Sponsor:  Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)
Funding Amount: Up to $5M
Duration: Single or multiple years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity



NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 08/15/2014
Sponsor Deadline: 09/26/2014

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Only ONE (1) application per organization will be accepted and must be signed by a senior leader of the organization. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact Karen Drew (x4824) as early as possible, and submit a CV and a 2-page pre-proposal following guidelines provided in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

  • Project requests for funding from the MLSC must not exceed $5 million. Academic institutions (2-year and 4-year colleges/universities) are limited to $500,000 per institution for equipment purchases, but may apply for up to $5 million for other capital expenditures.
  • Projects must be ready for funding beginning in FY16 (July 1, 2015) and completion of the project must not extend beyond FY18 (June 30, 2017). Applicants may request single or multi-year funding.
  • The MLSC envisions that recipients under the Program will receive a grant amount that leverages additional funds that have been identified and raised for the proposed project. The MLSC acknowledges that the sources and amounts of additional funding will vary depending on the Applicant, the proposed project, and the availability of such funding to the Applicant. These variables will be taken into consideration by the MLSC’s Board of Directors as it makes its funding decisions. For example, a research institution engaged in finding a cure for cancer may be able to attract a greater share of philanthropic dollars than a community college focused on workforce development. Applicants that have succeeded in attracting significant additional funds will benefit during the review process.

Funding Areas

The Capital Program is designed to provide grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences workforce development and training, research and development, commercialization and/or manufacturing in the Commonwealth. Applicants are academic organizations, research institutions, research hospitals, business incubators and other non-profit organizations. MLSC recognizes that investment in capital projects and infrastructure is required to create and sustain the attributes that make Massachusetts attractive to innovation clusters such as life sciences. This program is designed to help fund high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state’s life sciences ecosystem.

Applicants must be requesting funding for capital projects to support the life sciences “infrastructure” in Massachusetts in organizations engaged in life sciences research, development, education and training, or commercialization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the time of the application deadline.

“Life sciences” is defined as: advanced and applied sciences that expand the understanding of human physiology and have the potential to lead to medical advances or therapeutic applications including, but not limited to, agricultural biotechnology, biogenerics, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemical synthesis, chemistry technology, diagnostics, genomics, image analysis, marine biology, marine technology, medical devices, nanotechnology, natural product pharmaceuticals, proteomics, regenerative medicine, RNA interference, stem cell research and veterinary science, as defined in the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), chapter 23I, section 2.