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Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH)

Understand the REACH program's goals, learn about the 8 hubs that comprise the program, and which institutes are eligible to participate. 

The Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) program includes 8 proof-of-concept hubs with 51 universities and technical colleges from 12 states. This trans-NIH program implements the Phase 0 Proof of Concept Partnership pilot program authorized in the 2011 SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act (P.L. 112-81).

The program focuses on bringing basic science discoveries to market by providing:

  • Entrepreneurial training for innovators on how to bring technologies to market
  • Feedback from federal and industry experts
  • Funding to support early-stage product definition studies
  • Project management support

NIH announces $20 million to support academic product development and entrepreneurship

NIH has committed $1 million per year for four years to support five new REACH hubs. Learn more about this exciting new opportunity in the funding opportunity announcement (RFA-OD-23-005)

For questions about the Funding Opportunity Announcement, please contact Eddie Billingslea (NIGMS Science/Research Contact) or Brett Hodgkins (NIGMS Financial/Grants Management Contact). For more information about the NIH Proof of Concept Network, contact SEED.

Two webinars were held about the NIH REACH Program in December 2022.

Proof of Concept Network

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Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH)

 

Learn more about the 8 hubs and eligible institutes below:

 

2019 REACH Hubs

These hubs were established in 2019 and are funding new projects.

 

KYNETIC

Kentucky Network Innovation and Commercialization

Institutes:

KYNETIC Website


 

WE-REACH

Washington Entrepreneurial Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub

Institutes:

WE-REACH Website


 

CO-SPARK

University of Colorado Spark

Institutes:

CO-SPARK Website


 

MBArC

Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium

Institutes:

MBArC Website


 

ROI

Rutgers Optimizes Innovation

Institutes:

ROI Website


2015 REACH Hubs

These hubs were established in 2015 and are no longer funding new projects.

 

MN-REACH

University of Minnesota

Institutes:

MN-REACH Website


 

LIBH

Long Island Bioscience Hub

Institutes:

LIBH Website


 

UOfL-ExCITE

University of Louisville

Institutes:

ExCITE Website