The mission of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is to stimulate collaboration among scientists at Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and others to accelerate discovery that will transform biomedical research and improve the health of humankind.
The CBC gratefully acknowledges support from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

Announcement  I  Posted: October 28, 2019

RFA: CBC Accelerator Award
▸ Announcing next round of applications

CBC Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $250,000) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

Round 4 (Spring 2020) LOIs submission deadline: March 6, 2020

▸ Accelerator RFA

Announcement  I  Posted: February 24, 2020

RFA: CBC Catalyst Award
▸ CBC invites new applications

Catalysts are one-time incentive awards (up to $250,000), focused on basic biological/ biomedical research with transformative potential, made to collaborative teams with principals and other strong representation from at least two of the CBC institutions.

Please note the application guidelines (RFA) have been revised effective January 6, 2020: the Catalyst Award program aims to support basic scientific discoveries that are cutting-edge, high-risk / high-reward and address fundamental research questions.

Round 30 (Fall 2020) application submission deadline: September 11, 2020, @5PM.

▸ Catalyst RFA

Announcement  I  Posted: September 30, 2019

RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows
▸ Not accepting new applications at this time

The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program identifies and supports the professional development of academic researchers who are keen to develop the skills and experiences needed to move translational projects from a university lab toward commercialization and potentially into a Chicago-based biotech start-up.

The CBC EF program has made commitments for the current positions and is not accepting new applications at this time. Applications submitted prior to October 1, 2019 will remain in the application pool and be considered for future positions.

▸ Entrepreneurial Fellows RFA

▸ More programs


Announcement  I  Posted: January 30, 2020

Upcoming CBC Accelerator Network (CBCAN) Meetings

▸ CBC Accelerator Award LOI Submitters Presentations, Rd. 4, Part I
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Discovery Partners Institute
200 South Wacker Drive, Fourth Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

▸ CBC Accelerator Award LOI Submitters Presentations, Rd. 4, Part II
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: TBD

More information coming soon!

Announcement  I  Updated: February 10, 2020

17th Annual CBC Symposium
▸ Epigenetics and Disease

SAVE THE DATE: October 30, 2020

LOCATION: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 East Erie, Chicago, IL 60611

ORGANIZERS: Jim Audia (Chair; Former CBC Executive Director), Lucy Godley (Co-Chair; CBC Scientific Director for UChicago) and Rick Morimoto (Co-Chair; CBC Interim Executive Director & CBC Scientific Director for NU).

SPEAKERS: Shelley Berger (UPenn), Peggy Goodell (Baylor College of Medicine), Chuan He (UChicago), Cigall Kadoch (Harvard/Dana Farber/Broad Institute), Danny Reinberg (NYU) and Ali Shilatifard (NU).


▸ Symposium 2020 Webpage

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Director’s Corner  I  February 18, 2020

▸ U of I System, DPI and IIN gifted another $10 million!

University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Edwards and his wife, Anne, give $10 Million to the University of Illinois, half of which will go to U of I System’s DPI and IIN, adding momentum to the recently announced Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $500 Million pledge to support the development of DPI.

“In the News”  I  February 14, 2020

▸ Looking for where to conduct skin research in Chicago?

Don’t look any further: the NU Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-Based Center provides access to all CBC universities’ members.

Director’s Corner  I  February 12, 2020

▸ Chicago’s DPI to “emulate” Kendall Square in Boston

Gov. J.B. Pritzker to release $500 million in state capital funds towards the development of the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a potential game-changer for Chicago tech.

Posted: January 31, 2020
Cures Within Reach Funding Opportunities
Cures Within Reach has several new funding opportunity Requests for Proposals including those available to faculty members at the CBC universities:

  • Up to $100,000 for clinical and up to $50,000 for preclinical repurposing research in Meniere’s disease (proposals due March 20, 2020)
  • Up to $50,000 for clinical repurposing research in rare blood cancers (proposals due March 6, 2020)
  • Up to $50,000 for clinical repurposing research in retinitis pigmentosa (proposals due March 6, 2020)

▸ Learn more and apply
▸ Serve as a Grant Reviewer

Posted: January 9, 2020
14th Annual Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Workshop:
A Course on Translating Research into Novel Drug Targets

Organizer: Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
Date: April 26-28, 2020
Location: Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
This interactive workshop is designed as an introductory course covering all aspects of drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Degeneration, and Multiple Sclerosis.
▸ Learn more
▸ 2020 ADDF Young Investigator Travel Scholarships and Awards

Posted: December 4, 2019
MedTech Innovator – RFA
MedTech Innovator, the medtech industry’s global competition and accelerator is looking for outstanding early- to mid-stage medical device, diagnostic, and digital health companies who are transforming healthcare. Companies selected for the program will receive $500,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes and a complimentary full-access registration and a presentation slot at two premier conferences: the WSGR Medical Device Conference in San Francisco and The MedTech Conference powered by AdvaMed in Toronto.
▸ Learn more

Posted: December 3, 2019
The Spinoff Prize
The Spinoff Prize has been established by Nature Research in partnership with Merck KGaA to showcase and celebrate global excellence in the commercialisation of research through the creation of spinoff companies.
▸ Learn more

Posted: December 3, 2019
AIMS Awards
Support for researchers at universities, hospitals, and other academic research institutions around the world to discover new drugs.
▸ Learn more

Posted: October 4, 2019   I   Updated: January 7, 2020
Keystone Symposium — The Brain Therapeutics: Disruptive Technologies and Opportunities
Date: February 16—19, 2020
Location: Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Speakers include Jim Audia, former CBC Executive Director, who will present: “Drug Discovery in the Academic and Not-For-Profit Community”
▸ Learn more

Posted: August 19, 2019
Job Opportunity: ClostraBio is seeking talented people!

ClostraBio is looking for a Scientific Operations Manager to drive the ongoing development of ClostraBio’s microbiome-modulating technologies.
▸ Learn more

Posted: August 8, 2018
New, Updated and Expanded Services provided by the University of Chicago Genomics Facility

The University of Chicago Genomics Facility has:

Posted: August 1, 2018 (Updated Oct. 5, 2018)
New Opportunities for the CBC Community

Northwestern’s NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology has a few opportunities for researchers in quantitative biology.

▸ More opportunities

Posted: January 31, 2020
Save the date: February 20, 2020
UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science
▸ UICentre Drug Discovery Workshop:
Strategies and Technologies for Early Stage Drug Discovery

Posted: January 31, 2020
Save the date: February 26 & February 27, 2020
UIC Office of Technology Management
▸ How to start your business: Venture Series

Posted: February 10, 2020
Save the date: March 10, 2020
NU Chicago Women in STEM Initiative
▸ Chicago Women in STEM Symposium: 2020

Posted: February 13, 2020
Save the date: March 11, 2020
NU Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP)
▸ CLP Spills the Tea! Navigating your Science Career

Posted: January 10, 2020
Save the date: March 13, 2020
UChicago Neuroscience Institute
▸ Breakthroughs in Marine Biology

Posted: February 13, 2020
Save the date: March 16, 2020
UIC Center for Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology (CBQB)
▸ 1st Annual UIC Center for Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology Research Day

Posted: January 10, 2020
Save the date: April 15, 2020
UIC Cancer Center
▸ Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium 2020:
Hormonal Responsive Cancers

Posted: February 18, 2020
Save the date: April 30, 2020
UChicago Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology
▸ 15th Annual Haselkorn Symposium:
Imaging the molecular world of life

Featuring Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and David B. Arnold Professor of Science at Harvard University

Posted: February 4, 2020
Save the date: May 1, 2020
UChicago Department of Neurology
▸ 2020 Chicago Symposium:
Translational Neuroscience of Autism

Posted: January 10, 2020
Save the date: November 6, 2020
UIC College of Pharmacy
▸ 11th Annual College of Pharmacy Research Day

▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship