The NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program will support proof-of-concept centers (Hubs) that facilitate and accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into commercial products that improve patient care and enhance health. The REACH Hubs will provide qualified institutions with the initial investment and resources to nurture innovators to develop high priority early-stage technologies within the NIH’s mission by providing: (1) infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologies, (2) funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies), (3) coordinated 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 entrepreneurism. Establishing public-private partnerships and providing additional non-federal funds will be critical for success.
Only one application per institution is allowed.
Cooperative agreement. The participating Institutes and Centers intend to commit an estimated total of $9,000,000 to fund up to three awards. The maximum budget for a Hub is $1,000,000 total costs per year. The maximum project period is 3 years.
To comply with the limitation of one proposal per institution, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, if you are interested in going forward with an application.
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