Funding & Resources

Connecticut Biosciences Innovation Fund

Faculty with life sciences technologies that are potentially commercializable within 1-2 years are candidates for grants from the Connecticut Biosciences Innovation Fund. Up to $500,000 is available per project. Click here for more details.

SBIR and STTR Grant Partnering Opportunities

Many Yale faculty partner with small, local companies to apply for grants that fund collaborative drug discovery projects. Scientists at these companies are experienced in areas such as biopharmaceutical development and medicinal chemistry.

These companies include:

YCCI Clinical and Community Research Scholar Awards

We are pleased to announce a request for applications for YCCI Clinical and Community-Based Research Scholar Awards, which will provide salary and/or research funds to a select number of junior faculty members who are strongly committed to careers in clinical and/or community-based research. Individuals must be nominated by a department chair, division head/section chief, or center/program director. Awards will be for a total of 2 years. Funds can be requested to cover up to 75% of an individual’s salary (with a maximum of $100,000 per year including fringe benefits) and up to $20,000 of research support per year for a research project.

Key Dates:
Due Date for Letters of Intent: December 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Due date for applications: February 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Earliest anticipated start date: March 15, 2015

Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is required and is due by 5:00 PM on December 12, 2014. LOI must be submitted online, please visit for information on how to submit an application. Please be sure to include a complete list of
current grants and pending applications on the biosketch.

Full applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on February 9, 2015. Please refer to the application packet for detailed instructions. Copies of the application packet (in MS Word) can be downloaded from

Applications must be submitted online, please visit for information on how to submit an application.

YCCI Pilot Awards

The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) is pleased to announce the 2014 round of pilot grants. 

YCCI’s pilot program is a funding venue for conducting small-scale research projects to generate data that potentially could lead to further research and funding opportunities. YCCI will accept proposals in the following categories:

Translational and Interdisciplinary Research: This award is aimed at fostering interdisciplinary teams to work collaboratively on key experiments that may lead to the next phase of discovery. These projects should be strategically targeted to conduct research that will lead to the next step along the road to translation. Investigators may request up to $50,000 per year for two years of funding totaling $100,000.

Outcomes, Research into practice, and Community-Engaged Research: Ensuring that research is translated into practice is a difficult transition to navigate. This award is for comparative outcomes and community engagement projects that bridge the gap between science and the proven efficacy of treatments in order to translate these findings into practice. Investigators may request up to $25,000 per year for two years of funding totaling $50,000.

Novel Clinical and Translational Methodologies: This award is to advance technologies post discovery with an eye toward preclinical development. The aim is to provide funding for mature new technologies that are clinically viable or for the translational advancement of medical devices/treatments. These projects should be able to generate data that will facilitate industry collaboration in order to move concepts into the healthcare market. Investigators may request up to $20,000 total cost for a 12 month period.  Proposals of $10-15,000 are particularly encouraged.

Established Cores: Yale has several world-class cores but conducting research that utilizes these technologies is costly. This award is for pilot projects using such established cores as flow cytometry, genomics, and imaging for research that will lead to the funding of full-fledged grants. YCCI solicits applications from Yale faculty for translational and clinical research projects that utilize the resources and expertise found in the PET Center, MMRC, Flow Cytometry, CyTOF, or YCGA. Investigators may request up to $20,000 total cost for a 12 month period. 

Emerging Cores: Core technologies change as science progresses. Proposals for projects that utilize Yale’s emerging cores will fall into one of these categories:

  • Center for Biomedical and Informational Technology (CBIT): Viable prototypes, animal or pilot clinical data, and a compelling business case enhance the successful commercialization of biomedical technologies. This award provides Stage 1 and Stage 2 awards to promising projects that can benefit from the expertise offered by CBIT, a collaboration between the Schools of Medicine, Management; Engineering and Applied Science; industry; and YCCI. Investigators may request up to $1,500 total cost for stage 1 and up to $50,000 for stage 2. 
  • Yale Center for Molecular Discovery (YCMD): For investigators interested in screening compounds but lacking the resources to carry out this research, YCCI is partnering with YCMD to offer this award for proposals of that demonstrate potential. Investigators may request up to $40,000 total cost for a 12 month period. 
  • Informatics: Epic is a powerful new tool in the clinical research arsenal that has yet to be harnessed. This award will involve collaboration with the Epic team and YCCI analysts for projects that utilize the EMR to conduct research utilizing the data it contains. Investigators may request up to $10,000 total cost for a 12 month period. 

For questions, please contact:
Helen A. Seow, PhD,, 203-737-4512;

or Nicholas A. Licht, MBA,, 203-785-7467.

OCR has additional information on Startup Support, including SBIR/STTR grants, on our Startup Support page.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014