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But before you begin…

Important Dates

  • PTP NEXT Business Competition applications will open online at 5 p.m. on August 15, 2011 and close at 5 p.m. on September 9, 2011.
  • The application period closes at 5:00 p.m. on September 9, 2011.
  • Applications received before August 26, 2011 may be eligible for an early decision. If you are selected to move to the next phase at that time, you will be notified in early September.  If not, your application will be included in the full pool of applications received by September 9, 2011. More details are available on the Application and Review Process page.

Take a few minutes to review this important information to simplify your application:

1.    When you leave this page, you will leave the PTP NEXT website and will arrive at the NC IDEA Fall 2011 Pre-Proposal Grant Application.

Don’t panic! You are in the right place. Both programs are using this platform. On the first page, you will be asked to indicate that you are applying to the PTP NEXT Business Competition.

2.    Before you begin your application, please read the PTP NEXT Fall 2011 Pre-Proposal Instructions.

3.    You can work on, save, edit and resume your application online until you are ready to officially submit it.  Once submitted, no additional changes can be made.

4.    You will be asked to certify that you have reviewed and to the best of your knowledge meet the PTP NEXT Business Competition Eligibility Criteria.

5.    Questions as you proceed:

  • If you have technical difficulties or questions in completing the application, please contact
  • If you have questions about eligibility for the PTP NEXT Business Competition or about PTP NEXT review or other processes that are not covered on this website, contact

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