NIH Research Evaluation And Ccommercialization Hub Awards – LOI due May 26

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – April 29, 2014

Funding Opportunity: NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards

Letters of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2014
Application Due Date: June 26, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization

On April 25, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Request for Applications (RFA) for proof-of-concept centers, entitled Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH), supported by nearly every NIH institute and coordinated by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP). Utilizing the cooperative agreement (U01) mechanism, the REACH program will accelerate the transition of biomedical innovations into commercial products to improve health and patient care. The RFA notes that 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.” The creation of the REACH program builds upon the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Centers for Accelerated Innovations (CAI) program, which awarded funding to three centers last year. Similar to CAI, the REACH program will support:

  • “The infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologies;
  • Funding for product definition studies to included feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies;
  • Coordinated access to expertise in areas required for early stage technology development including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management; and
  • Skills development and hands-on experience in entrepreneurism.”

See complete Lewis-Burke LLC  press release 4-28-14

In preparation for applying to the REACH program, NIH will host a pre-submission webinar on May 14, 2014 at 3p.m. EST.To register please view: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6578187111589108993

Letters of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2014
Application Due Date: June 26, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization

Total Funding and Award Size: Participating NIH institutes and centers intend to commit a total of $9 million to fund up to three awards with the maximum budget for a Hub to be $1 million per year and a project period of three years. However, the number of awards will be contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of sufficient meritorious applications.

Sources and Additional Background:
• The complete RFA is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-14-005.html
• NHLBI CAI program information is available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/dera/otac/caip/caip_index.html and information on the CAI awardees is here http://nih.gov/news/health/sep2013/nhlbi-26.htm