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LSDF 2014-2015 Granting Programs Now Open

LSDF is now accepting pre-proposals from Washington for-profit and non-profit organizations for two granting programs. The next pre-proposal submission deadline for both programs is May 13, 2015:

Matching Grants – program and project – require strategic co-investment by external funders. Applicants must speak with LSDF staff to determine if a pre-proposal may be submitted:

  • Program grants support large-scale life sciences commercialization-related initiatives. The maximum award is $1 million in total costs; a 1:3 cash match of LSDF funds is required.
  • Project grants support studies to advance promising health-related technologies along the commercialization pathway. The maximum award is $500,000 in total costs; a 1:1 cash match of LSDF funds is required.

Proof of Concept Grants provide up to $250,000 in total costs to enhance the commercial viability of health-related technologies or concepts developed by non-profit organizations or enhance the competitiveness of early-stage life sciences companies for private equity investment.

The Washington Life Science and Global Health Center, launched in December 2014, will serve as a virtual resource dedicated to aggregating state programs available to help this industry thrive in Washington. Information on this website includes, but is not limited to, tax incentives, workforce training dollars, and capital investments.  There is also information about upcoming state-sponsored events, such as the 17th Annual National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer conference. Comments and edits about the site should be directed to Maura Little ( 

LSDF Presents at Life Sciences Innovation Northwest (LSINW) 2014

LSDF Executive Director John DesRosier's podium presentation from the LSINW "Innovation" track can be found here.

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