The summary for the Opportunity EDA05192010CLUSTERMAPPINGRESEARCH grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data FederalGrants.com provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Economic Development Administration, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Opportunity EDA05192010CLUSTERMAPPINGRESEARCH: Clusters - and specifically regional innovation clusters - represent an important concept for development practitioners aiming to promote the prosperity of their region. Unlike traditional clusters, regional innovation clusters represent not only the economic efficiencies that exist from the co-location of similar industries and suppliers, but also consist of the active networks of synergistic organizations that engage with various businesses within a particular industry sector, the regional assets that exist within the geographic region, and the nodes that are critical for supporting the innovation work of the industry sector, such as R&D centers, venture capitalists, universities and colleges, national labs, and networks of entrepreneurs. While the body of literature defining regional innovation clusters and discussing their impact on communities is prolific among academics, policy analysts, and national development organizations, this information has not been adequately translated and disseminated into an accessible and persuasive format to the people charged with promoting local economic prosperity. Recognizing this discontinuity, EDA solicits applications for an economic development research project aimed at developing a replicable method for identifying and mapping regional innovation clusters, providing resources on best practices, and providing recommendations on metrics for the evaluation of regional innovation clusters. Clusters - and specifically regional innovation clusters (RICs) - hold much promise for assisting local economic development specialists in developing comprehensive economic development strategies that can create jobs, spur business creation, and promote long-term economic prosperity. Unfortunately, while RICs have been widely discussed among policy circles, information on how to identify or support RICs has not been made widely available to front-line practitioners. To rectify this, EDA solicits applications from qualified researchers to accomplish the following: (a) Solicit Input from Practitioners and Policymakers, (b) Develop a Method for Identifying Regional Innovation Clusters, (c) Develop a National Map of Regional Innovation Clusters, (d) Create an Interactive Mapping Tool, (e) Feature Case Studies of Effective Regional Innovation Clusters, (f) Develop a Toolkit for Regions, (g) Identify Metrics for Success of Evaluating Regional Innovation Clusters, (h) Identify the Sustainability of the Project. Please see the full federal funding opportunity (FFO) announcement under "Full Announcement Link" below for more detailed information on each of the above-listed project tasks and the required scope of work.
Federal Grant Title: Opportunity EDA05192010CLUSTERMAPPINGRESEARCH
Federal Agency Name: Economic Development Administration
Grant Categories: Other Regional Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: EDA05192010CLUSTERMAPPINGRESEARCH
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 11.312
CFDA Descriptions: Research and Evaluation Program
Current Application Deadline: Jun 21, 2010
Original Application Deadline: Jun 21, 2010
Posted Date: May 18, 2010
Creation Date: May 18, 2010
Archive Date: Aug 21, 2010
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $1,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Category Explanation
The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. Through its Research and Evaluation program, EDA works towards fulfilling its mission by funding research and technical assistance projects to promote competitiveness and innovation in distressed rural and urban regions throughout the United States and its territories. By working in conjunction with its research partners, EDA will help States, local governments, and community-based organizations to achieve their highest economic potential. Under this opportunity, EDA solicits applications for an economic development research project aimed at developing a replicable method for identifying and mapping regional innovation clusters, providing resources on best practices, and providing recommendations on metrics for the evaluation of regional innovation clusters.
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments - County governments - City or township governments - Public and State controlled institutions of higher education - Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) - Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Private institutions of higher education - For profit organizations other than small businesses - Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Pursuant to the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (PWEDA), eligible applicants for and recipients of EDA investment assistance include a District Organization; an Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; a State; a city or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; an institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; and a public or private non-profit organization or association. For-profit, private-sector entities also are eligible for investment assistance under the Research and Evaluation program to carry out specific research or for other purposes set forth in section 207 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C. § 3147) and 13 C.F.R. § 306.1. See also 42 U.S.C. § 3122.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Information not provided
Grant Announcement Contact
Hillary Sherman-Zelenka

Hsherman@eda.doc.gov [Hsherman@eda.doc.gov]
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