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Life Science Discovery Fund (LSDF) now accepting pre-proposals

Posted on June 24, 2010 at 10:09am

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) is now accepting pre-proposals for opportunity grants. Opportunity grants allow the LSDF Board of Trustees to consider extraordinary proposals with the potential to advance life sciences research or research infrastructure within Washington’s non-profit and public institutions.

“Opportunities” are expected to arise infrequently, and only the most compelling proposals will be supported. Consequently, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact LSDF before applying to discuss the appropriateness of their ideas for an opportunity grant.

Submission of a pre-proposal is required. There is no deadline for pre-proposal submission. LSDF staff will evaluate pre-proposals on an individual basis as they are received, according to the following criteria:

•    the “opportunity” must be of an urgency or nature that cannot be aligned with LSDF’s annual competition cycles;
•    LSDF must be able to significantly leverage its investment against funding from other sources;
•    there must be a high probability that the LSDF investment will attract future financial resources, lead to commercialization of research discoveries, or improve the quality and cost effectiveness of health care; and
•    there must be strong potential for statewide benefit.

Only those pre-proposals that are determined to be consistent with the opportunity grant goals will be invited to submit a full proposal. Proposals will be evaluated on an individual basis as they are received, according to their potential to leverage the LSDF investment and advance LSDF’s mission. The LSDF Board of Trustees, informed by external expert review of the proposals, will make the final award decisions.

For more information about LSDF’s opportunity grants, visit http://www.lsdfa.org/apply/competitions/opportunity-grant, call 206-732-6767, or email programs@lsdfa.org.

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