Now accepting applications: NIH summer program to explore commercial potential of BRAIN Initiative Innovations

For the past several years, the NIH BRAIN Initiative has supported grantee participation in the eC3i Program. The goal is to help investigators answer the question, “does my innovation have commercial potential?” The program also empowers investigators to incorporate user feedback into their innovation’s design, increasing potential for widespread dissemination and use - a major tenet of the BRAIN Initiative. 

The eC3i Program is held virtually over 10-weeks during the summer months (June 3-August 22, 2024) and includes: 

  • A self-paced entrepreneurial training course   

  • One-on-one mentoring from experienced biotech entrepreneurs 

  • Stakeholder interviews to gain understanding of the requirements and features potential users/customers would need to adopt the technology   

To be eligible to participate, teams must have a BRAIN-funded grant award that is active or in a No-Cost Extension through September 2024. Teams can include anyone involved in the grant research with an interest in exploring the innovation’s commercial potential. The grant PI does not have to participate as part of a team. 

For full program and eligibility details, please visit the eC3i website.  

BRAIN investigators developing innovative tools or technology are encouraged to take advantage of the 2024 eC3i Program. This year, the program will be held from June 3-August 22, 2024. 

The application cycle is currently open. All applications must be received no later than April 12th, 2024. 

Interested investigators with active BRAIN Initiative awards through NIMH, NIA, NIBIB and NINDS should contact the NIH Scientific/Research staff listed on the program website with any questions and to confirm eligibility. For all other investigators with BRAIN Initiative awards please contact Paige Anderson and Jackie Durkin

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