Updated: July 1, 2016

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), launched with impetus and support from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, aims to stimulate collaborative research and training that will transform biomedical research among scientists at the University of Chicago (UChicago), Northwestern University (NU) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

The CBC has the mission of transforming the conduct of biomedical research and education in the Chicago area in order to promote and enable scientific research of the highest order. It is grounded in the belief that the combined intellectual power of the researchers, educators, and staff of the member institutions must be harnessed to fulfill a vision for Chicago to become a national and international leader in the biomedical sciences.

To fulfill its mission, the CBC organizes a variety of educational programs and events, including the annual symposia, has assisted in faculty recruitment to the CBC universities, provides support for numerous cutting-edge and unique research facilities at the three CBC universities, and offers several competitive award programs. The current and past CBC Award Programs are described below.

Current Award Programs

Catalyst Awards
One-time incentive awards (up to $250,000), with no expectation of continuation or renewal, made to teams with principals and other strong representation from at least two of the CBC institutions.

▸ Funded Catalyst Awards

HTS Awards
This program is still active but is being discontinued. No applications are accepted at this time.
High Throughput Screening (HTS) Supplemental Grant Program to help fund discovery of innovative small-molecule probes and “hits”. The intent of this program is to support pilot projects, which are focused on biomedically-relevant targets and which will be conducted at a HTS core facility located at one of the CBC universities. The CBC HTS Award will match half of the justified expenses (up to $20,000) of a small molecule screening project, via payment to the specified HTS facility.

▸ Funded HTS Awards

Postdoctoral Awards
The program is undergoing revisions. No applications are accepted at this time.
CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant Program to fund innovative research conducted by postdoctoral fellows under the supervision of their faculty advisor/mentor in core research facilities at the CBC universities. Grants will provide up to $15,000/18 months and the majority of the funding must be used for work in a core research facility (facilities) at CBC universities.

▸ Funded Postdoctoral Awards Awards


▸ Past Award Programs