Type: Grant | Category:
Research and Tech

Flash Grants

NCBiotech’s Flash Grant program aims to identify and energize the most creative ideas that exhibit early indications of commercial potential. Like a flash of inspiration, Flash Grants infuse funding at a critical early point when a small, targeted influx of funds can be crucial to shaping innovative research ideas into high potential life sciences technologies, particularly in emerging and converging life sciences sectors. 

Flash Grants are used to demonstrate the disruptive potential of a technology or to move a technology into the translational research phase of development.

For fiscal year 2021, there will be three submission cycles for the Flash Grant program. Cycle-specific guidelines will be posted prior to each deadline.

Cycle 1:  Deadline Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (noon)  

  • Novel antibiotics and therapeutics targeting antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • Global Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak - COVID-19-specific therapies, vaccine development, diagnosis, and epidemiology

Cycle 2:  Deadline Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (noon) 

  • Microbiome/microbiota in health and disease states
  • SARS-CoV-2 Gastrointestinal effects
  • SARS-CoV-2 detection via wastewater

Cycle 3:  Deadline Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (noon)

Proposals for Cycle 3 may be submitted by:

  • North Carolina universities/colleges with 2020 annual NIH research budgets less than $9MM (see the Flash FAQs for NIH award data) in support of innovation in any life sciences sector, except Class I medical devices or consumer products. 
  • Any North Carolina university in support of life sciences research that seeks to understand and address health factors that underpin disparities in disease outcomes in patients.

Applicant organizations must be North Carolina universities or non-profit research institutions. Companies and individuals are not eligible to apply for Flash Grant awards.

Flash Grant FAQs are located at www.ncbiotech.org/FlashFAQ

Application Materials

Flash Grant Cycle 3 application guidelines and materials are below. The online application form will be opened in mid-February 2021.

How to Submit your Proposal:

Important First Step: The Principal Investigator for the proposal must register for an account on the NCBiotech Funding Portal in advance of the deadline in order submit a proposal. 

Click here for instructions and more information.

Type: Grant | Category:
Research and Tech

Flash Grants

Maximum Award: $20,000

FY2021 Deadlines:

Cycle 1
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (noon)
Targeted Solicitation (closed)

Cycle 2
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (noon)
Targeted Solicitation (see guidelines)

Cycle 3
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (noon)
Targeted Solicitation (see guidelines)