High Impact Opportunity Projects

High Impact Opportunity Projects (HIOPs) are discrete projects that will support the growth of industry sectors by removing barriers, supporting product development/testing, or expediting technology commercialization of other aspects of industry innovation. Historically, Oregon InC has supported emerging, potentially high-value industry sectors by funding organizatons that then focus on growing specific sectors of Oregon's economy.

During the 2017-2019 biennim, Oregon InC is funding HIOPs that support various aspects of industry innovation. Project funds are flexible in how they can be used to best support a particular sector's needs, but some example uses are:

  • shared specialty testing or production facilities or equipment
  • research and development
  • technology commercialization activities

HIOPs are anticipated to last from 6 to 18 months, and all projects are expected to support the growth of an industry, not an individual business. Oregon InC has identified three industry sectors as priorities for the HIOPs program:

  • Active Lifestyle—digital health, apparel & outdoor gear and wearable technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing—metals/advanced materials, chemicals/processes and bioscience
  • Natural Resources—ag tech, wood products, and food & beverage
  • Types of Projects

    Two types of projects are eligible to be considered:

    • Feasibility Studies—These are projects that still require design and/or further research before they are ready for implementation. The studies are expected to explore a project idea that would fit with the implementation phase of the HIOP program.
    • Implementation Projects—These are projects that are ready to be implemented. Some level of design and scoping has already occurred, and the need for the project can be clearly demonstrated. Measurable benefits to an industry sector from the project can be demonstrated.

    How and When to Apply

    Applications are only accepted when a Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued. An RFP will outline submission requirements, deadline, and process, as well as eligibility requirements and selection process. All RFPs are announced on our Contracting Opportunities page.