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Centers of Innovation Award

The Centers of Innovation Program is bringing together North Carolina’s best scientific and technical minds in the life sciences. This program is designed to focus the state’s efforts in biotechnology research, development and commercialization in targeted industrial sectors important to economic development and job creation.

NCBiotech works with university researchers, technology transfer offices, industrial partners, nonprofit stake holders as well as regional and statewide community leaders to establish Centers of Innovation (COI) around nascent industry sectors. Initial Centers of Innovation will complement efforts already under way in the state to align academic and industrial resources.

Applying for a Center Of Innovation Award

Only invited applicants may apply. Potential applicants will need to demonstrate that they have established a cohesive academic-industry consortium in order to receive an invitation to submit an application. Early engagement of the NCBiotech staff is strongly encouraged.

Phase I

The Phase I award is a 12-month $100,000 planning grant that will allow the development of a business plan and organization plan. Phase I funding is a pre-requisite for Phase II funding, although the award of a Phase I Center of Innovation request does not guarantee that a Center of Innovation will be established.

Phase II

The Phase II award is funding for the implementation of the business plan. Phase II awardees will receive up to $2.5 million awarded over four years, contingent upon completion of targeted milestones. A formal request for Phase II funding will be required.

For More Information


Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D.
Vice President, Centers of Innovation Program
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
15 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
(919) 549-8844