122.38 Small business innovation research grant program.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Small business enterprise" means any person with a principal place of business or research in the state, who meets the definition of a "small business concern" as defined in 13 C.F.R. 121.7(a) , as amended.

(2) "Eligible educational institution" means any educational institution that disseminates information, conducts educational or technical seminars and meetings, or provides other services of value or interest to small business enterprises.

(3) "Eligible organization" means any organization, representing the interest of small business enterprises or areas of technological research, that disseminates information, conducts educational or technical seminars and meetings, or provides other services of value or interest to small business enterprises.

(B) There is hereby created in the department of development the small business innovation research grant program for the purpose of providing educational, technical, and financial assistance to:

(1) Any small business enterprise engaging in or intending to engage in technological research that the director of development determines to be innovative and in the broad and long-term interest of the economy of the state;

(2) Any eligible educational institution;

(3) Any eligible organization.

(C) The director may provide educational, technical, and financial assistance to small business enterprises, eligible educational institutions, and eligible organizations. Any assistance shall be in the form and conditioned upon terms the director considers appropriate.

(D) The director shall:

(1) Establish the procedures by which small business enterprises, eligible educational institutions, and eligible organizations may apply for assistance under this section;

(2) Collect, prepare, and disseminate information, describing the types of assistance offered under the program and describing relevant federal programs and services to small business enterprises, eligible educational institutions, and eligible organizations as the director considers appropriate;

(3) Adopt rules for the administration of this section, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 04-10-1990