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Apply for a Bioscience CAT Grant!

The Bioscience CAT grant invites applications from faculty and principal investigators (PI)* working at any of Delaware's academic research institutions, including:

  • The University of Delaware
  • Delaware State University
  • Wesley College
  • Delaware Technical and Community College
  • Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Christiana Care Health System

*Principal investigators (PIs) must be eligible to serve as a PI at their home institution. For senior research associate-type positions (individuals eligible to serve as PI only with permission of the relevant sponsored research office), please contact cat@dbi.udel.edu to confirm eligibility.

Academic PIs can only have one active grant at a time.

Criteria for CAT Grant Awards

Proposed work may be related to ongoing work, but must not duplicate projects funded by other sources. The emphasis is on high-quality projects that also generate a significant industrial interest. Priority will be given to applications that involve a genuine collaboration with a Delaware-based industry, and that have an impact on economic development with matching support from a Delaware business. A Delaware business is defined as one that has a manufacturing base, research base, or headquarters located in Delaware. For projects that involve collaborations with a start-up or small business, matching support should be (at least) in the form of in-kind contributions to the project, if not direct financial support. For projects that involve collaborations with a medium to large business, the matching support should be in the form of direct financial support.

There is no requirement that any matching support be formalized between the host academic institution and the industrial partner at the time of a grant application. However, the match will need to be committed by the time the project is expected to begin and should be expended during the same project period as CAT funds. Issues related to intellectual property should be discussed with the relevant technology transfer office directly. A typical match will involve at least 1:1 of industrial and CAT grant support and the degree of industrial partner support will be considered during the CAT grant review process. Documentation from the industrial partner in the form of a letter of support is expected and should include a contact name, address, phone number, dollar amount of financial or in-kind support, as well as dates for the project.

Junior principal investigators beginning their careers are particularly encouraged to apply for applied research projects that may have an economic impact in Delaware, even if an industrial partner has not been identified.

Award Requirements

Principal investigators will agree to the following as conditions of the award:

  • PI is required to participate and highlight their research at the Bioscience CAT symposium. PIs may not substitute graduate student or postdoctoral scientist at this event.
  • Completion of a brief final report by academic PI.
  • Completion of a brief (< one page) follow-up economic impact report by academic PI for three years after project completion (one per year).
  • Completion of a brief (< one page) follow-up economic impact report by industrial partner for three years after project completion (one per year).

Reporting Requirements

Grantees are expected to spend available funds (CAT funds and match funds) in the planned award period. Industrial sponsors are required to fill out a short annual survey requesting information about the impact of the grant on their business. The survey does not request technical information, but will be used to gauge any economic activity that results from the investment. Grantees are required to participate in a one-day symposium highlighting their research results.

Intellectual property

PI's should consult with their relevant technology transfer office to discuss intellectual property ownership issues specific to their award. The CAT program does not retain any rights to intellectual property.

Technology Transfer Offices