Separate from the Garden State Create Zone, a bonus tax credit ($1,000 per job/per year) is now available for businesses in a targeted industry whose facility is located at or within three miles of a New Jersey college or university other than the eight doctoral universities, and the facility is used to conduct a qualified collaborative research relationship with that university. The full list of 40 institutions that meet this definition can be found at www.njeda.com/GrowNJ.
“These enhancements to the Grow New Jersey Program will establish a wider pathway to discovery by facilitating research relationships between the brightest minds in industry and academia,” said EDA President and Chief Operating Officer Timothy Lizura. “By cultivating an environment where this joint research can operate and thrive, we will ensure that New Jersey stays at the forefront of innovation.”
In consultation with the Secretary of Higher Education, and informed by the 2010 Building Bridges report issued by the New Jersey Policy Research Organization (NJPRO), the EDA will evaluate prospective collaborative research relationships based on the ability to meet one of the four following categories: direct university collaboration or joint initiative or participation wherein the college or university partners with the business, and may include other business in a similar field of science, to advance an area of science; sponsored research wherein the eligible business directly funds a college or university and pays for research to solve a specific problem; grants or fellowships wherein funding is provided directly by a business to a professor or graduate student to advance a specific area of science; and, corporate sponsored awards for entrepreneurship wherein a business sponsors an award to be given to a student-developed technology start-up or innovation.
As Grow New Jersey is a program designed to encourage prospective economic development activity which would not have occurred if not for the incentive, these increased collaborative research tax credits will only be available for qualified prospective agreements and will not recognize existing agreements that have been executed prior to application. However, once a project application is approved by EDA, the prospective agreement must be executed and research demonstrating advancement before the business can ultimately claim the increased tax credits.
For more information, please visit www.njeda.com/GrowNJ. To learn about other EDA resources designed to grow New Jersey’s innovation economy, visit www.njeda.com/tls and follow @NJEDATech on Twitter and LinkedIn.