Request for Project Proposals for 2016-17 Academic Year

Round I submission deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 (fall, spring or both)

Round II submission deadline: 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 (spring only)

The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program was established in 1994 by the State University of New York’s engineering schools to help small and mid-sized businesses apply technology solutions to improve competitive position and to retain and create jobs in New York state. SPIR at Binghamton University is currently soliciting proposals for the 2016-17 academic year. Proposals based on past SPIR-funded projects seeking continuation may also be submitted. Single semester proposals for fall '16 (Aug-Dec) or spring '17 (Jan-May) or proposals that cover both semesters will be considered for Round I. Spring-only proposals will also be accepted in Round II.

By leveraging the resources and the talents of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University, SPIR can assist you in streamlining your operations, adding high technology content to your products, breaking into new markets or devising methods to adapt to new industrial regulations.

SPIR can help your business be more competitive, expand markets and create new technology intensive jobs. Our industry partners span a multitude of domains including communications, clean or renewable energy technology, computer hardware, defense technology, life sciences, electronics, sensors, displays, semiconductor and software. We have provided technical support helping them solve their most pressing problems including:

Industry transformation into high-technology domain

  • Streamlining, computerizing or automating work flow or manufacturing processes
  • Adding high-technology content to diversify existing products
  • Adding value to hardware or software products
  • Vertical integration of product or process lines

Research and Development (R&D) of new, high-technology products, processes, or systems

  • R&D of high-risk but highly promising high-tech product or process ideas
  • In communications, clean or renewable energy technology, computer hardware, defense technology, life sciences, electronics, sensors, displays, semiconductor, software, etc.
  • Material, device or component testing; process yield enhancement; cost reduction
  • Plant layout, resources and process planning, ergonomics, employee training
Building a platform to nurture synergy and high-technology growth
  • Organizing and conducting seminars, workshops or training in high technology
  • Developing marketing and business development platform for area high-tech industries

Proposal Submission Guidance

Round I proposals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, and Round II proposals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Decisions on funding will be e-mailed to company contact by Friday, May 13 for Round I, and Friday, Nov. 18 for Round II.

Contact the SPIR office if you have any questions. We can also help you contact and enlist the support of interested Watson faculty members in your proposal preparation work.

Project applications should be submitted via our online Project Application Form. Information to be provided includes:

    • Company information: Name, address, number of employees, website address
    • Company contact information: Name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address
Project information: 
    Description, deliverables, expertise sought or needed, Binghamton University faculty contact name if known, project duration (start date, end date) 
    • Fall 2016 semester: Aug. 23 - Dec. 28, 2016
    • Spring 2017 semester: Jan. 17 - May 19, 2017
    • Academic year 2016-17: Aug. 23 - Dec. 28, 2016 + Jan. 17 - May 19, 2017
  • Project economic impact: Description of positive impact project will have on company, number of company jobs retained, number of company jobs added, anticipated SBIR/STTR or other grant funding

Proposal Funding Guidance

Each semester project is funded on a cost-share basis as follows:

  • SPIR shall fund: 100 percent tuition scholarship and stipend for one graduate student, $1,000 of faculty stipend and up to $250 of faculty/student travel cost connected to the project per semester
  • Company shall fund: $3,500 as graduate student stipend and project-related travel cost exceeding $250 per semester (or $7,000 and $500, respectively, for the academic year.)

Proposal Evaluation Guidance

All proposals will be reviewed by the SPIR director and SPIR Advisory Board at Binghamton University and will be evaluated based on scientific and technical merit of the proposals and on their alignment with the SPIR mission and objectives.

Further Information

All awardees of SPIR funds shall be required to execute a contract with SPIR and Binghamton University. A copy of the contract and SPIR guidelines are available on our Sample Contract and Policies page.

Last Updated: 2/24/16