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Seed Grant

A Component of the Business Innovation Program

MTI Seed Grants of up to $25,000 are offered three times a year to support early-stage research and development activities for new products and services that lead to the market. Funded activities may include activities such as proof of concept work, prototype development, field trials, prototype testing, pilot studies, or technology transfer activities.  Funded projects must fall under one of Maine's seven targeted technology sectors.

MTI offers Seed Grants as direct investments in companies that are pioneering Maine’s future through their technology innovations. Funded recipients are companies undertaking research and development that will enable them to grow and remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Seed Grant Application Process

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Step 1: Download the Seed Grant Application Instructions (PDF) or (Word - with fill-in forms)
Step 2: Register online for a unique Application ID number (Registration)
Step 3
: Download all Seed Grant Application Forms 

Application Forms:
       Form A Copy of your Registration Form
       Form B Project Budget (Excel
       Form C Credit Authorization (Word)
       Form D Intellectual Property List (Word)
       Checklist (Word)

Step 4: Submit a complete application to MTI before the deadline date

Applications may be submitted electronically, mailed or hand-delivered to our Brunswick office. All applications must be received before 5pm on the deadline date.

To submit your application online, log into your account here. On the right hand side, you will see "Submit Application Online" - once selected you will be redirected to a new page. Select "New Proposal", fill out the Proposal ID, Email, Name, Organization and select "Start Proposal". Add a single PDF document of the proposal and hit submit.

Applications may also be emailed to *MTI's file size limit is 10mb.  If your file approaches this limit, you may consider submitting it through the MTI website upload tool instead.

Step 5: Receive notification of grant decision rendered by MTI Board of Directors

The next deadline for Seed Grant applications is December 15, 2015, by 5:00 PM (EST).  Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.  Notification of Awards is expected by February 15, 2016.

Reviewer Forms

Technology Board Review Committee (TBRC) Score Sheet (Excel)
Technology Board Review Committee Guidance (PDF)

Grant Recipient Forms

Final Report Requirements (Word) - Expenses (Excel)
Seed Grant Agreement (PDF)


TechStart and Seed Grant Presentation (PowerPoint) - Updated 11/18/2015

TechStart and Seed Grant Recorded Webinar - Updated 11/18/2015

See the MTI calendar of events for upcoming workshops and webinars.

For more information, contact Lou Simms at 207-588-1015 or email at

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