Section III.A. of the FOA has the following language:
Eligibility for this FOA is restricted to small businesses and institutions of higher education to include U.S. colleges, universities, institutions of higher learning, and university-affiliated research institutions. In order to be considered, small businesses must meet the following criteria:
· Organized for-profits, with a place of business located in the United States;
· At least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent-resident aliens in, the United States, or
· At least 51% owned and controlled by another for-profit business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent-resident aliens in, the United States; and;
· No more than 500 employees, including affiliates.
The Prime Recipient effort must be at least 60% of the total estimated cost of the project.
While the consortium itself has no employees, the consortium members would be considered "affiliates". As the members of this consortium together would have more than 500 employees, the consortium is therefore not eligible to apply.