Specialists in grant preparation, management and accounting facilitate all phases of the grant application process as well as post-grant stewardship. The faculty also run a research grants committee that serves as a pre-submission mock study section to further improve applications. Thanks in part to these resources, the success rate for JAX faculty on NIH grant applications are consistently well above the national rates (e.g., 41% (JAX) versus 21% (national average) in 2017).
Business development and technology transfer
Experts in business development and technology transfer work with faculty to identify possible commercialization and spin-out opportunities. They also work to raise awareness of JAX and network with potential external collaborators, namely venture capital, biotechnology, and biopharmaceutical firms. Many JAX faculty members are currently collaborating with industrial partners on a variety of research and pre-clinical projects.
Funding for innovative pilot research projects is available to JAX faculty through the President’s Innovation Fund and Scientific Services Innovation Fund. Launched in 2013 and 2015, respectively, research enabled by these Innovation Fund programs has led to dozens of high-impact publications and has provided preliminary data and compelling aims for multiple successful NIH grant applications, including center grants.