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Advanced Research Grants Program (ARG)

Grants to Puerto Rico Businesses, IHEs,
and Nonprofits for Research Projects

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Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust

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Grants to Puerto Rico businesses, IHEs, and nonprofit institutions for scientific research projects. Funding is intended to support and expand the fields of technology and science in Puerto Rico. Project areas include environment, agriculture, electronics, medical devices, biotechnology, information technology, aerospace, natural sciences, renewable energy, conservation, and clinical trials.

The Trust is pleased to issue this Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Advanced Research Grants Program (ARG) as a solicited proposal mechanism to entice the science and technology community in Puerto Rico to submit proposals for funding consideration. As such, the goal through this RFP process is to provide proof-of-concept funding to advance locally developed science and technology projects to a point where these will be able to be further developed through alternate sources of funding (e.g. federal R&D funding, angel and private investments, etc.) and/or commercialized (through licensing, sales, acquisitions, vertical venture integration or a combination of these).

To be eligible for funding, Basic/Translational Research and Technology/Product Development for Commercialization projects must be presented in one of the following strategic fields:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology and Natural Sciences
  • Clean Technologies and/or Renewable Energy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Conservation Sciences
  • Electronics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Medical Devices
  • Other areas that the Trust, in its discretion, determine will result in the growth of research, development and commercialization of science and technology in Puerto Rico.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160520

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Under this solicitation, proposals may be submitted for funding up to $150,000, including direct and indirect costs. Awardees will receive $75,000 at the time of execution of the agreement. The final disbursement of $75,000 will be payable after grantee presents a mid-point progress report showing successful compliance with the project milestones as presented in the proposal.

Term of Contract:

Project duration must be a minimum of twelve months but not greater than twenty four months. Funding awards are expected to be issued during the period of November-December of 2020 for proposals submitted under this solicitation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are solicited from the following entities duly incorporated in Puerto Rico according the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico:
- Startups
- Established companies
- Private and State Academic Institutions
- Other Non-Profit Research Institutions

Natural persons are not eligible to submit proposals.

Although collaborations with entities outside of Puerto Rico and abroad are allowable, funding will be awarded to entities duly established in Puerto Rico for work done primarily and for the benefit of Puerto Rico.

For ineligible costs, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Info Sessions:
Learn about the funding opportunities provided by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust – Research Grants Program. Limited spaces available, please RSVP.

Universidad Central del Caribe: March 05, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. RSVP at

University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras: March 09, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. RSVP at

Ponce Health Science University: March 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. RSVP at

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus: March 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. RSVP at

University of Puerto Rico, Utuado Campus: March 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. RSVP at

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent (LOI) Phase opens on: March 18, 2020
- Letter of Intent (LOI) Phase closes on: May 22, 2020
- Invitation to submit Full Proposals: Mid July

The Advanced Research Grants RFP application process consists of two phases: Letter of Intent (LOI) and Full Proposal. The LOI phase is open to all eligible applicants while the Full proposal phase is by invitation only.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application Portal:

For questions about the ARG process, you might contact the Grants Advisory Team, only through Answers will be provided in 48-72 hours.

Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
PO Box 363475
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-3475

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Geographic Focus:

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

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