Q: The guidelines say that basic computing equipment is not normally funded through the ITIF. That makes it sound like the focus is on software, not hardware. We have a number of projects in mind whose primary expense is hardware.

A: Generally speaking, there is a reluctance to give money for basic hardware or basic software (like a PC running productivity software). However, where the hardware is more unique to the nature of the project, it could easily be considered for funding. Ultimately, the adjudication committee will evaluate each project individually, so if you are uncertain as to whether or not a request would be eligible, please err on side of chance and submit a proposal – we are much more interested in encouraging innovative ideas than turning people away. And yes, we have given money for such specialized hardware in the past.

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