Flash Grants

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

NCBiotech’s Flash Grant program aims to identify and energize the most creative ideas that exhibit early indications of commercial potential. Like a flash of inspiration, Flash Grants infuse funding at a critical early point when a small, targeted influx of funds can be crucial to shaping innovative research ideas into high potential life sciences technologies, particularly in emerging and converging life sciences sectors. 

Flash Grants are used to demonstrate the disruptive potential of a technology or to move a technology into the translational research phase of development.

For fiscal year 2022, there will be three submission cycles for the Flash Grant program. Cycle-specific focus areas and guidelines will be posted prior to each deadline.

Applicant organizations must be North Carolina universities or non-profit research institutions. Companies and individuals are not eligible to apply for Flash Grant awards.

FY2022 Deadlines:

Cycle 1
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (noon)

  • Agricultural life sciences research (AgTech)
  • Marine life sciences research (Marine Tech)
  • Ecology and natural environments research affecting human, animal, or plant health

Cycle 2
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (noon)

Cycle 2 is open only to Clinician Innovators developing:

  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals and biologics
  • Precision health solutions
  • Clinical software and workflow solutions

Cycle 3
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (noon)
Topics to be determined

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Eligibility Requirements

Any North Carolina university or non-profit research organization may apply.



Amount Description

A maximum of $20,000 may be requested for periods of up to 12 months. There is no match requirement for the Flash Grant Program.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

December 8, 2021