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Rapid Prototyping Innovation and Development Network (RAPID)

The NCIIA and a network of partners have collaborated to establish RAPID, an online resource based at the University of Pittsburgh, and designed to facilitate the process of product realization for E-Teams. RAPIDŐs mission is to provide resources for design, prototyping, and associated activities for enhancing education in product realization and commercialization. RAPID network users can research an online database of rapid prototyping providers by specifying their material needs; alternatively, they can post a product idea to all the service providers to gain additional guidance.

N2TEC: The National Network for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization

N2TEC is a National Science Foundation Partners-for-Innovation Project with the purpose of creating and implementing a national Technology Transfer and Commercialization Network to coordinate and provide a variety of resources and knowledge so that members, particularly underserved schools and communities, can collaborate and innovate. The NCIIA also supports this exciting initiative. Log on to and find out how NCIIA members can benefit from the resources of this growing network.

National Instruments (NI) Equipment Grants

The NCIIA has developed a new equipment grants program in cooperation with National Instruments (NI) Corporation. National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,500 employees and direct sales offices in more than thirty countries. NI is increasing the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. Under the terms of the agreement, applicants for NCIIA Advanced E-Team grants in either of the annual grant cycles may request National Equipment products using an application form appended to the NCIIA grant application. If an Advanced E-Team grant application is successful, NCIIA forwards the appended equipment application to NI. National Instruments reviews each application and makes all equipment funding decisions. Equipment awarded through this grant program becomes the property of the E-TeamŐs sponsoring institution.

Visit to learn more and download an application form.

EDS Software Grants

EDS is offering product lifecycle management software bundle
grants to selected NCIIA Course and Program grant recipients
through a special solicited grant program. If you are the
principal investigator of an NCIIA Course and Program grant
and feel that EDS products could support your work, write to to inquire further about this program.