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 a quick jolt of 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 science technologies, particularly in emerging and converging life science sectors.

Flash Grants support short, tightly focused research projects in these two categories:

  1. To obtain crucial proof-of-concept or feasibility testing data necessary to suggest the disruptive* potential of a life science technology, and/or
  1. To conduct the final experiment(s) needed to advance a basic life science research program into the translational research phase* of development  

* See definitions in the Flash FAQs located here.

Up to $24,000 may be requested. Applicants must be researchers at North Carolina-based universities or nonprofit research institutes. Details on requirements and application instructions are in the guidelines.

IMPORTANT: Flash Grant proposals are submitted using an online application system. The submitting PI must register for an account at least 5 business days before submission of the proposal. 


  • Cycle 1 Deadline:
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (noon)
    Solicitation: Open to technologies in all life science sectors

  • Cycle 2 Deadline:
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (noon)
    Solicitation: Open to digital- and data-driven life science technologies only

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Eligibility Requirements

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



Amount Description

A maximum of $24,000 may be requested for periods of up to nine months. There is no match requirement for the Flash Grant Program.

Funding Type





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

External Deadline

April 3, 2019