Request for Project Proposals for 2014-15 Academic Year

Round I Submission Deadline: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM (Fall, Spring or Both)

Round II Submission Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5:00 PM (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 2014-15 academic year. Proposals based on past SPIR funded projects seeking continuation may also be submitted. Single semester proposals for Fall '14 (Sept-Dec) or Spring '15 (Feb-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
  • Value addition 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 5:00 PM on Friday, April 11, 2014 and Round II proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, October 31, 2014. Decisions on funding will be emailed to company contact by May 16th for Round I and November 21st for Round II.

Please 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, Web Site Address
  • Company Contact Information: Name, Address, Phone Number, Fax Number, Email Address
  • Project Information:Description, Deliverables, Expertise Sought or Needed, BU Faculty Contact Name if known, Project Duration (Start Date, End Date) 
    • Fall 2014 Semester: August 26 - December 17, 2014
    • Spring 2015 Semester: January 26 - May 20, 2015
    • Academic Year 2014-15: August 26 - December 17, 2014 + January 26 - May 20, 2014
  • 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% tuition scholarship and stipend for one graduate student, $1000 of faculty stipend, and up to $250 of faculty/student travel cost connected to the project per semester
  • Company shall fund: $3500 as graduate student stipend and project related travel cost exceeding $250 per semester (or $7000 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: 2/5/14