EDA Tech Hubs
The NC Office of Science, Technology & Innovation is working to strategize, coordinate, facilitate, and support NC-based consortia that plan to submit a Tech Hubs Phase 1 application.
The mission of the North Carolina Office of Science, Technology & Innovation is
to improve the economic well‐being and quality of life of all North Carolinians
through advancing science, technology, and innovation.
To achieve this mission, the Office develops and administers policies and programs that accelerate both the development of next-generation technology companies and the adoption of technology across existing industry.
As staff to the Board of Science, Technology & Innovation, and working with organizations across the state, it identifies and communicates emerging opportunities in science and technology and prepares and publishes analyses outlining the competitive position of North Carolina’s businesses and research institutions in these areas.
The NC Office of Science, Technology & Innovation conducts tactical programs (in the form of grant programs), strategic programs, and policy research & reports to advance economic growth in the state.
The U.S. Economic Development Adminstration's (EDA) Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hubs) program is an economic development initiative designed to drive regional technology- and innovation-centric growth by strengthening a region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize, and deploy critical technologies. For more details, see the EDA's Tech Hubs website.
The Tech Hubs program will invest directly in regions with the assets, resources, capacity, and potential to transform into globally competitive innovation centers in approximately 10 years while catalyzing the creation of good jobs for American workers at all skill levels, both equitably and inclusively.
EDA released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on May 12, 2023 for Phase 1 of the Tech Hubs Program. Applications are due by August 15, 2023. Organizations interested in submitting an application should familiarize themselves with the details of the NOFO.
If you are interested in the Tech Hubs opportunity and would like to be kept up to date on initiatives across the state, please complete the brief form linked here to be added to the Department of Commerce’s contact list and so that we can know more about your interest in the Tech Hubs opportunity.
The North Carolina Office of Science, Technology & Innovation offers the following grant programs to help fund innovative science and technology companies in the state:
- The SBIR/STTR Phase I Incentive Funds Program provides funding to help NC businesses apply for federal Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards.
- The SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Funds Program awards matching funds to NC businesses who have received a federal Phase I SBIR or STTR award. The SBIR and STTR programs help small businesses develop and commercialize innovative new technologies.
To see the latest program solicitations, apply to the program, submit a report, or find information about the program in general, see One North Carolina Small Business Program.
To learn about the impacts of the program, see Program Impacts & Success Stories and the latest press release on awarded grants: 65 North Carolina Companies Awarded Grants for Innovative Research and Development (September 7, 2023).
The Office of Science, Technology & Innovation produces research and reports that focus on both innovation and strategy, and is responsible for producing the state's primary innovation barometer, Tracking Innovation. Recent reports from the Office include:
|NC Innovation Index||Advancing Defense Innovation|
|See Press Release||See Press Release|
|University Innovation Council||Innovation-to-Jobs Working Group|
See more innovation reports.
|Southeast Energy Innovation Leadership||Clean Energy and Clean Transportation|
|Carolinas' Energy Economy Survey||NC In the Next Tech Tsunami|
|See Press Release||See Press Release|
See more strategy reports.
A comprehensive list of the Office's policy research reports and files can be found here.
Innovation Hubs are dedicated spaces that bring together researchers, innovators, businesses, and entrepreneurs to fuel the advancement of science and technology. These Hubs serve as epicenters of innovation, research, and product commercialization. They also serve as anchors supporting the growth of local and regional innovation economies, providing high-wage careers as well as supplying our country and the world with novel solutions to our greatest threats.
|Areas of focus and expertise include:||Additional Areas of focus and expertise:|
|Advanced Agriculture & Nutrition||Alternative & Renewable Energy|
|Advanced Manufacturing & Precision Metrology||Biomedical & Health Sciences|
|Computer Science, Information Technology & Data Analytics||Environmental Sciences|
|Marine Biotechnology||Motorsports & Automotive Engineering|
|Nanoscience & Nanoengineering||Pharmaceutical Research & Development|
North Carolina Innovation Hubs are spread across the state and range from traditional Science Parks to urban Innovation Districts with immersive mixed-use business, commercial, and residential development.
The map below provides links to the most prominent science-based innovation hubs in North Carolina.
For best viewing, open the map in full screen.
The North Carolina Office of Science, Technology & Innovation conducts strategic programs on specific, targeted programmatic activities to advance innovation:
InnovateNC is a private-public partnership between Forward Cities, a national learning collaborative of communities committed to inclusive innovation, and the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Office of Science, Technology & Innovation, that helps communities and regions in North Carolina expand their innovation economy and foster greater economic inclusion.
The Southeast Energy Innovation Collaborative is a partnership with the NC Office of Science, Technology & Innovation, E4 Carolinas and other energy organizations to advance innovation within the energy industry. Click here to see the initial report from the Collaborative.
The North Carolina Opportunities in the Data Economy (NCODE) is joint project between the NC Office of Science, Technology & Innovation and the National Consortium for Data Science to explore opportunities to advance innovation within the data science industry. Click here to see the report from this effort.
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The resources below represent key components of North Carolina's science, technology, and innovation-based ecosystem.
Government Departments & Offices
- NC Governor’s Office
- NC General Assembly
- NC (State of NC) Page
- NC Department of Commerce
- NC Office of Information Technology Services
- NC Secretary of State - Business Registration
- NC State Energy Office
- NC Broadband
- NC State Energy Profile
Business & Entrepreneurship Support
- NC Biotechnology Center
- NC Business Incubation Association
- Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)
- Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
Associations, Institutes, & Think Tanks
- NC Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR)
- NC Economic Development Association (NCEDA)
- NC Technology Association (NCTA)
- NC STEM Center
- NC Science Leadership Association
- Institute for Emerging Issues
- Kenan Institute of Engineering, Technology & Science
- National Consortium for Data Science (managed by RENCI)
- Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)
- Research Triangle Institute International (RTI International)
Educational Organizations & Centers
- University of North Carolina (all 16 UNC institutions)
- REACH NC (Research, Engagement and Capabilities Hub of NC)
- NC School of Science and Mathematics
- NC Independent Colleges and Universities
- NC Community College System
- NC BioNetwork
- NC Science House
- NC Clean Energy Technology Center
- FIRST North Carolina Robotics
- NC Mathematics and Science Education Network
- NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center)
- NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative
- Discovery Place
- Museum of Life and Science
- NC Museum of Natural Sciences
- Carolina North (Millennial Campus at UNC-Chapel Hill)
- Centennial Campus (Millennial Campus at NCSU)
- Charlotte Research Institute (Millennial Campus at UNC Charlotte)
- CREST Research Park (Millennial Campus at UNC Wilmington)
- Gateway University Research Park (Joint Millennial Campus of UNCG & NC A&T)
- Millennial Initiative at Western Carolina University (Millennial Campus at WCU)
- NC Research Campus
- Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
- Research Triangle Park