High Impact Opportunity Projects

High Impact Opportunity Projects (HIOPs) are projects that support the growth of target industry sectors in Oregon by removing barriers to research and development, product development and testing, technology commercialization, and other aspects of industry innovation. Historically, Oregon InC has supported emerging, potentially high-value industry sectors by funding initiatives with potential to build or coalesce industry clusters around new or emerging technology in specific areas where Oregon holds unique, national advantages.

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 HIOP program:

active lifestyle

Active Lifestyle—digital health, apparel & outdoor gear, and wearable technology

advanced manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing—metals/advanced materials, chemicals/processes, and bioscience

natural resources

Natural Resources—ag tech, wood products, and food & beverage

In addition, Oregon InC has recognized high tech as horizontally crossing all of these industries.

high technology

High tech includes smart technology, clean technology, and data/analytics.

During the 2019-2021 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

See a summary of 2017-2019 funded projects PDF from past Requests for Proposal (RFP).

How and When to Apply

There is not a HIOP funding opportunity open at this time. Sign up for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship email list to receive news, updates, and funding announcements.