The Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership is now accepting Pre-Proposal applications for its 2013-2014 application cycle!
Sunday, December 1, 2013 – Pre-Proposals Due
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Full Proposals Due
Friday, May 2, 2014 – Presentation to Judges
The Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership is now accepting Pre-Proposals for its 2013-2014 application cycle. Selected teams will receive funding, advice, and guidance to help advance their nascent ideas from conception to proof-of-concept. Through these efforts, the Partnership aims to better position these ideas for partnering with a commercial entity that will invest the necessary resources to bring the concept to market.
The application process is a multi-stage process, starting with the submission of a Pre-Proposal. Selected Pre-Proposals will be invited to submit Full Proposals, and a subset of the Full Proposals will be invited to present their projects for final consideration.
Proposals are evaluated by a panel of experts comprised of clinicians, biomedical entrepreneurs, early-stage investors, and technology transfer specialists. The projects are evaluated on the basis of their potential health care and patient care impact, their timeline and pathway to commercialization, their technical feasibility, and, most importantly, their potential for obtaining further financial investment to bring the proposed solution to the bedside.
Projects which propose to undertake discovery research will not be selected. Successful proposals must be translational in nature, i.e. they must focus on efforts to translate research results into practical clinical application. Visit http://www.bme.columbia.edu/coulterprojects for a description of projects funded in previous cycles.
The Partnership is led by the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, in collaboration with the Departments of Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Radiology at Columbia University Medical Center, and Columbia Technology Ventures, the technology transfer office of Columbia University. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and support of leadership from the Offices of the Executive Vice President for Research and the Provost.
Eligible teams must include an engineer, preferably from Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science with an affiliation to the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and a practicing clinician, preferably with an appointment at Columbia University Medical Center. If you need an engineering or clinical collaborator, we may be able to facilitate introductions. All technologies that may have a direct impact on human health will be considered (e.g. therapeutic drugs and devices, medical imaging, monitoring devices, biosensors, biomaterials, and platform technologies, etc.). However, the most relevant are those where time to market can be achieved in less than 10 years.
All members of the team should be committed to commercialization objectives and be open to receiving mentorship, coaching, and oversight of their projects.
If you received an award from the Partnership in previous years, you may be eligible to apply for additional funding to support your project. Such additional funding is contingent on successful achievement of your previous milestones and demonstration of compelling market feedback requiring additional technical development, among other factors. To explore further, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to reach out to the Executive Team with any questions about the application process or the program overall. Please submit inquiries or request a meeting time via email to email@example.com.
If you’re interested in learning more about the application process, eligibility and evaluation criteria, or how the Partnership works with teams to facilitate the translation research process, please join us for one of our Information Sessions:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00p [ http://
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00p [ http://
Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 4:00 to 5:00p [ http://
Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 4:00 to 5:00p [ https://