The Federal Government announced a $17M dollar regional innovation budget for FY17. This is up $2M from FY16. State applications for grants are evaluated based on innovation and regional impact outlined in their proposals. Of interest over the years have been the number of states that have won repeated grants due to sustained progress they keep making. This creates a higher barrier for states new or unaware of the process as they have to compete against much more progressive states that have partnered with the Federal agencies for several years building out an innovation economy in their region.