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What is Oklahoma Applied Research Support?

OCAST’s Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) program is a funding program that invests in research and development supporting innovative technologies with commercial potential. This funding is designed to increase investment in the R&D of new technologies that will ultimately bring value to the state of Oklahoma and help grow and diversify the state’s economy.

Why Oklahoma Applied Research Support?

  • Proof-of-Concept funding supports early stage applied R&D with awards of up to $90,000 for one or two years
  •  Accelerated OARS funding supports later stage applied R&D with awards of up to $500,000 for up to three years
  • Provides third party validation of innovation
  • Funds unproven, high-risk concepts and innovation

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Oklahoma public or private colleges or universities
  • Non-profit research institutions
  • Private enterprises with the principal place of business in Oklahoma

How to apply?

  • Next application submission period opens on August 29, 2022 and closes September 26, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.
  • When available during the application submission period, view the OCAST funding opportunity announcement including submission dates and application instructions
  • Through OCAST’s online application portal OGX
  • Additional information about online application process  
  • Effective 1/1/2022, start dates for program awards cannot be delayed more than 60 days and requests for delayed start dates will only be considered if there is a compelling reason such as an unavoidable delay in securing IRB approval, the principal investigator/project manager is unavoidably detained on another project, unavoidable material shortages, etc.  Additionally no-cost extensions to award contracts, including no cost extensions, cannot be permitted for more than 90 days.

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Last Modified on May 31, 2022
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