SPIR Application

SPIR at Binghamton University is currently soliciting proposals for the 2020-21 Academic Year.

Round I

  • Submission deadline : April 6, 2020, 5 p.m.
    • You can apply for Fall '20 (Aug - Dec), Spring '21 (Jan - May) or Academic Year 2020-21 (Aug - May)
    • Decisions on funding for Round 1: Emailed by end of May, 2020

Round II

  • Submission deadline: Nov. 15, 2020, 5 p.m.
    • You can apply for Spring '21 only 
    • Decision on Funding for Round 2: Emailed by late Dec. 1, 2020.

Proposals based on past SPIR-funded projects seeking continuation may be submitted. Single semester proposals for spring '21 (Jan-May) or fall '20 (Aug-Dec) or proposals that cover both semesters will be considered for Round I. Spring '21-only proposals will be accepted in Round II.

SPIR Funding

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

SPIR shall fund: 100 percent tuition scholarship and stipend for one graduate student and $1,000 of faculty stipend.
Company shall fund: New companies contribute $3,500 as graduate student stipend per semester ($7000 for Academic Year) and project-related lab/travel costs. Company contributions will increase $500 per semester ($1000 for academic year) for the following academic year. Company contributions will increase to a maximum of $5000 per semester.

Number of Years in SPIR Program
Year 1
$3500      $7000
Year 2
$4000      $8000
Year 3
$4500     $9000
Year 4
$5000     $10000

 * Does not include lab fees or travel expenses.

Proposal Evaluation

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

Proposal Submission Guidance

Online Submission: 

Please submit your proposal by filling out the online form below.

Information requested on the online form:

  • Company & Contact Information

  • Description, deliverables
  • Expertise sought or needed
  • Binghamton University faculty contact name (if known)
  • Project duration (start date, end date)
    • Fall 2020 semester: Aug - Dec , 2020 
    • Spring 2021 semester: Jan - May, 2021
    • Academic year 2019-20: Aug, 2020 - May, 2021 
  • 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