The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund supports a set of activities designed to spur technology development and commercialization across New York State. The Fund launched in December 2016 and is named for Jeff Lawrence, a champion of the New York manufacturing and entrepreneurial communities. The Innovation Fund comprises three program tracks:
- Manufacturing Grants;
- Commercialization Competition; and
- Innovation Challenge.
The Innovation Fund provides a $1M annual allocation of direct assistance to the manufacturing, research and development, technology and entrepreneurial ecosystems.