Biotechnology Innovation Grant
The Biotechnology Innovation Grant (BIG) provides funding that enables university researchers to explore commercial applications of their inventions.
Each BIG award funds a technical project in parallel with a commercially focused project designed to contribute to early product milestones and inform subsequent development. The technical project extends beyond the existing foundational research base to test some aspect of the product potential of the invention. The commercial development project is undertaken by a partner Commercial Development Adviser and examines the market, IP landscape or other factors influencing commercial potential.
A successful BIG project can uncover technical and commercial opportunities or weaknesses; provide go/no-go decision points regarding continued development and IP protection; enhance IP value; and position the invention for further commercial development. More broadly, the BIG program helps nurture an entrepreneurial culture within the university by pairing technologists with commercial development expertise at the earliest stages of product development.
FAQs for the BIG program are posted here.
BIG Program Application Materials
Cycle 2 Fiscal year 2016-2017
Deadline Cycle 2: February 15, 2017 (noon)
When you have your proposal materials prepared, submit your application online. (The online application will be opened in early January.)