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The UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science, UMMS Innovation and Business Development, and MassBiologics of UMMS are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity, IND LAUNCH, to support IND/IDE-enabling studies. The purpose of this program is to assist faculty with the commercial development of UMass discoveries; specifically, to facilitate additional research and development work directed at enabling first in human studies. Individual project awards (up to $50,000 for 1 year) will be made on a competitive basis to enable investigators to move innovative, cutting edge research toward commercialization. Funds will typically be used to support additional experimentation and other services (PK/PD, animal toxicology studies, project management, business plan development, product profile development, regulatory filing, etc.) that are necessary steps in filing an IND/IDE. Indirect costs are not allowed.

Thank you for your interest in this program. We look forward to your ideas.