Collaborative Funding Grant
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.
ANNOUNCEMENT January 2017: Beginning in FY2017 Cycle 2, 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|
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.
See "announcement" above.
Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Cycle 2: Deadline February 8, 2017 (noon)
CFG Guidelines & Application Instructions (rv Jan 2017) (PDF)
- CFG Application Checklist (Word document)
- CFG Budget Form (Excel spreadsheet)
** If you cannot view the tabs for multiple years at the bottom of the budget form on your screen, simultaneously depress the Control and F10 keys to maximize the view.
- Coversheet (Word document)
- Statement of Compliance with University/Non-Profit Policies (Word document)
- University Biographical Sketch (Word document)
- Company Background Form (Word document)
- Company CV Form - for company personnel only (Word document)
When you have your proposal materials prepared, submit your application online. (The application form will be opened in early January.)