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State & Federal Programs

NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer  (SBTT) Grants

Innovative Molecular Analysis Technology Development for Cancer Research and Clinical Care (PAR-13-327)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) announces the availability of a funding opportunity aimed at accelerating the development and commercialization of highly innovative technologies that improve molecular and/or cellular analysis of cancer with a significant likelihood for either overcoming persistent challenges or obstacles or opening entirely new fields for cancer research or clinical care. This Program Announcement complements the goals of the NCI's Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) program by facilitating a path towards technology commercialization. Prior participation in the IMAT Program is not required for eligibility for this FOA. Applications are expected to indicate the significant attributes and advantages of the proposed technology over currently available technologies and conventional approaches. Click here to learn more.

Receipt Dates: May 28, 2014; November 4, 2014; May 27, 2015; November 4, 2015; May 27, 2016

Additional Opportunities

Illumina Accelerator

Deadline: July 2015

At Illumina, we’re committed to unlocking the power of the genome, but we know we can’t do it alone. The Illumina Accelerator is our way of accelerating innovation in the entrepreneurial community. With extensive mentorship, financial support, and access to sequencing systems, reagents, and lab space, we’ve created a dynamic genomic ecosystem to help startups launch. Together we’ll advance the solutions that will transform medicine and improve human health.

GSK Discovery Fast Track Challenge

Applications open March 23, 2015

Do you have a drug discovery concept? Are you a principal investigator affiliated with a U.S. or Canadian research institute, college or university? Are you excited about partnering with a leading pharmaceutical company to translate your novel science into a new medicine?  If so, the Discovery Fast Track Challenge is for you.

Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Harrington Scholar-Innovator award selection committee seeks specific types of projects and applicants that are most likely to accelerate medical discoveries that can benefit patients, including:

  • Breakthrough discoveries deemed to have high potential impact or to address unmet medical needs
  • Early discovery projects (identification of new targets and leads), new drugs, drug-development programs, biologics or drug-device combinations, particularly those supported by highly innovative science
  • Translational or development-type studies not typically funded by basic science or discovery grants (NIH R01 or similar)
  • Physician-scientists in need of assistance with practical problems related to product development

The Michael J. Fox Foundation Rapid Response Innovation Awards

Deadline: No deadline; applications accepted anytime

One-year grants to jump start new ideas in PD research. The Rapid Response Innovation Awards (RRIA) program supports high-risk, high-reward projects with little-to-no existing preliminary data, but with potential to significantly impact our understanding of Parkinson’s disease.  Moreover, this program is well-suited for early exploratory studies that may open the field up to new targets or pathways that may ultimately feed the early drug development pipeline for a treatment of PD.

Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism LLC (DELSIA) Product Development Funding

There is no deadline to apply; submit an Expressions of Interest here.

DELSIA is an independent nonprofit venture philanthropy affiliate of the autism research and advocacy foundation Autism Speaks. DELSIA provides funds to for-profit partners to advance the development of products that address unmet medical and behavioral health needs of the autism community. It was created as an innovative funding vehicle with the goal of improving outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). DELSIA aims to do this by ensuring that scientific breakthroughs and technological advances are developed into products that improve health and quality of life for individuals with autism and their families. Our purpose is to transform lives by serving as a catalyst to facilitate and accelerate the delivery and availability of impactful products.