Funding Opportunities and Support

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation partners with University faculty on a variety of different funding opportunities, from Co-PIs on research and training grants to supporting faculty spin-outs as they develop commercialization plans for SBIR/STTR proposals.

University Research Commercialization and Prototype Development Grants

NSF I-Corps National Program

This program is an immersive, entrepreneurial training program that facilitates the transformation of invention to impact.

NSF’s Partnership for Innovation (PFI) Programs

The program offers researchers a technology testbed to gain market insights, launch a commercial application or facilitate industry adoption. The program helps researchers translate basic research into technologies and spurs university spinoff companies.

NSF Innovations in Graduate Education Program

Supports potentially transformative approaches to graduate education with a focus on preparing students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs for a range of STEM careers.

NC Biotechnology Center

NCBiotech offers several funding programs that fill gaps in technology development and company growth. These funds help university researchers and companies conduct critical studies and reach significant development milestones to attract follow-on funding.

Startup Commercialization Funding

SBIR/STTR Programs

Through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, America’s Seed Fund awards non-dilutive funding to develop your technology and chart a path toward commercialization. The federal government invests in your solution and gives you the freedom to run your business according to your vision.

One North Carolina Small Business Programs

Incentive Funds Program provides reimbursement to qualified NC businesses for a portion of the costs incurred in preparing and submitting a SBIR/STTR. The program also awards matching funds to NC businesses who have received a federal SBIR or STTR award.

NC IDEA Micro and Seed Grant Programs

NC IDEA MICRO awards small, project-based grants up to $10K to young companies looking to validate and advance their idea. NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster (up to $50K).