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Darpa streamlines biotech funding

Biotech researchers can apply for as much as $700,000 in seed funding with just a two-page proposal under a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program designed to bring in new blood.

Changes to the application process for funding from Darpa should lower the barrier to entry for grant-seekers from business and academia, especially those not used to seeking funding from Darpa or other government sources.

Rather than answering a request for proposals focused on a specific problem and submitting a 40 to 60 page proposal, Darpa says, applicants can now seek funding on any biotechnology problem with a brief description of the project, their plan, goals and expected costs. According to the agency, they will ask proposers of promising projects for full proposal within a few weeks. The funding will be limited to unclassified research.

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