Each RCIC is an independent, private entity and has defined their own process for reviewing applications and making selections for submission to the
as per the terms of the RCIC's contract with
Beginning in October, 2013,
the Gulf Coast RCIC revised the RCIC's
application process to eliminate a formal
application deadline, and will accept
applications submitted by applicants for
Commercialization Awards at any time.
The RCIC's Review Committee
and Board will have quarterly meetings scheduled
to review RCIC plans and progress, and, when
possible, are ideal venues for applications to
be considered. However, even though
quarterly meetings have been scheduled by the
RCIC, applications will be accepted at any time.
Gulf Coast RCIC, the
Commercialization Award Application Process consists of
During this first stage, applicants will:
come to this website to get information on the TETF,
Awards, and the
Gulf Coast RCIC.
download the Application
documents to help identify what information will be required (see
submit an Applicant Registration (see
column on left).
not required, all applicants are
strongly recommended to participate in
the RCIC's program for helping
applicants prepare high quality
applications. This program is held
once per quarter:
which provides an overview of the
program, eligibility criteria and
attend an Application
Planning Meeting with Gulf
Coast RCIC staff, which will be
scheduled by the Gulf Coast RCIC after
Applicant Registration. All
Applicants are strongly recommended to
attend an Application
Planning Meeting before submitting their
which provides detailed instructions on
completing the TETF Application Form.
second stage, applicants will:
download the Gulf
Coast RCIC Applicant Agreement,
and review the terms and conditions.
sign and FAX or
Applicant Agreement to the Gulf
The Gulf Coast RCIC will not accept applications
for processing until the Applicant
Agreement has been received.
complete and submit the
Applicant Registration form.
gather the required information and fill out the Application
the non-refundable Application Fee ($250 for new
applications) through the Houston
Technology Center website.
begin the background and credit
checks required by law for TETF
applicants (refer to instructions on the
application documents download page).
It is strongly recommended these
background checks be started no later
than submission of the application to
the RCIC - because these checks may take
60 days (or longer), failure to have
these checks completed before the
application is presented to the Advisory
Committee could result in a significant
delay or possible disqualification in
being considered for an award.
go to the
page on this web site, follow
the instructions to provide the
information and documents needed by the
Gulf Coast RCIC for processing of the
calendar page on
this website has the dates for upcoming
scheduled meetings of the RCIC's Review
Committee and Board.
Coast RCIC Review & Selection Stage
third stage, the Gulf
processes submitted applications, and hold a series of reviews before submitting their selections to the TETF
Upon request by the
Gulf Coast RCIC,
Applicants will be
invited to make presentations on their company and technology
to the RCIC's Review Committee and Board.
Applications are processed in
four steps by the RCIC:
Advisory Committee Review & Selection Stage
Once applications are submitted from the
Gulf Coast RCIC to the
State, control of the process passes to the
TETF Advisory Committee, the Governor's office, and the state's Leadership.
Selected applicants will be informed by
either the Governor's office or the RCIC on
the process and timing for the review of
their application by the State.
For applicants submitted
by the full Committee for consideration by
Leadership, the Governor's office will
contact the company and request full due
diligence documentation - which must be
reviewed and approved by the diligence team
- before the company's application will be
submitted to the State Leadership for final
Once submitted to
Leadership (the Governor, Lt. Governor and
Speaker of the House), the Leadership has 90
days to reach a unanimous decision to
approve the application for funding.
If the Leadership does not unanimously
approve the award within 90 days, the
application will be denied.
Upon approval by
Leadership, the Governor's office will work
with the applicant to execute contracts with
the State and issue the first payment
The RCIC will contact the
company and make arrangements with the
Governor's office for when the award will be
announced. Until the award is publicly
announced, applicants are not allowed to
publicly disclose they have received a
Commercialization Award from the TETF
Gulf Coast RCIC
and their partners are committed to
providing assistance to companies
receiving TETF Commercialization
Awards in the
23-county Gulf Coast region.
RCIC and TETF Conflict of
The Gulf Coast RCIC's
application review process provides an
opportunity for applicants and volunteer
reviewers to identify potential
conflicts-of-interest, before volunteer
reviewers begin their review of any
applications in that funding round.
The RCIC relies on input from applicants and
volunteer reviewers to address potential
conflicts-of-interest, and will take
appropriate steps, based on the nature of
the identified potential conflicts.
If an applicant is not
satisfied with the RCIC's handling of a
potential conflict of interest, the applicant
may submit a new application to any other RCIC,
when that RCIC is accepting applications (which
will likely be a later funding round).
If an applicant and the RCIC
are unable to remedy a perceived conflict of
interest at the RCIC level, the applicant and
the RCIC may notify the TETF program in the
Office of the Governor and request the TETF
Advisory Committee to review the issue.
conflicts-of-interest at the TETF Advisory
Committee level will be dealt with in accordance
TETF Advisory Committee Ethics Policy.
If you have any questions
about the Gulf Coast RCIC Application Process, click
here to send an e-mail to the
Gulf Coast RCIC for