A: You are not eligible to apply for these grants directly, but we encourage you to work with a non-profit organization to define a project in which that organization’s assets or services will advance your manufacturing operations or capabilities.
The grants are awarded to non-profits, as they will be the lead applicant, but applications must include industry partnerships.
A: Non-profits that work with manufacturers include economic development organizations, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers, colleges and universities, including Centers of Excellence (COE) and Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT), incubators and many others.
The applicant must clearly demonstrate how its assets and or services will be leveraged to assist the industry partner(s) through the project.
A: Funding is awarded to the lead applicant and will be expended according to the project budget.
Application scoring criteria includes reasonableness of budget and use of funds.
A: FuzeHub does not make any claim to IP ownership from grant applications to the Fund. IP ownership is determined by the applicant team (the non-profit and the company(ies) in the application), and not something that FuzeHub has a preferred policy for.
FuzeHub treats each application as confidential. Additionally, all selection panelists who score applications have signed panelist agreements with confidentiality clauses, and treat each application confidential. However, all confidential or proprietary information, including confidential IP, should be clearly marked as such where it appears.
A: Colleges and universities are allowed up to three applications per quarter, but each application should clearly be from a different department or center with a distinct project and industry partners.
A: Yes. Each application is scored individually on its own merit.
A: In cases where an applicant that is a university employs an individual who is also an employee of or has a financial stake in a company that is part of the applicant team, FuzeHub considers such applicants to be eligible, provided that the application receives a letter of support from the university official responsible for overseeing compliance with the institution’s conflict of interest policies. In these cases, the university administrator should submit a letter with the application affirming the university’s understanding of the employee’s private sector interests as they relate to the project, and affirm that the university supports the project and deems it compliant with the institution’s conflict of interest policies.
In cases where a non-profit that is not a university employs an individual who is also an employee or has a financial stake in a company that is part of the applicant team, FuzeHub considers such applicants to be eligible, provided that the application receives a letter of support from the non-profit’s board chair, who has reviewed the application and potential conflicts of interest.
A: In the event that we receive more than 3 applications from a university, we will communicate with all applicants to inform them that we have received more than the limit. We will request that they decide internally which applications should be considered for the current quarter, and ask them to consider holding the excess applications until the following quarter.
To alleviate this issue altogether, we encourage the departments within colleges and universities communicate to coordinate their response to this funding opportunity.
A: No. Each application should contain one project, but the project can benefit multiple companies, and have multiple non-profit partners.
A: In general, equipment-related proposals will be viewed most competitively if equipment ownership is maintained by the non-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.
A: Any member of the applicant team can contribute matching funds or resources for the grant application. The application should clearly indicate which organizations are contributing to the match.
A: Equipment, materials and supplies, and consultant and staff time, so long as they are project specific, are eligible to be counted for match.
A: The cash equity requirement can be shown as any materials, supplies, equipment, etc. that are purchased for the project that were paid for in cash.
These items can be demonstrated on the project budget worksheet by labeling one column (of columns B-E) as either “in-kind” or as “cash,” with the corresponding organization that is responsible. Receipts and documentation will be required with the grant reports for the items listed in the cash column.
A: No. The application should not include budget items that will have been incurred prior to the grant agreement. Project costs that were incurred prior to the grant agreement date are ineligible for reimbursement.
A: There is no set limit on administrative costs directly related to the project, but budgets will be scored on the best use of funds. Also, funding cannot be used for indirect costs or overhead—that is, operational expenses that are not directly related to executing the project, for example office rent, utilities, legal and insurance fees (non-project specific), and other administrative fees and static organizational operating costs. Salary and fringe benefits are eligible expenses to the extent that personnel time is directly involved in the project.
A: The grants are only for New York State companies with fewer than 500 employees. Companies with more than 500 total employees are currently ineligible.
A: Yes. The maximum number of characters includes spaces. These are indeed counted in characters and not words. Most document applications will show a character count, and there are several online tools available to assist in determining character count.
A: No. To best ensure that no data is lost, we recommend that you save your application responses on a separate document.
A: Yes, an application may be updated and resubmitted in subsequent quarters if it is not successful the first time it is submitted.