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Technology Enhancement Grant (TEG)

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Program Description

The Technology Enhancement Grant (TEG) Program provides non-repayable grant funding to North Carolina universities or other NC research institutions through their respective technology transfer offices. Under this program, awards of up to $50,000 are available to fund a commercially-focused research study to enhance the university’s licensing position for a commercially promising technology. The proposed project will ideally incorporate study endpoints designed to directly addresses license-enabling milestones required by potential licensees.


Proposals to the TEG program must:

  • Be submitted by a technology transfer officer or other representative with licensing authority on behalf of a North Carolina university or not-for-profit research institution.
  • Pertain to a proprietary technology which utilizes living cells and/or biological molecules.
  • Demonstrate that protection of the licensable intellectual property (IP) has been initiated.
  • Attest that the IP rights area assigned to the applicant’s institution and have not been committed through license, option or letter-of-intent to license to any third-party at the time of application.

The Biotechnology Center determines compliance with these requirements in its sole discretion on a case-by-case basis.

Permitted Use of Funds

The TEG funds are intended to support activities directly associated with a research project that is designed to achieve a significant technical milestone in the evolution of a technology from basic science to licensable commercial product or service. Examples of such projects include establishment of proof-of-concept, validation, lead identification and optimization using a proprietary platform technology, preliminary safety testing, etc.  Funding may support research to be performed at the university/institution or may be used to engage a non-academic contract research provider as needed. Please note that these funds may not be used to fund a basic science research study that is not directly tied to any commercial application or licensing milestone. TEG funds may not be applied to expenses incurred prior to the date of award notification. The use of TEG funds for activities other than those approved by the Biotechnology Center is strictly prohibited unless prior written permission is obtained.

Application Procedures

Technology transfer personnel or other university/institution representatives with licensing authority that are interested in applying for a TEG should contact the Biotechnology Center’s TEG program manager (listed in the Contact section below) to discuss the proposed project and the application procedures.

Pre-Proposal: Once eligibility and general fit for the program have been established, the applicant will be invited to submit a brief (2-page) pre-proposal describing the technology, its likely commercial application(s), IP and licensing status, licensing discussions to date, an overview of the proposed study, and how the study will directly impact the applicant’s ability to license the technology.

Full Proposal: Upon satisfactory review of the pre-proposal, the applicant will be invited to submit a full online application. This application will expand upon each component described in the pre-proposal as well as provide a cover sheet, summary and detailed budget, certification letter and other supporting documentation as needed. The final proposal should be 10-15 pages in length.

Review and Approval: The Business and Technology Development team will thoroughly review the submitted proposal and will present competitive proposals to the Biotechnology Center’s President/CEO for final review and approval.

Application Deadlines: TEG submissions are accepted and approved on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Post Award Considerations

Fund distribution: TEG funds are distributed as reimbursements on an invoicing basis, requiring the submission of receipts to the Biotechnology Center’s Contracts & Grants Office.

Repayment: TEG awards are non-repayable grants made to the university or institutional awardee.

Progress reports:  Mid-term and final project reports are required which include a detailed update of progress against proposed milestones and time lines, as well as actual spending to date versus budget. The Biotechnology Center will actively monitor progress until the project is completed. 

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East Carolina University



North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University
UNC - Chapel Hill
UNC - Chapel Hill
UNC - Charlotte 

Duke University
NC Central University 



UNC - Chapel Hill


Contact Dr. Rob Lindberg at (919) 549-8826 or with questions regarding this program or to schedule a preliminary meeting.


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