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Research Commercialization Matching Grant Program Underway; Additional Performance Data Needed, Report No. 11-20, November 2011
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  • The state’s Research Commercialization Matching Grant Program awarded $2.7 million to 13 companies in January 2011. While federal funds are restricted to research and development activities, state grants may be used to pay for commercialization and marketing activities. The companies used state grants to advance the schedule for commercializing their products, but have created few jobs due to the relatively recent implementation of the program.
  • The program currently requires grant recipients to report performance outcomes, such as the amount of funding received, number of inventions, patents and copyrights awarded, and number of jobs created. We concluded that these measures are appropriate for evaluating program outcomes, but recommend that additional measures be added to evaluate grant recipients’ long-term commercialization efforts.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Strategic Business Development
Department of Economic Opportunity

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-05 Biotechnology Clusters Developing Slowly; Startup Assistance May Encourage Growth,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 06-71 Florida Has Implemented Promising Biotechnology Initiatives, But Faces Challenges,published in November 2006.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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