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Collaborative Funding Grant

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The Collaborative Funding Grant (CFG) promotes research collaborations between biotechnology companies and North Carolina universities or nonprofit research institutes. This grant provides funds for a postdoctoral researcher, senior research technician or full-time, non-tenure-track research personnel in a university lab to conduct research on a project of commercial interest.

University investigators and companies first form the partnership and then apply together through the university.

As of January 2017, out-of-state companies are eligible to participate in this program.

The CFG is jointly sponsored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at North Carolina State University.

Who does the CFG benefit?

• Companies gain access to valuable, cutting-edge research to advance their technology
• Principal Investigators establish relationships with companies that may lead to future support and collaboration
• University research personnel develop industry contacts and familiarity with commercial approaches to research

Here is what Chuck Foresman, senior technical brand manager at Syngenta, had to say about the CFG Program:

“Syngenta commissioned a study through the Collaborative Funding Grant Program to better understand the impact of Roundup Ready technology on North Carolina growers. Results of the study provided supplemental information affecting strategic decisions taken to better prepare farmers and industry for the demand of this once-in-a-hundred-year technology.”

How does the CFG work?

For eligibility requirements, refer to the guidelines at the link below.

The total two-year project budget with match is $180,000 as shown below.  Note that the maximum grant request for out-of-state company partnerships is $60,000. 


Company Contribution

NCBiotech and Kenan Contribution
(grant request)

University In-Kind Contribution

Total Funding

NC Company





Out-of-state Company

$80,000 ($40k/year)




Application Materials

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Cycle 1 deadline:  Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (noon)

CFG Guidelines & Application Instructions (PDF)

When you have your proposal materials prepared, submit your application online. (The application form will be opened in mid June.)