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We are now accepting applications for the following funding programs:

Committee for Pharmaceutical Development 

N/A (applications accepted on a continuous basis)
Program overview
The goal of the Committee for Pharmaceutical Development (CPD) is to identify, develop, and commercialize pharmaceutical products by forming networks and fostering dialogue between University of Minnesota researchers and industry experts. The CPD aims to boost the success rate of therapeutic development and commercialization. 
The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences serve as the sponsors of the CPD, which includes University staff and external advisors with proven drug-development experience.
The CPD provides guidance and funding, with potential matching funds from philanthropic and industry partners. Funded technologies will have demonstrated persuasive indicators of commercial success and will show potential for improving human health.
Application instructions
Funding request form
Guidance request form
Please submit forms to the Program Manager, Jodi Fenlon Rebuffoni, at
Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants Program

12/5: Letters of Interest (LOI) due (LOI is optional; however, for assistance in identifying either a university or community partner for a project, an LOI is required to initiate the matching process)
1/9/15: Full proposals due

Program overview
The Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants Program is designed to support pilot research and evaluation projects that address important human health issues in Minnesota and utilize the population attending the Minnesota State Fair. Studies funded through this mechanism must enroll and collect data from subjects at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair using the new Driven to Discover research building. The Driven to Discover building offers university and community researchers access to approximately 1.8 million potential participants each year and is a unique resource for carrying out population-based research. 

Application instructions
Download the RFA for more information about the application process.

Translational Product Development Fund

12/19: Letters of intent due (Cycle 1)
5/1/15: Letters of intent due (Cycle 2)

Program overview
The Translational Product Development Fund (TPDF) supports the advancement of projects that have the potential to be commercialized, such as projects that aim to form a start-up company or create a license agreement with an established commercial entity. 

CTSI and the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) established TPDF in conjunction with the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics (MNP). Ultimately, the program aims to impact the lives of Minnesotans by translating research discoveries into new therapies and treatment approaches for patients.

Application instructions 
Download the RFA for more information about the application process.

TTR Core Usage Funding Program

Due the 10th of any month

Program overview
The ongoing Core Usage Funding Program provides quick access to funding to use the Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR)-designated Core Resources. Nine eligible Core Resources are identified on the RFA. Applicants may request up to $10,000 to use a TTR-designated Core Resource for up to one year.

The PI must consult with the appropriate Core Director to discuss feasibility, cost, and a timeline prior to submitting an application. Please review the RFA for additional considerations. This funding supports research to advance medical knowledge that can improve human health.

This funding opportunity is open to PIs who hold a faculty-level appointment, Assistant Professor or higher. A direct or clear link to human health or disease must be provided for proposals that include animal models or in vitro culture systems.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th day of any month. Funding decisions are communicated to the PI on the 10th day of the month following the application.

Application instructions
Download the RFA
 for more information about the application process.



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