DARPAs simplified application process supports funding of biotech innovations

A new application process from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) makes it easier for businesses to obtain federal grants and funding for biology and technology projects.

The application process for government funding for research ideas and inventions has always been complicated and full of "red tape." This process has caused a great deal of anxiety for prospective applicants. DARPA's Biological Technologies Office (BTO) has come up with a solution to this problem.

DARPA has created a simplified application to make the process more appealing and promote new ideas from innovators in biology and technology. The EZ BAA process gives scientists and engineers access to as much as $700,000 in funding; they are just required to submit a simple, two-page proposal.

“Some of the most exciting work in biotech is happening at the edges and intersections of disciplines, by people who in many cases have never worked with the government before and don’t know how to navigate traditional funding channels,” Alicia Jackson, deputy director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, said. “Since DARPA itself operates at the edges of science and technology, these are often precisely the people with whom we want to be in business. So we’ve created a process that they can relate to.”

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