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Collaborative Funding Grant

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The Collaborative Funding Grant (CFG) supports a university-company partnership that will advance a company’s technology toward the marketplace. This grant provides funds for a postdoctoral fellow or senior technician 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.

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.

Out-of-state companies will be considered for CFG partnerships. New budget requirements apply. If interested, a preliminary consultation is mandatory.

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 employment for their trainees
  • University postdoctoral researchers and technicians 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?

Funding and Matching Requirements

The grant award is for a two-year project at $50,000 per year. The total project budget with match is $180,000 as shown below:

  NC Company Contribution Biotechnology Center and Kenan Contribution University In-Kind Contribution Total Funding
Two-year project $40,000
$100,000 $40,000 $180,000



Principal Investigators are eligible if:

  • They hold a full-time tenure track faculty position at a North Carolina academic institution or a full-time permanent appointment at a non-profit research institution.  See guidelines for details on PIs who hold a position in the partnering company.

Companies are eligible if:

  • The company is a North Carolina-based company engaged in life science research, development or manufacturing with:

♦  Demonstrated IP owned or licensed by the company; and additional requirements as indicated in the guidelines.***


  • The company is a national or multinational company with significant presence in North Carolina such as a research or manufacturing facility or regional headquarters. The collaboration must involve the North Carolina entity.

Application Materials

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Cycle 2 - CLOSED

***The following is for information only.***

CFG Guidelines & Application Instructions (rv Jan 2017) (PDF)

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