Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Core Facilities Newsletter
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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JANUARY 4, 2017

NCAI-CC: New Funding Cycle for Innovations in Heart, Lung, Blood

New RFA now available - Deadline for LOI is February 8, 2017


The NIH Center for Accelerated Innovations at Cleveland Clinic announces a request for applications. Funding is available for promising emerging technologies in cardiovascular, pulmonary, blood or sleep-related disorders. NCAI-CC is seeking projects in therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, tools, or systems in order to facilitate translation to commercialized products that improve patient care and enhance health.

This program provides funding and project assistance to advance the development of high priority early-stage technologies in NHLBI research areas. Expert assistance will be provided to funded investigators in early technology develpoment including commercial opportunity assessment, intellectual property, clinical and regulatory, reimbursement, business, leagal and project management.

Letters of intent are due Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

For more information on this funding opportunity, CLICK HERE.

To download the RFA, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the NCAI-CC, CLICK HERE.

NCAI I-Corps @ Ohio RFP: Training in Commercialization

New RFP now available - Deadline for Executive Summary is January 10, 2017


The NIH Center for Accelerated Innovations at Cleveland Clinic is participating in the I-Corps @ Ohio latest request for proposals. If you have a team that would like to participate in the I-Corps program, please submit your executive summary by January 10. I-Corps @ Ohio is a statewide program to assist faculty and graduate students from Ohio universities and collegs to validate the market potential of their technologies and launch startup companies. Modeled after the NSF program, I-Corps @ Ohio will help increase innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry collaboration while expanding the business acumen and networks of faculty and students across the state.

Executive summaries are due January 10, 2017.

For more information on this training opportunity, CLICK HERE.

To download the RFA, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the I-Corps @ Ohio program, CLICK HERE.

CWRU Technology Validation & Start-Up Fund Program (CTP)

New RFP now available - Deadline for Pre-Proposals is January 15, 2017


CWRU's Technology Transfer Office has been awarded a grant by the State of Ohio to fund the CTP. The Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund (TVSF), funded by the Ohio Third Frontier, aims to accelerate and fund the translation of promising technologies into the marketplace through Ohio start-up companies with the eventual goal of creating greater economic growth.

In October 2016, CWRU was awarded a $500,000 fund, which will be administered by the Technology Transfer Office as the CWRU TVSF Program ("CTP") to advance a number of selected programs over a 12-month period. As a result of this award CWRU investigators are no longer eligible to apply for TVSF funding directly to the State of Ohio, but must instead apply to this internal competition.

The CTP is intended to be the final bridge between a translational research project and a viable commercial program. Funding will support technologies that require validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance commercial viability and the ability to support a start-up company. Projects must have already advanced beyond basic research and should have the equivalent of a laboratory-scale proof of concept prior to applying for funding.

Applicants are encouraged to work with potential Ohio licensees and business advisors prior to submitting an application in order to identify critical needs for the technology. Paramount importance will be placed on customer discovery, whether in the form of industry partners or potential end users. Specific milestones related to enhancing valuation and reducing risk should be defined, which can include any of the following: Prototyping, scale-up, animal and/or clinical testing, addressing regulatory or reimbursement requirements. All proposals must fall into one of these State of Ohio's technology focus areas:

  • Biomedical/Life Sciences
  • Advanced Materials
  • Energy
  • Software/Information Technology
  • Sensors
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Number of Applicants Allowed: 10-12 per year at $25,000-$100,000 each (includes cost match)

Total amount of funding: $500,000 + $500,000 cost match by awardees

Anticipated award type: Standard grant with 1:1 cost match required by applicant

Number of RFPs: 3 per year (anticipated dates: January 2017, April 2017, September 2017)

Funding period per project: 1 year

Funding start dates: 1-2 months after submission of full proposal

For more informatoin on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.

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