NIH innovation education program offers another year of curriculum and experience

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The Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation Education Program is designed to help current BRAIN-funded investigators from a research institution or early-stage start-up better understand how to take their innovative technology and apply it to an unmet market need.   

The NIH BRAIN Initiative is providing another opportunity for grantees to participate in the Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Education (eC3i) Program, a 10-week online entrepreneurial education program with one-on-one mentoring from seasoned biotech entrepreneurs. BRAIN-funded researchers participated in this program in previous years. The program is aimed at teaching academic innovators methods to assess the commercial value of their biomedical technologies and includes:   

  • Online curriculum with a self-paced virtual training course   

  • Approximately 20 hours of personalized mentoring with the team’s assigned Business Advisor and Project Manager  

  • Stakeholder interviews to assess the value proposition of the technology   

  • Several team presentations throughout the course to gain feedback from a larger audience of Business Advisors  

  • Final "Pitch Presentation" focusing on the target customer and the value proposition of the technology  

Previous program participants have shared overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding their eC3i experience. Namely, BRAIN-funded researchers have appreciated the excellent advisors, opportunities for stakeholder interviews, and the self-paced coursework. 

To be eligible to participate, you must have a BRAIN-funded grant award that is active or in a No-Cost Extension through September 2023. For full program and eligibility details, please visit the eC3i website.  

All applications must be received no later than April 14th, 2023. Apply Today! Applications can be submitted to  

Program dates are as follows:  

Notice of Participation: May 12, 2023  

Program Start Date:  June 14, 2023  

Program End Date:  August 31, 2023  

For investigators with active BRAIN Initiative awards through NIMH, NIA, NIBIB and NINDS please contact the NIH Scientific/Research staff for that Institute, listed on the program website, with any questions and to let them know if you plan to apply. For all other investigators with BRAIN Initiative awards please contact Paige Anderson ( and Jackie Durkin (