Flash Grants

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

The 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 technology into the translational research phase of development.

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

Potential applicants at Duke should consult with Steve Murray, Assoc. Director, Foundation Relations (stephen.murray@duke.edu) before applying. 

The Cycle 2 solicitation is open to proposals in ALL AREAS of life sciences, except Class I medical devices or consumer products.

Proposals associated with technical innovations in the following topic areas are encouraged:

  • Global health
  • Pandemic preparedness

FY2023 Deadlines:

Cycle 1
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 (noon)

Cycle 2
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 (noon)

Cycle 3
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (noon)

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 7, 2022