FAQ: B-BIC APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Who can apply for B-BIC grants?
Anyone holding a faculty appointment at a B-BIC member institution may apply for a B-BIC grant.

May I submit more than one application?

Applicants may submit more than one proposal to both the Pilot and DRIVE programs.  However, each application must have a distinct set of aims and work plan.

Is there a limit to the number of applications I can submit?

B-BIC encourages and supports the entrepreneurial personality.  Investigators are encouraged to re-apply with proposals for different applications of the same technology as well as new technologies.  Early determination of technology failure is part of the process.

Should I disclose any unprotected proprietary information in the submission? 

Do not disclose any unprotected proprietary information.  Protecting proprietary information is the responsibility of the applicant and the applicant institution. Pharma and device companies are actively involved in the center providing expertise and supporting the development of commercial outcomes.

Who reviews the applications?
B-BIC reviewers include practicing clinical specialists and domain experts, engineers and scientists with broad experience in medical innovation, external business development and commercialization experts, and our Federal partners at the FDA, CMS, USPTO, and NIH.

Who retains the rights to any intellectual property generated by a proposal? 

Management of intellectual property is determined by the policies of the institution responsible for the application.  Investigators funded by B-BIC are expected to establish IP with their institution’s technology transfer office, with an indication that B-BIC funding has been used to support their work.

Who do I call for help if I have questions about proposals or awards?

The B-BIC main office number is 857-307-2440.  Email may also be sent to Lesley Watts, B-BIC Director for Administration and Finance, at lwatts@partners.org.