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Welcome to the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center application site!

The Boston Biomedical Innovation Center provides funding to accelerate the development of device, diagnostic, and therapeutic solutions to
heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.

Applications must address unmet clinical needs to improve healthcare outcomes and aim to generate viable technologies for commercial development.  Projects that are in the earlier stages of pre-commercial development will be considered as applications to the Pilot funding program.  Awards through the DRIVE program are provided as investments in early-stage technologies that have the potential for commercial translation within two years. 


Resources
Application forms, guildelines, review criteria, and other resources can be found by clicking the resources link in the top right corner or this page.  

For general questions about the B-BIC application or review process, please contact the B-BIC Director for Administration and Finance, Lesley Watts, at (857) 307-2440 / lwatts@partners.org.

For questions regarding the business development aspects of your proposal, B-BIC coaches are available to suggest resources and provide strategic input.

 

Device Technologies Coach:
Paul Tessier: ptessier@partners.org

Therapeutic Technologies Coach:  
John Randle, PhD: john@random-walk-ventures.com



Funding
B-BIC provides funding for studies aimed at technology development and translational research, regulatory, legal, and business development expertise.  

B-BIC DRIVE grants provide up to $200,000 for direct costs to support milestone-based projects with significant involvement from the Center.  (Indirect costs are provided in accordance with the source of funding.)  DRIVE projects may take 18 - 24 months and are expected to include proof-of-value and validation studies for commercial translation of the technology.

B-BIC offers pilot grants up to $50,000 to support direct costs for one year.  (Indirect costs are provided in accordance with the source of funding.)  Pilot projects may include feasibility studies as well as experiments to test the reproducibility of hypothesis-driven research with a goal of developing the commercial value of the technology.



Eligibility  
Faculty from the B-BIC member institutions are eligible to apply.  For-profit entities are eligible to apply as collaborators with Principal Investigators at member institutions.   



Deadlines and Proposal Review
Pre-proposals may be submitted anytime throughout the year.  There is no set deadline for pre-proposal submissions.  A subset of applicants who submit pre-proposals will be invited to develop full proposals.  

Full proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis by members of the B-BIC External Selection Committee, including representatives from the local life sciences and venture capital communities.  Full proposals are also reviewed by our Federal Partners, including representatives from the USPTO, FDA, CMS, and payor/provider organizations.  The Federal review committee meets in March, June, September, and December. 
 


Budget Considerations
Applications to the Pilot program may request up to $50,000 direct costs.  Applications to the DRIVE program may request up to $200,000 direct costs.

Indirect costs are provided at the applicant institution’s Federally-negotiated rate up to 77% MTDC for awards supported with Federal dollars. 

The current NIH salary cap must be applied to personnel costs.  Funds are not awarded for the purchase of equipment, travel, or publication costs except under unusual circumstances. 

DRIVE awards will be released in accordance with milestone and tranche plans included with the application. 
 


Format  

 Pre-Proposal Form

All pre-proposals and full proposals must be submitted using the on-line application system.

All required supporting documents, including the B-BIC budget form, compliance form, NIH biosketches, and institutional authorization should be included in one .pdf file and uploaded into the on-line application system.

All text material must be in a readable font (at least Arial 10 point), and margins must be at least 0.5 inches. 

.pdf file format is recommended