Other Sources

SBIR/STTR Resource Center

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that prompts small businesses to participate in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D), a commercializing opportunity. The mission of the SBIR program is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy. SBIR helps small businesses reach their technological potential through award-based programs.

Pfizer Centers for Therapuetic Innovation

The Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) is a newly created, entrepreneurial research unit at Pfizer. The center has established a collaboration with Boston University to translate novel biologic discoveries into testable clinical hypotheses leading to accelerated proof of mechanism in human subjects.  Boston University faculty working on projects that may lead to new biologic therapies (i.e., proteins, antibodies, peptides, etc.) may apply for funding. Calls for proposals are usually during the Fall.

Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technologies

CIMIT is a multi-institutional partnership with the mission to improve patient care by bringing together scientists, engineers, and clinicians to catalyze development of innovate technology, emphasizing minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy.  Boston University is a member of CIMIT and faculty are encouraged to apply for their annual funding programs.

The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center

MTTC was created in 2004 as a program in the Massachusetts Economic Stimulus Bill. Its goal is to support technology transfer activities from public and private research institutions to companies in Massachusetts. To achieve this goal, the Center works with technology transfer offices at Massachusetts research institutions; faculty, researchers, and students who have commercially promising ideas; and companies across the Commonwealth.  MTTC manages two funding programs to support technology development: a $5,000 award to support market research and a $40,000 award to support technology development.  All Boston University faculty are eligible to apply.

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

MTC is the state’s development agency for renewable energy and the innovation economy. MTC administers the John Adams Innovation Institute and the Renewable Energy Trust and works to stimulate economic activity in communities throughout the Commonwealth.  Through the John Adams Innovation Institute and associated economic stimulus bills, MTC provide funding to support the creation of interdisciplinary research centers and to provide cost share to augment large federal research grants.

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center

The Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) offers funding and resources to academic investigators in order to foster technology development and accelerate translational research on device, diagnostic, and therapeutic technologies for the well-being of patients and society.  B-BIC is currently focused on technologies aimed at improving patient care in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.

The NIBIB Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care (CFTC)

FTCC is focused on moving cancer treatments out of specialized centers and into local clinics or home care could significantly lower healthcare costs. Often patients have to travel large distances to receive treatments at cancer centers. In low resource settings in the developing world, there may not be any options for cancer treatment. To address these issues, the Center is focusing on the identification, prototyping and early clinical assessment of innovative point-of-care technologies for the treatment, screening, diagnosis and monitoring of cancers. A major aspect of this effort involves assessing early stage technologies in terms of clinical needs, market demands, setting appropriateness and commercialization strategies. The integrated multidisciplinary team, consisting of engineers, clinicians, public health practitioners, and technology transfer experts, is currently evaluating technologies in various stages of development for suitability across a range of primary care and non-traditional healthcare settings. The Center comprises an Administrative Core, a Clinical Needs Assessment and Impact Analysis Core, a Training Core and a Prototype Development and Testing Core divided into two parts, the Alpha and Beta Cores, which will both be available to Center projects, depending on the stage of technology development.

Contact Helen Fawcett -  hfawcett@bu.edu