The Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC) was established in 2019 as a 4-year, $3.9 million partnership between the University of Missouri, Columbia (lead)/ University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), Kansas City and the National Institutes of Health Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (NIH REACH).

The goal of MBArC is to provide funding, training, and education to academic researchers to accelerate the transition of discoveries originating from research labs into products that improve health. To be eligible for this funding opportunity, a technology must be an idea or invention based on a participating institution’s intellectual property and should not be licensed/optioned to a company. Promising proof-of-concept work emerging out of the Hub will be ready for the next source of independent financing through viable start-up companies competitive for small business grants, private capital investment, or licensing opportunities.

To this collaboration, MU brings outstanding biomedical and bioengineering research programs and its vibrant track record of participation in the Coulter Biomedical Accelerator Program. KUMC provides its exceptional biomedical research programs and Frontiers, its NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). In addition, each institution has existing partnerships that strengthen and extend the alliance — MU with the University of Missouri System universities in Kansas City (UMKC), St. Louis (UMSL), and Rolla (Missouri S&T), and KUMC with the Kansas Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) and the Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership Hub (SHARPhub). All sixteen participating institutions are eligible for MBArC funding.

mbarc map graphicThe MBArC network will employ the following strategies to increase biomedical research commercialization:

  • Leverage MBArC’s geographic and institutional scope to develop strategic partnerships that invite scientists to engage in technology transfer and commercialization,
  • Give academic researchers the training and resources needed to validate the clinical and commercial feasibility of their innovations,
  • Provide researchers with funding and mentorship to complete product definition studies and attract follow-on funding, and
  • Offer experiential learning opportunities in biomedical entrepreneurship

Applications should involve ideas that originate from within a participating institution (making them potentially eligible for patent protection or some other mechanism that will return income to the program) or university-derived technologies with pending/issued patents or copyright. Technologies that are already licensed/optioned to a company are not eligible.

How to Apply

A call for Letters of Intent for the 2021 funding cycle went out in October 2020. The next call is scheduled to go out in October 2021. Please contact Lead Program Manager Jaya Ghosh for additional information. For more information see our Application Requirements page.

MBArC Resources

NIH REACH (NCAI Centers and REACH)

National Institutes of Health
B-BIC: Translating Discoveries Into Products
NIH Center for Accelerated Innovations at Cleveland Clinic
University of California Center for Accelerated Innovation
Kentucky Network for Innovation and Commercialization
Long Island Bioscience Hub
University of Louisville ExCITE program
University of Minnesota - REACH
Rutgers Optimizes Innovation
Washington Entrepreneurial REACH
SPARK | REACH Colorado

Libraries

University of Missouri Libraries
University of Kansas Libraries
University of Missouri Kansas City Libraries
University of Missouri St. Louis Libraries
Missouri S&T Library
University of Kansas Medical Center Libraries
Langston University
Witchita State University
Fort Hays State University
Emporia State University
Pittsburg State University
Washburn University
Kansas State University Library
University of South Dakota Library
University of North Dakota Library
Oklahoma University Library
University of Nebraska Medical Center Library

Tech Transfer Offices

University of Missouri Technology Advancement Office
University of Kansas Center for Technology Commercialization
Missouri S&T Technology Transfer and Economic Development
University of Missouri St Louis Technology Transfer
University of Missouri Kansas City Office of Research Services Commercialization
Witchita State University Office of Research
Langston University Office of Research
Pittsburg State University
Kansas State University Technology Transfer and Development
University of South Dakota Technology Transfer Office
University of North Dakota Corporate Engagement and Commercialization
Oklahoma University Office of Technology Commercialization
University of Nebraska Medical Center Technology Transfer

Patents and Clinical Trial Information

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Google Patents
ClinicalTrials.gov

Educational Resources

NCAI/REACH Educational Resources

Entrepreneur Resources

Biomedical Entrepreneur Resources
Federal Resources and Databases to support R&D Innovation
MOSourceLink
KCSourceLInk

Follow-On Funding and Resources

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
NIH Applicant Assistance Program (Assists small businesses with an interest in preparing and submitting an SBIR or STTR application)
NIH-SBIR
NSF-SBIR
NINDS Division of Translational Research (DTR)
Bridging Interventional Development Gaps (BrIDGs)
Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND)

Centennial Investors
Cultivation Capital
Mid-America Angels
Fountain Innovation Fund
Women's Capital Connection
CiperhBio - Discover Life Science Investors and Exclusive Insights
Flagship Pioneering
Atlas Venture

Accelerators and Incubators Information

JLabs by Johnson&Johnson
Bayer’s Grants4Apps
AstraZeneca Incubator
Illumina Accelerator
Bayer CoLaborator
Medtech Innovator
Plug and Play
SHARPhub
KidsX
BioGenerator
BioNexus KC
Y Combinator

Health Care Foundation Funding Information

GE Foundation
John A Hartford Foundation
Founder Grants