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Center Funding

Biotechnology Center grant and loan programs support academic research, company development and community networking to grow the life sciences in North Carolina. 


If the Center is closed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, proposals are due at noon the next day the Center is open for business.

Research and Technology Development Grants

Grant Description Deadlines
Biotechnology Innovation Grant (BIG)

Supports studies at North Carolina research institutions that enable commercialization of early-stage university life science inventions.

Maximum request $100,000

FY 2018
Cycle 1:
July 19, 2017

Cycle 2:
February 21, 2018

Institutional Development Grant (IDG)

Provides core equipment that will be used by multiple faculty members.

Maximum: $200,000

FY 2018

August 30, 2017

Pfizer-NCBiotech Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gene Therapy (GTF)

Competitive awards fund two-year fellowships that enable early-career scientists to conduct research in the laboratories of gene therapy-related investigators at any North Carolina university.

FY 2018

August 2, 2017 (noon)

Technology Enhancement Grant (TEG)

For university technology transfer offices to support research and other commercially important activities that will make a technology licensable.

Maximum: $75,000


Cycle 1:
August 16, 2017 (noon)

Cycle 2:
March 21, 2018 (noon)

Biotechnology Center Business Loans

Grant Description Deadlines
Small Business Research Loan

Supports business inception and research critical to the development of products, processes, or tools with clear commercial potential.

Award Range: $75,000 to $250,000


Strategic Growth Loan (SGL)

Matches Biotechnology Center loan support with angel group or venture capital investments to fund life science companies that have already established technical proof-of-concept and require further corporate development support.  A maximum of two SGLs allowed per company.

Award Range: $250,000 to $500,000


Event Grants

Grant Description Deadlines
Biotechnology Event Sponsorship

Supports North Carolina-based events.

Maximum: $3,000

See BES webpage for information.