Annual Competition Highlights and Promotes Efforts Improving the Nations
Drawing national attention to efforts that improve the nation's competitiveness and foster
innovation, the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) announced its third annual call
inviting applications for the 2009 Excellence in TBED Awards. The competition distinguishes
initiatives that greatly impact state and regional economies and recognize longstanding
achievements in technology-based economic development (TBED).
Applications are encouraged from organizations demonstrating outstanding results in efforts to
expand a research base that generates new knowledge, commercialize university and industry
research, build an entrepreneurial culture, increase access to risk capital, enhance the 21st
century workforce, and improve competitiveness of existing industries.
"Initiatives that support technology companies are the lifeline to maintaining the nation's
competitive edge," said Dan Berglund, SSTI president and CEO. "Recognizing the value of
programs that spark innovation and create high-quality jobs is particularly important in the
current economic environment."
Applicants are invited to submit a five-page narrative documenting best practice implications and
focusing on impact through measurable outcomes in any of the six categories. The applicants'
described initiative should serve as a model for peer practitioners that can be replicated,
demonstrate effective partnerships and leadership, and stand out among others in its field.
SSTI encourages applications from TBED programs or practitioners, including but not limited to,
nonprofit organizations, local and state governments, colleges and universities, federal agencies
and labs, industry associations, economic development councils, and other organizations that
promote innovation and technology-based economic development.
Previous award winners include the Maryland Technology Development Corporation's Maryland
Technology Transfer Fund, SCLaunch, In