Flash Grants

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

The Flash Grant program identifies and energizes creative ideas that exhibit early indications of exceptional 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 is crucial to shaping innovative research ideas into high-potential life sciences technologies.

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

  • To obtain initial exploratory, proof-of-concept, or feasibility data necessary to suggest the disruptive potential of a life sciences technology
  • To conduct the final experiment(s) needed to advance a basic life sciences research program into the translational research phase of development

These micro-grants provide funding for projects that ultimately generate follow-on funding, intellectual property filings, licenses, and startup company formation; however, the projects are too early for traditional grant funding mechanisms.

Funds are available to researchers at any North Carolina university or non-profit research institute.

FY2024 Deadlines:

Cycle 1
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 (noon)

Cycle 2
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 (noon)

Cycle 3
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (noon)

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Eligibility Requirements

At the time of submission, the Principal Investigator (PI) must hold a full-time, tenure-track, or tenured faculty appointment, or an appointment as permanent, full-time, clinical or research faculty at the applicant institution or hold an equivalent position. 



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

March 20, 2024