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.

Cycle 3 is open to proposals in all areas of life sciences except Class I medical devices or consumer products.

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

Application Materials

The guidelines and application materials listed below are for informational purposes only. The FY2024 materials will be posted closer to the proposal deadline.

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.

Type: Grant | Category: Research and Tech

Flash Grants

Maximum Award: 
(with an intern supplement for non-R1 universities)

(without an intern supplement for R1 universities)

FY2024 Deadlines:

Cycle 1
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 (noon)

Cycle 2
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 (noon)

Cycle 3
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (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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