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SD SHARPhub Life Science & Biotechnology Proof of Concept RFP

Posted on: December 2, 2019   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
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South Dakota SHARPhub Life Science and Biotechnology Proof of Concept Fund

RFP (.pdf)

The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Resource Program (SHARPhub) is developing and implementing key infrastructure to facilitate the translation of life science and biotechnologies from research institutions in South Dakota. The South Dakota SHARPhub Life Science and Biotechnology Proof of Concept (POC) fund:

● will serve to advance the development of novel applied technologies that have potential for commercialization and economic development.

● is not intended to support basic research, but rather it will support activities to advance technologies through the proof of concept phase. Funds through this program are intended for technologies that have already submitted an invention disclosure and could have demonstrable potential commercial appeal.

● is designed to facilitate an inventor’s ability to leverage external funding to serve as a bridge toward product development and commercialization, with an objective of licensing the technology into a newly formed company in the near term.

In coordination with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the South Dakota SHARPhub Life Science and Biotechnology POC Fund supports research that addresses the following causes:

● Diagnosis, prevention, and cure of human diseases

● Processes of human growth and development

● Biological effects of environmental contaminants

● Understanding of mental, addictive and physical disorders

● Directing programs for the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information in medicine and health, including the development and support of medical libraries and the training of medical librarians and other health information specialists

Technologies must address one or more of the following goals:

● to foster fundamental creative discoveries, innovative research strategies, and their applications as a basis for ultimately protecting and improving health 2

● to develop, maintain, and renew scientific human and physical resources that will ensure the Nation’s capability to prevent disease

● to expand the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences in order to enhance the Nation’s economic well-being and ensure a continued high return on the public investment in research

● to exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science.

Proposals are due on January 3, 2020 to SDSHARPhubPOC@draco.bio.

The Dakota Research and Consulting Organization (DRACO) will be coordinating the collection of proposals and assembling the proposal review panel.