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As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub administers the Innovation Challenge. The purpose of the Innovation Challenge is to support technology development in specific manufacturing industries, based on current market needs at the time of the challenge.

This is an intermittent track. Eligibility requirements and application timelines vary from one Challenge to another.

Click here for a copy of the application questions for reference.

Award Details

FuzeHub anticipates making 3 awards of $50,000 each.

About the Challenge

For the purpose of this Innovation Challenge, “advanced materials” include:

  • New materials for new applications
  • New materials for existing applications
  • Existing materials for new applications
Importantly, the application must advance “environmental sustainability”, the responsibility to conserve natural resources and protect ecosystems now and into the future. The strongest applications will use advanced materials that are themselves sustainable within applications that promote environmental sustainability.


A. Eligible Applicants: Non-profit organizations in New York State, including non-profit institutions of higher education, are eligible to apply as lead applicants for the Innovation Challenge. The lead applicant must partner with a small to medium-sized manufacturer (“Industry Partner”) that fulfills the eligibility requirements below.

B. Eligible Industry Partners: Manufacturing companies in any stage of maturity with a:

  • Physical establishment in New York State, and no more than 500 employees Worldwide;
  • Dun & Bradstreet profile that includes a registered North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code specific to manufacturing
FuzeHub encourages participation by military veterans, socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses, as well as businesses owned by minorities or women.


Applications Open:

September 1, 2022

Applications Close:

September 30, 2022

Awardees Notified:

Early November 2022

Click here to download a copy of the application questions for reference.

Posted/Modified May 15, 2024. Please check back for any updates.

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