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.
Cycle 2 is open to proposals in all areas of life sciences except Class I medical devices, consumer products, and mobile apps.
Funds are available to researchers at any North Carolina university or non-profit research institute.
Flash Grant FAQs are found here: www.ncbiotech.org/grant-faq
The guidelines and application materials for Flash Grant Cycle 2 are listed below.
FY24 Flash Grant Cycle 2 Guidelines.pdf
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 to submit a proposal.
Click here for instructions and more information.
(with an intern supplement for non-R1 universities)
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