapted an existing business analysis tool.

InterveXion Therapeutics used the funds for marketing strategic development.

ORLUMET developed an SBIR Phase I proposal.
Baldor Electric used the funds to pay for an ISO 9000 Assessment.

Whirlpool Corporation used the funds to develop corrective action databases.

Lennox Industries to create employee hiring procedures.

SGL Carbon used funds to pay for an Arc Flash Assessment.

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The Technology Transfer Assistance Grant (TTAG) Program provides limited financial support for the transfer and deployment of innovative technology to Arkansas-based enterprises.

TTAG grants are awarded to the technology transfer resource provider. The resource provider must possess the capability to locate and transfer innovative technology and to transfer it to a specific Arkansas-based enterprise. In certain cases, to be determined on a case-by-case basis, the resource provider could be the company requesting assistance if they have the capability to locate and transfer the innovative technology. The technology being transferred must resolve a company's technology-based problem, issue or concern.

Because the Division of Science & Technology wishes to leverage its limited grant funds to the greatest extent possible, the total maximum funding available is $5,000 per project. The Division will award the first $2,500 of project cost and the remainder will be cost-shared equally (50:50) between AEDC and the enterprise being assisted by the applicant. The enterpise being assisted assumes all cost in excess of $5,000. As a rule, preference will be given to the projects that have a company cash match. A maximum of two TTAG grant awards can be received for a given enterprise in one state fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

TTAG grant awards can be used to fund costs associated with engineering or technical support fees, database searches, travel, responses to the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) or the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) and other costs to be decided on a case-by-case basis. TAG grant awards will not fund costs associated with fixed assets for an enterprise or costs associated primarily with training.

AEDC has designated the TTAG Program as a cash match for a federal grant. Because of this matching requirement, it is necessary for the Division of Science & Technology to document evidence of a enterprise's cash contribution for every TTAG project. The evidence of payment must be received by AEDC prior to the issuance of the TTAG award funds to the resource provider. Exceptions to this requirement will be reviewed and determined by the Division of Science & Technology on a case-by-case basis. The evidence of an enterprise's cash contribution can be in the form of the following forms:

    - Compay cash match payment to AEDC, who in turn pays the resource provider.
    - A copy of the enterprise's check being submitted to the resource provider.

The resource provider should work with the company to complete all questions on the application form. The application form must be signed by the resource provider and the assisted enterprise. By signing the TTAG application, the resource provider agrees to provide the stated services to the enterprise, and the enterprise agrees to pay the cash match and respond to up to two post-project surveys within 24 months from the projects completion. The surveys are necessary to document the results and impacts of the project to AEDC stakeholders. The applicant should not submit to the Division of Science & Technology any confidential or proprietary information unless so marked. The resource provider is required to submit a final project report to the Devision no later than 30 days after completion of the project. Failure to meet these requirements could impact future funding consideration.

The TTAG program is intentionally flexible and broad in scope. It is intended to provide financing that allows a technology to better compete for support in other Division programs.

All TTAG Applications must be submitted by the Friday previous to each TTAG Review Committee Meeting to be covered.


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