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Funding Opp: RFA-OD-19-014 for NIH REACH Awards

January 2, 2019 by Jennifer Smith

This FOA announces the renewal of the NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program, established to facilitate and accelerate the translation of academic biomedical discoveries into products that improve patient care and public health. Through this program, NIH will provide the qualifying institutions with the funds to seed the creation of academic entrepreneurship Hubs.

The NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) Awards (RFA-OD-19-014) is a trans-NIH program and invites participation from IDeA states. The NIH will host a free pre-submission webinar on January 23, 2019 at 1pm ET. Registration information and link are at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/432135952668370946

Funding Opportunity Purpose

This FOA announces the renewal of the NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program, established to facilitate and accelerate the translation of academic biomedical discoveries into products that improve patient care and public health. Through this program, NIH will provide the qualifying institutions with the funds to seed the creation of academic entrepreneurship Hubs. Hubs will be responsible for providing innovators with both the initial investment and resources to support the proof of concept work and the mentorship in product development and commercialization needed to develop high priority technologies that address the highest US disease burden within the NIH’s mission. Funded Hubs are intended to work as a consortium to enable: (1) the infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologies, (2) funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, proof-of-concept studies) provided to individual researchers, (3) access to expertise in areas required for early stage technology development (including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management), and (4) skills development and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship.  Establishing public-private partnerships and providing additional non-federal funds will be critical for success.

NIH is interested in promoting participation of Institutional Development Award (IDeA) states and programs in the REACH Hubs, and encourages applications from eligible IDeA states as well as outreach from non-IDeA based applicants to existing IDeA programs.  Although not required, collaboration with NIGMS’ Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs for IDeA States for scalable skills development strategies will be viewed as a strength.

Application Receipt Date(s): March 19, 2019 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) Awards (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-OD-19-014)
    National Institutes of Health
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    National Cancer Institute
    National Eye Institute
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    National Library of Medicine
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs


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