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New Jersey Innovation and Research Fellowship Program (IRFP)

Grants to New Jersey Businesses and Researchers for
Scientific and Technological Research Fellowships

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD)

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11/18/19 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to New Jersey large and small businesses and Ph.D. candidates or graduates for fellowships to conduct innovative scientific and technological research projects. Funding is intended mainly for the salaries of the investigators who are involved in the research. Expenses related to equipment and/or conference attendance of an amount that is five percent of the total grant amount may be authorized at the discretion of the Commissioner.

The Innovation and Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) grant funds are provided to support technological research and the innovation ecosystem in New Jersey and to encourage Ph.D. candidates/graduates to continue their research in fellowship with New Jersey’s science and technology companies.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185899

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The salary funding levels for each Fellowship is up to $65,000 for the first year.

The salary for the second year of funding is up to $75,000. In the second year, the Department will pay up to two-thirds of the fellow’s salary, capped at $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Subject to availability of funding the grant period may cover a 24-month period. The grant award period begins June 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Research fellowship grants are provided to entities, comprising of large businesses, employing more than 25 people and small businesses, employing from two to 24 people. The fellowships will be authorized on availability of funding and according to the discretion of the department’s commissioner.

Applicant Employer Eligibility
(a) In order to be eligible for a grant under the IRFP, an applicant employer shall satisfy the following criteria as of the application submission date:
1. Its primary business is the provision of a scientific process, product, or service and the applicant employer owns, has filed for, or has a license to use, protected, proprietary intellectual property;
2. Its principal place of business is in New Jersey;
3. It is organized as a C Corp or LLC with a business plan; and
4. It is not a home-based operation or education institution.

Applicant Fellow Eligibility
(a) In order to be eligible for a grant under the IRFP, the applicant fellow shall satisfy the following criteria as of the application submission date:
1. He or she must be prepared to receive a Ph.D. degree within 12 months or have just received
a Ph.D. degree within the past 12 months;
2. He or she must be in good standing with the conferring university; and
3. He or she must be a United States citizen, be a legal permanent resident, or possess all of the following: a valid immigrant visa, a valid employment authorization document, and an I-485 application pending with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
(b) Preference will be given to graduates from a New Jersey education institution or to a New Jersey resident who graduates from an education institution outside of New Jersey

Under no circumstances shall IRFP grant monies be used by the grantee employer for capital purchases.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by July 1, 2019, 3:00 PM. Applicants will be notified of the final determination of their request within four weeks of the panel review.


First Round:
- Application Due: July 1, 2019, 3:00 PM
- Awards Made: August 2019

Second Round:
- Applications Due: November 18, 2019, 3:00 PM
- Awards Made: January 2020

The application for an IRFP grant shall be completed jointly by the applicant employer and the applicant fellow.

Proposals must be delivered by postal mail and received by 3 p.m. on the due dates listed as the submission date. Postmarks are not acceptable evidence of timely submission; receipt by the due date and time is required. Also include a Flash Drive with PDF versions of the complete grant proposal and signed documents.

For the second year of funding, the participating company will be responsible for matching the remaining one-third of the fellow's salary, up to $25,000. Employers shall indicate in the application they will provide a $25,000 match of cash funds to the Fellow’s salary in the second year of funding.

All applicant employers must be registered with the State of New Jersey Division of
Revenue. If not registered, you can do so at:

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be sent to:
Ms. Gerri Brosh, Program Manager
New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development
John Fitch Plaza, 7th Floor
PO Box 055
Trenton, NJ 08625

(609) 777-1516

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey

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