Engineers-in-Residence Program Application
Thank you for your interest in the Engineers-in-Residence program brought to you by the Form to Factory partners: the City of Somerville, Greentown Labs, and the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium with support from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
This program means to solve diverse business, engineering and manufacturing challenges in an effort to turn the vision for a business into reality.
We can help you organize your business structure/strategy, help design product, reduce production costs, and define process improvements.
We provide the funds, expertise, and equipment to make your product a reality through one-on-one consulting and engineering technical assistance.
The Form to Factory team will have the final decision on which projects it undertakes for funding and support.
Applicants must be located in Middlesex or Essex Counties or the City of Boston.
If incorporated the company must have 100 or fewer employees (small companies).
Company must be commercializing a physical product. There are no restrictions on industry whether medical device, clean-tech, consumer products, etc.
Applying companies will be evaluated on a number of factors, including potential value to the overall success of the program. If an organization is not selected initially, the City of Somerville will keep the application on file and will review it based on funding appropriations.
If a grant is awarded, applicants will be invited for a one-one-one consultation to further explore needs and scope.
After the consultation, if applicable, the company will be referred to an appropriate engineering firm to further develop a scope of work for the project. The scope will be reviewed by Form to Factory partners for final approval before moving forward.
Following scope approval the City of Somerville will subsidize the cost of the project in the following manner:
a. The City of Somerville will pay 100% of the first $2,500 of a project. This includes an initial project planning meeting with an EIR.
b. The City of Somerville will pay 50% of the following $15,000 of project cost up to $7,500. This is above the initial $2,500.
c. Any costs beyond the $17,500 mentioned in a and b will be borne by the startup. The City of Somerville will not put more than $10,000 into any one project.
To be considered for this grant, all applicants must complete this application. All company-specific data will be held confidential. Please fill out information to best of your ability.
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