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: June 9, 2020

Announcing a New Funding Opportunity: CBC COVID-19 Response Award

Funding Opportunity Purpose: To support team Program Projects that engage investigators from all three CBC institutions to address SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 biomedical research. The projects must be directed to, but not exclusive to, viral detection, antiviral and vaccine approaches, and cellular responses to viral infection.

Key Dates:

Letter of Intent Due Date: July 1, 2020
Complete Application (Proposal) Due Date: August 1, 2020
Earliest Start Date: September 1, 2020

Funding Amount: at least three awards of $500,000 each
Award Period: Up to two years
Eligibility: Tenure-track / tenured faculty at CBC Institutions: Northwestern, UIC and UChicago
▸ CBC COVID-19 Response Award RFA

Announcement  I  June 17, 2020

The CBC Catalyst and Accelerator Award programs will not be accepting applications for the Fall 2020 rounds as we focus on the COVID-19 Response.

Announcement  I  Updated: June 17, 2020

RFA: CBC Catalyst Award
▸ Not accepting new applications at this time

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.

▸ Catalyst RFA

Announcement  I  Updated: June 17, 2020

RFA: CBC Accelerator Award
▸ Not accepting new applications at this time

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

▸ Accelerator RFA

Announcement  I  Updated: 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.

▸ Entrepreneurial Fellows RFA

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Announcement  I  Updated: March 27, 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 A. 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).


Please note that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the CBC remains committed to holding our annual symposium either as an in-person or a virtual event (TBA). Please visit our website often for the most up-to-date announcements.

Registration and abstract submission portals are now OPEN and available from the symposium webpage (link below). Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020 @ 5:00 PM.

▸ Symposium 2020 Webpage

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NEWS  I  JUNE 11, 2020

▸ Search open for Executive Director

The CBC has opened a search for a new Executive Director. The position is based on the Northwestern University Evanston Campus. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

▸ Download the Position Description (PDF)
▸ Apply

Success story  I  June 23, 2020

▸ Cite us — we’ll “cite” you back!
Featuring twenty-five (!) CBC Award Teams

Forty-one new publications attributed to twenty-five CBC Awards contribute to a total of 2566 publications that are the result of CBC-sponsored research to date. Congratulations, Awardees!

Success story  I  June 4, 2020

▸ Could NAD-supplemented diet attenuate aging?
Featuring CBC Awardee–Joseph Bass, NU

It appears so, at least in mice, according to Joseph Bass, NU, senior author on a recent Molecular Cell publication which was partially supported by a CBC Spark Award. Congratulations!

“In-the-News”  I  May 28, 2020

▸ CBCAN gains “virtual” momentum
Featuring the CBC Accelerator Network (CBCAN)

COVID-19 RESEARCH  I  May 20, 2020

▸ A “quick and easy” COVID-19 test
Featuring CBC Awardees–Michael Jewett & Joshua Leonard, NU

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Posted: March 23, 2020
HHMI Opens New Program for Medically Trained Scientists
HHMI’s Medically Trained Scientists Program (MTS) seeks early career scientists with knowledge of human biology to move discovery science forward. MTS will ultimately invest up to $120 million in up to 40 fellows. MTS fellows are creative and highly committed individuals whose research will impact significant biological problems. Fellows are committed to careers in academic research and will receive long-term support as they transition through mentored postdoctoral training to independent faculty. Application due date August 11, 2020, 3:00 p.m. (ET).
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NOTE: Please be advised that many events are being cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 pandemics. Please refer to the original postings as we do not always have access to the most recent updates.

Posted: June 30, 2020
Save the date: July 14, 2020
Virtual Event
Rosalind Franklin University & SmartHealth Activator
▸ Mining Midwest Biotech Treasures: Part Two
Featuring Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., Venture Partner with OrbiMed.

Posted: June 2, 2020
Save the date: August 14, 2020
Virtual Event
UIC & Chicago Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group
▸ Chicago Mass Spec Day 2020

Posted: June 12, 2020
Save the date: September 10, 2020
Virtual Event
Rosalind Franklin University
▸ HERSTORY Under the Microscope: Celebrating Rosalind Franklin’s 100 Year Legacy
5th Annual Women in Science and Healthcare (WiSH) Symposium

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

▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship