Innovator Alert: Apply Now

Browse our curated selection of opportunities for innovators.

North Texas is a big place, with plenty of opportunities. 

So, we’re constantly on the lookout for contests and competitions, award ceremonies, and available grants our innovators can apply for. Keep in mind that application information may change at any time, so check the official websites for the latest details. (And be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.)

Information, provided by the organizations, is compiled by Dallas Innovates.

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Request for SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19

The Division of Innovation and Industrial Partnerships (IIP) of the Engineering Directorate invites US-based small businesses to submit Phase I proposals focused on the development and deployment of new technologies, products, processes, and services with the potential to positively impact the nation’s and world’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Areas of research that might be considered include, but are not limited to: artificial intelligence, digital health, diagnostics, distributed ledger, environmental technologies, medical devices, pharmaceutical technologies, disinfection and sterilization, and filtration and separations. Interested proposers are invited to submit to the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Program. Go here for more information.

United Way Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response and Recover Fund

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has launched an application and vetting process for the fund seeded at $1.2 million, which plans to prioritize the greatest needs and engage funders along with corporate and community partners to review and make funding recommendations. Proceeds will go to community-based organizations assisting those most impacted by the pandemic, with the goal of the fund being to fuel immediate and long-term relief for the region’s most vulnerable neighbors. Find more information here


Voice of Big Tex 

The State Fair of Texas is looking for the next person to serve as the new Voice of Big Tex. The job includes performing as the Voice of Big Tex and assisting with related operations during the annual State Fair of Texas event and as needed throughout the year. As the Voice of Big Tex plays a significant role in the State Fair of Texas and the surrounding events, they are looking for a voice that shows what it means to be a Texas. Traits like friendliness, generosity, loyalty, persistence, and commitment will key when embodying the 55-foot cowboy.

Applications are being accepted now


Rainforest XPRIZE’s $10M Competition

The competition “calls on innovators to create technology capable of identifying and cataloging rainforest biodiversity and developing insights that may lead to a new bioeconomy through standing forests,” reports Pulse 2.0. Over the course of four years, $10 million is expected to be awarded, with up to $500,000 in bonus prizes as well as milestone prizes for the final ten teams.


Create the Future 2020 Design Contest

Mouser Electronics announces their sponsorship of the 18th Create the Future Design Contest, a global challenge to engineers and innovators around the world to design the next great thing. Mouser is joined by suppliers Intel and Analog Devices as co-sponsors. A grand prize winner will be chosen from the seven entry categories: Aerospace and Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Product Design, Electronics/Sensors/IoT, Manufacturing/Automation/Robotics, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies/Future Energy. The grand prize is $20,000. 


Lone Star Prize Offers $10M Grant

Lyda Hill Philanthropies has launched the Lone Star Prize, a statewide competition with a $10 million grant on the line. It’s looking for a major idea that will improve health care, protect the environment, or boost the Texan workforce. Any nonprofit, for-profit enterprise, or team can apply, as long as they have an existing operating presence in Texas. 


Lone Star Film Festival

The Lone Star Film Festival is held each year in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, which serves as the cultural and social center of downtown. Fort Worth is the 13th largest city in the nation, and the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex consistently ranks among the top five media markets in the U.S. We encourage submissions in the form of narrative feature-length films (90-120 minutes recommended), documentary feature-length films (60-120 minutes recommended), and narrative and documentary short-length films (under 30 minutes recommended). International films are also welcome but must either be in English or have English subtitles. August 10 is the late deadline, with Earlybird Deadline: May 18, Regular Deadline: July 13. Applications are being accepted now. 


Podfund’s Podcast Creators

Podfund seeks to help emerging podcast creators through funding, mentorship, business planning, and more. Every month, Podfund adds to its list of “Podfunded” creators, with selected applicants receiving funding from $25,000 to $50,000. For podcast creators not yet ready to apply, don’t worry—Podfund accepts applications on a rolling basis.

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