Type: Grant | Category: Research and Tech

Flash Grants

The Flash Grant program identifies and energizes creative ideas that exhibit early indications of exceptional commercial potential. Like a flash of inspiration, flash grants infuse a quick jolt of funding at a critical early point when a small, targeted influx of funds is crucial to shaping innovative research ideas into high-potential life sciences technologies.

Flash grants support short, tightly-focused research projects in these two categories:

  • To obtain initial exploratory, proof-of-concept, or feasibility data necessary to suggest the disruptive potential of a life sciences technology
  • To conduct the final experiment(s) needed to advance a basic life sciences research program into the translational research phase of development

These micro-grants provide funding for projects that ultimately generate follow-on funding, intellectual property filings, licenses, and startup company formation; however, the projects are too early for traditional grant funding mechanisms.

This solicitation is open to proposals in all areas of life sciences, except Class I medical devices or consumer products.

Proposals associated with technical innovations in the following topic areas are particularly encouraged:

  • Global health
  • Pandemic preparedness

Flash Grant FAQs are found here: www.ncbiotech.org/grant-faq

Application Materials

The guidelines and application materials for Flash Grant Cycle 2 are posted below:

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 to submit a proposal. 

Click here for instructions and more information.

Type: Grant | Category: Research and Tech

Flash Grants

Maximum Award:
$27,500
(with an intern supplement for non-R1 universities)

$20,000
(without an intern supplement for R1 universities)

FY2023 Deadlines:

Cycle 1
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 (noon)

Cycle 2
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 (noon)

Cycle 3
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (noon)

For questions or more information, contact:
Michelle Collins, MPA, CRA, CPRA
Director, Grant Process Operations
Science and Technology Development
(919) 549-8845 | michelle_collins@ncbiotech.org

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