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Wet Lab Capital Program

Grants to Illinois Entities for Capital Expenses
to Develop Additional Laboratory Space

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Conf. Date:

11/18/20

Deadline Date:

01/27/21 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Illinois entities for capital expenses to develop shared laboratory space for life sciences research. Funding is intended to promote the life sciences industry in the State and making it more competitive with other states by expanding the currently limited lab space. This grant will encourage the development of wet lab space that will be multi-tenant shared space available to incubators, corporations, university researchers, and start-ups.

The chosen location(s) will be where new wet lab development is likely to act as a catalyst to the local economy due to its proximity to other life sciences companies, researchers, and/or educational institutions. The facility operators are encouraged to provide business support services to tenants and to partner with universities, community colleges, and Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIBs) that will allow tenants to recruit members of the local workforce, including recent graduates.

Eligible expenses for these funds include:

  • Architectural planning and engineering design;
  • Land and building acquisition; 
  • Costs related to site selection, preparation and improvement;
  • Utility work;
  • New construction of buildings and structures;
  • Reconstruction or improvement of existing buildings or structures; and
  • Original furnishings and durable equipment, including scientific instruments and apparatuses with a long useful life.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193324

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$9,000,000

Number of Grants:

1 to 4 grants

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All potential applicants are eligible.

Pursuant to the policy of the Illinois Office of the Comptroller, to receive grant funds from the State of Illinois, a grantee must be considered a regarded entity by the IRS for federal income tax purposes. Disregarded entities will not be eligible to receive grant funds.

Ineligible expenses include:
- Operational expenses;
- Lease payments for rental of equipment or facilities;
- Costs of staff or resident labor and material outside of project construction;
- Expenditures to acquire or construct temporary facilities;
- Purchase of automobiles, trucks, farm equipment, boats or rolling stock; and
- Livestock or laboratory animals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An optional techincal assistance webinar will be offered.

Wet Lab Capital Program Technical Assistance Webinar
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:00 AM
Central Standard Time

Register online: http://bit.ly/WetLabTA

Pre-Application Information:

The application and all required documentation shall be submitted electronically and must be received no later than 5:00 PM on January 27, 2021.

An entity must be pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, www.grants.illinois.gov/portal at the time of grant application.

Applicants must register their agency on the GATA Grantee Portal to verify compliance with pre-qualification requirements. The portal will verify that the entity:
- Has a valid FEIN number;
- Has a valid DUNS number;
- Has a current SAM.gov account;
- Is not on the Federal Excluded Parties List;
- Is in Good Standing with the Illinois Secretary of State, as applicable;
- Is not on the Illinois Stop Payment list; and
- Is not on the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Provider Sanctions list.

This grant opportunity requires that grantees match the state grant by at least a 1:1 match.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://form.jotform.com/202235173169048

Link to submit Wet Lab NOFO questions: https://form.jotform.com/202238596915059

Kristi Dula
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology
100 W. Randolph St., Suite 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601

Funding or Pin Number:

420-35-2363

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois

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