Rules and Regulations for the Innovation Voucher Program


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Title 870 Commerce Corporation
Chapter 20 Loans and Grants
Subchapter 00 N/A
Part 4 Rules and Regulations for the Innovation Voucher Program
Type of Filing Adoption
Regulation Status Inactive
Effective 11/25/2015 to 02/06/2018

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Purpose and Reason:

The Rules implement the newly-enacted Innovation Voucher program, which provides vouchers of $5,000 to $50,000 to businesses for innovation projects that will address existing challenges, enhance the innovation capacity of the business, and/or have a catalytic impact on the business. Vouchers are available to pay for access to research or scientific expertise; technological development or technology exploration; product, service, or market development or commercialization; or the development of improved business practices that implement strategies to grow business and create operational efficiencies. To qualify for a voucher, the regulations provide that a business must have 500 or fewer employees in Rhode Island. The business must obtain the services sought from a Rhode Island institution of higher education or other entity located in Rhode Island; in rare circumstances, the Corporation may permit a non-Rhode Island entity to provide the services the business needs if no entity located in Rhode Island is available and able to perform them. In response to a comment, the text of Rule 3 has changed from the version published in the register to provide greater specificity to the board process described in that provision.