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Bio Defense

NCBiotech’s Bio Defense program probes the connections between North Carolina’s $38 billion defense industry and the life sciences.

You may immediately think of bioterrorism, but North Carolina’s small companies, researchers and military representatives are thinking more broadly: providing vaccines for soldiers; protecting the food supply; and deploying novel technologies that will protect our soldiers and heal those who sustain wounds in battle.

Military and homeland Bio Defense development is a critical need for our nation and is also an area that has application to commercial areas of biosciences. North Carolina has numerous assets and areas of overlap that could provide support for several aspects of this critical need.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center and our partners are working to develop a strategy that is aimed at increasing defense funding in N.C. by aligning the state's well-recognized strengths in the life science sector with the Department of Defense (DoD) and national security strategic priorities. This initiative is an opportunity for the broader N.C. life science community to bring their innovative technological expertise to bear on critical challenges faced by the military and national security agencies on behalf of our state and country.

What is the North Carolina Biotechnology Center doing in support of Bio Defense?
We are:

  • Providing support for university-based researchers and small businesses that have a technology that addresses a need in the Bio Defense arena and educate and support their efforts in seeking DoD or homeland security relationships and funding

  • Promoting and representing North Carolina at targeted military and federal Bio Defense conferences throughout the United States and promote our state's life science capabilities

  • Hosting or sponsoring conferences where military, government, academic and industry experts can network and collaborate

  • Connecting military, industry and academia partners to promote North Carolina’s Bio Defense capabilities at the state and federal level

For additional information, please see our Bio Defense Initiative one-pager

FY18-FY22 USAMRMC Broad Agency Announcement

The United States Army Medical and Materiel Command's (USAMRMC) mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. The scope of the effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. Extramural research and development programs play a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the USAMRMC. General information on the USAMRMC can be obtained at: The USAMRMC Fiscal Year 18 - Fiscal Year 22 (FY18-FY22) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is intended to solicit extramural research and development ideas.

The FY 17-FY22 USAMRMC BAA is continuously open for a 5-year period, from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Submission of a pre-proposal/pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP). Pre-proposals/pre-applications may be submitted at any time throughout the 5-year period. If the USAMRMC is interested in receiving a full proposal/application, the Principal Investigator will be sent an invitation to submit via eBRAP. A full proposal/application must be submitted through Invited full proposals/applications can be submitted under this FY18-FY22 BAA through September 30, 2022. The FY18-FY22 USAMRMC BAA is available for download on Search opportunity number: W81XWH18SBAA1

Now Open: 2018 BARDA Broad Agency Announcement

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Broad Agency Announcement for Advanced Research and Development of Medical Countermeasures for Pandemic Influenza, Infectious Diseases, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Threats

BARDA develops and procures needed medical countermeasures, including vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and non-pharmaceutical countermeasures, against a broad array of public health threats, whether natural or intentional in origin.

BARDA will be soliciting proposals in the near future for the advanced research and development of medical countermeasures (MCM) such as vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and devices. A pre-solicitation synopsis for the forthcoming BARDA Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) was posted on October 16, 2017 and can be found at the links below:

  • BAA-18-100-SOL-00003 aims for advanced research and development of MCMs for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear agents, pandemic influenza and emerging infectious diseases.

Business North Carolina magazine, with the help from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, held a roundtable of distinguished experts discussing opportunities for growing the bio defense sector in N.C.