CLOSED: Seaport Economic Council Grand Challenge Solicitation

Procurement Number: 2018-JAII-02
Date Issued: February 28, 2018
Date Due: May 15, 2018
Status: Closed

The Innovation Institute, a non-divisible component of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (Mass Tech Collaborative), is offering grants to fund the Grand Challenge opportunity set forth herein.

This Grand Challenge represents an opportunity for Applicants to offer innovative solutions to improve marine and coastal community resources in Massachusetts. The Internet of Things (IoT) represents technology and business solutions that can be applied to the Marine Economy to help ensure that the economic development potential of our ocean and coastal resources contribute to the prosperity of the Commonwealth long into the future. Additionally, gained insights into the inner working of our planet’s oceans will likely prove key to solving many of today’s environmental issues. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and the Seaport Economic Council (SEC) has partnered with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to offer this solicitation, which is intended to fund capital projects that leverage the strength of IoT technologies to improve our marine and coastal communities.

This Grand Challenge is intended to encourage entrepreneurs and technology firms to work with nonprofits, research institutions, municipalities, or other public authorities on the deployment of new and novel IoT-based technology or business solutions to address important opportunities in the Marine Economy. Local municipalities, public authorities, or nonprofit research and other community based institutions qualify as lead applicants. Applications must include an entrepreneur or commercial partner that offers a new and novel technology solution or business approach with growth potential in a marine economy marketplace.

By drawing upon the collective genius of entrepreneurs and innovators across the Commonwealth the SEC hopes to increase the odds of finding and accelerating revolutionary and impactful solutions to marine economy or coastal community resource challenges.


Seaport Economic Council Grand Challenge

Solicitation No. 2018-JAII-02

Team Leader

Pat Larkin, Director

Solicitation Issued

February 28, 2018

Questions Due

March 21, 2018 @ 4 PM EST

Question and Answer File Posted

March 28, 2018 @ 5 PM EST

Question & Answer Call

April 4, 2018 @ 10 AM EST 

Applications Due

May 15, 2018 @ 3 PM EST (CLOSED)

Notification of Award

By June 30, 2018


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