Transforming the way we protect those who protect us.
The NCBiotech Bio Defense program expands the life science base of North Carolina’s $38 billion defense economy.
Our Bio Defense outreach goes far beyond concerns over bioterrorism. NCBiotech and partners -- North Carolina’s small companies, researchers and military representatives -- are thinking more broadly. We work to provide vaccines for soldiers, to protect the food supply, and to find how best to deploy novel technologies that will protect our soldiers and heal those who sustain wounds in battle.
Given the size and significance of the federal investments in NC, NCBiotech and partners are working to bring the state’s innovative, life science technological expertise to bear to address critical challenges faced by the military and national security agencies. Developing strategies to better align the state’s well-recognized life science strengths with the Department of Defense (DoD) and national security strategic priorities will enable our state to be a critical solution provider on challenging problems while also increasing defense funding to support North Carolina researchers and companies.
Some of these NCBiotech-led activities include:
Providing support for university-based researchers and small businesses that have a technology that addresses a need in the Bio Defense arena and educate and support their efforts in seeking DoD or homeland security relationships and funding
Promoting and representing North Carolina at targeted military and federal Bio Defense conferences throughout the United States and promote our state's life science capabilities
Hosting or sponsoring conferences where military, government, academic and industry experts can network and collaborate
Connecting military, industry and academia partners to promote North Carolina’s Bio Defense capabilities at the state and federal level
For additional information, please see our Bio Defense Initiative one-pager.
Business North Carolina magazine, with the help from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, held a roundtable of distinguished experts discussing opportunities for growing the bio defense sector in N.C.
Bio Defense News & Events
CARB-X 2018 Event Presentation
BARDA Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe)
Apply now! DRIVe's new EZ-BAA application is streamlined, fast and user-friendly.
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is pleased to announce the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) simplified application process, called the EZ BAA, is now open for business. Medical product developers, research teams, and companies offering disruptive solutions to health security threats are invited to submit abstracts beginning today using this simplified EZ BAA process.
BARDA is looking for the most innovative products and technologies to protect Americans from the most serious systemic, natural and intentional health security threats. Our goal is to build a portfolio of products representing disruptive innovative approaches that will transform health security.
Applications accepted through this streamlined process must offer transformative innovation, products and technologies to protect Americans from health security threats. This application process is a business-friendly simple abstract.
In-scope priority areas include: products and solutions to reduce illness and death from sepsis as part of DRIVe’s Solving Sepsis initiative; technologies and processes to identify infections and exposures to biological and other health threats, as outlined in the Early Notification to Act, Control, and Treat (ENACT) initiative; and tools and techniques to mitigate the damages and loss of life associated with catastrophic events.
Applying is simple:
- Download the application form from the website.
- Submit a technical abstract no longer than 2,000 words.
- Include a cost proposal of an additional 2,000 words or less.
- Proposed costs should not exceed $749,000.
What happens next:
- Once submitted, DRIVe’s experts will review the application to ensure it is within scope and meets DRIVe criteria.
- As the applicant, you’ll be notified of the review results within 30 days of your submission.
Learn more about the DRIVe EZ-BAA review criteria.
For more information, visit the DRIVe website.
Have questions? Looking for more information? Contact DRIVeContracting@hhs.gov
Emil Runge, Program Manager
Mobile: (404) 668-2136
First Flight Health Security Accelerator
2 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC
United States Army Medical and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
The United States Army Medical and Materiel Command's (USAMRMC) mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. Extramural research and development programs play a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the USAMRMC.
The FY18-FY22 USAMRMC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is intended to solicit extramural research and development ideas. Research and development funded through the BAA are intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge.
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Biodefense Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
The Biodefense Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) released its 2018 BARDA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), soliciting proposals for advanced research and development of medical countermeasures (MCM). BARDA seeks proposals to detect, contain, and treat chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents; pandemic influenza; and emerging infectious diseases. The BAA highlights areas of interest, which include various technologies, vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and devices to address these threats and to protect U.S. civilian health.
BARDA’s mission “is to develop and procure medical countermeasures that address the public health and medical consequences of CBRN accidents, incidents and attacks; pandemic influenza; and emerging infectious diseases.” BARDA’s priorities and programs closely align with the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategic Plan, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pandemic Influenza Plan and other interagency efforts to promote and protect the nation’s public health. Per the BAA, interested applicants should be aware of these efforts and agencies’ roles in the national MCM enterprise.
- Stage One (quad charts and white papers) – January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31, in both 2018 and 2019
- Invited full proposals are due any day during the open period for the BAA (i.e., through October 31, 2019)
Total Funding and Award Size: BARDA anticipates issuing multiple awards of various sizes. Total available funding is subject to change depending on budget and emerging priorities.
Eligibility: The BAA is open to all “single entities or teams from private sector organizations, government laboratories, and academic institutions.” Those interested are encouraged to verify the BAA for full eligibility requirements and award restrictions.