Join the i6 Challenge: Informational Conference Call for Applicants

Notice Number: NOT-OD-10-098

Key Dates
Release Date: May 13, 2010

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (
Economic Development Administration (EDA), (
National Science Foundation (NSF), (

On Monday, May 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time/11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold an informational conference call to discuss the i6 Challenge Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and answer questions from potential applicants.

 What is the i6 Challenge?

The i6 Challenge is a new $12 million innovation competition, led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s EDA, in partnership with the NIH and NSF.  EDA will award up to $1 million to six winning teams with the most innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in their regions.  NIH and NSF will award a total of up to $6 million in additional funding to their Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grantees associated with winning teams. (Note: The for-profit small business cannot be the applicant for the i6 Challenge, but may be part of a team that forms a non-profit, which is the applicant, or may partner with an applicant.)

Entrepreneurs, investors, universities, foundations, and non-profits are encouraged to participate in the i6 Challenge.  The deadline for applications is July 15, 2010.  More information, including the FFO (EDA05032010I6), can be found at:

The FFO can be downloaded from using the following information:

CFDA Number: 11.307: Economic Adjustment Assistance
Opportunity Number: EDA05032010I6: i6 Challenge
Competition ID: I6
Competition Title: i6 Challenge
Agency: Economic Development Administration


i6 Challenge  

Economic Development Administration  


What information can I find out on the call?

The i6 Challenge Team will provide an overview of the i6 Challenge and answer questions.  On the day of the call, we will post the presentation on the i6 Challenge site:

How can I register?

To register for this conference call, please submit your name, title, organization, phone number, and any questions to Please put "Registration" in the subject line.


We encourage you to submit your questions to in advance.

If you have questions regarding the i6 Challenge, please contact:

Rob Sienkiewicz
Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
U.S. Department of Commerce

Jo Anne Goodnight
NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health

Cheryl F Albus
Program Director, Small Business Programs
National Science Foundation
Directorate for Engineering
Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships  

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