Tech Eval & Commercialization

Need Help With Your Ideas? Grant preparation and funding

Many grant applications call for commercialization plans, industrial partner programs, translational medicine components, etc. (NSF, DOE, Foundation grants, Howard Hughes programs, NIH, SBIRs, etc.). CERC faculty and staff specialize in writing and implementing these grants. Successes to date include the Guidant Foundation Grant in the Masters of Engineering Management Program and the Coulter Foundation Translational Partnership in Biomedical Engineering and the School of Medicine. If you have a funding opportunity you want to pursue, contact us at

Research idea/technology evaluation

CERC faculty, staff, and community provide several resources in order to provide you with guidance in shaping your research innovations. Resources include:

  • Office of Licensing and Ventures Please make sure you have filed an invention disclosure with the Office of Licensing and Ventures. They will help you prepare patents, market and out-license your technology.
  • Invention to Application Board The ITA Board includes faculty and staff with a wide range of business, healthcare, and technology expertise. They can provide you with feedback and ideas based on single meetings or can help connect you to student fellows (New Venture Fellows) and class in which the marketability of your ideas will be evaluated.
  • Business Strategies Group The Business Strategies Group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute is a valuable resource turning good ideas into viable businesses. The group consists of a Senior Strategist Ana Valverde and a Business Strategies Associate Melda Uzbil who are well equipped with business skills and technology background to meet the demands of this role. With direct supervision from Kevin Schulman, MD, MBA and strategic vision provided by DCRI Director Rob Califf, MD, Chief Operating Officer Deborah Roth, and other members of the leadership team, the Business Strategies Group develops new opportunities or business lines for Duke and the DCRI, based on ideas brought forth by faculty members or market needs in the healthcare and scientific communities.
  • Duke-Coulter Translational Research Grant Program Research combining clinicians and biomedical engineering faculty may be eligible for a Coulter Translational Research Grant. For more information about this grant program, see Please contact the Coulter Project Manager for questions
  • Competitions Duke Start-Up Challenge & Competition for Underserved Resource-poor Economies
  • Students to Innovation Duke's students provide a powerful and effective means to move your ideas forward. These include commercialization classes as well as several student groups.