The Application period is open.
The deadline for this funding cycle is May 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm EST.

Awards will be selected in July.

Please note, beginning May 1, 2019, the Innovation Fund will accept applications through a new online system and will have a different appearance. Applicants will be required to create a Survey Monkey Apply Account in order to submit an application.

The Manufacturing Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between companies and non-profit organizations in New York State that work with the manufacturing industry. Check this page for the latest information on Manufacturing Grant eligibility, guidelines, FAQs, news and the application process.

Updated grant guidelines, application questions, FAQs and project budget template are now available. 

Eligibility

A.   Eligible Applicants

  • New York State not-for-profit organizations. [1]
    • Community Colleges are eligible to submit one application.
    • In the case of a university, up to three different centers or departments at a given university may apply. [2] University applicants must provide the subset of the university such as college, school or department in the application form.
  • Applicants must partner with a New York State small or medium sized (SME) manufacturer or other early-stage company with a project relevant to the manufacturing sector. For the purposes of this grant, SME is defined as a business with at least one physical establishment in New York State, and no more than 500 employees across the entire firm or enterprise worldwide.

B.   Eligibility Factors

  • All team members, including the company benefiting from the project, must be located in New York State. [3]
  • Applicants may only submit one application.
  • A not-for profit, or a specific department of a university, can only receive one Manufacturing Grant award per year.

C.   Eligible Projects

Eligible projects will include those that are used by the applicant to assist companies with the following types of projects:

  • Adoption of new technology to enhance a process and/or product
  • Prototype development
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Proof-of-concept manufacturing
  • Manufacturing scale-up
  • Manufacturing-related equipment purchases [4] [5]
  • Other projects to advance manufacturing or manufacturing capabilities

Project timeline must not exceed 12 months.

[1] As part of FuzeHub’s mission, FuzeHub has contractual and other relationships with many for- and not-for-profit entities throughout the State. The entities with which FuzeHub may have relationships include, but are not limited to, the following: universities and their underlying departments and schools, and economic development entities and/or not-for-profits such as Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers, all of which are also eligible for the grants.

[2] In the case of the SUNY system, only three applications may come from a single campus.

[3] In limited cases, FuzeHub will consider awarding projects with a non-New York State industry partner, if that company can demonstrate that they are in the process of moving production/jobs to New York State. Out-of-state companies and their not-for-profit applicant should discuss the project with FuzeHub prior to submitting an application in order to confirm eligibility. Companies may be required to submit additional supporting documentation outlining their plans in New York State.

[4] Manufacturing-related equipment purchases are eligible when a not-for-profit or industry partner has demonstrated: the need for such equipment and relevance to the proposed project; a utilization rate of fifty percent or more; an agreement on location; and a willingness to allow use by other New York State companies, as appropriate.

[5] In general, equipment-related proposals will be viewed most competitively if equipment ownership is maintained by the not-for-profit applicant and the equipment benefits more than one company. However, proposals in which a manufacturer would own the equipment will also be considered, and FuzeHub will work with awardee teams to negotiate mutual agreement on this issue.