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2019 Call for Proposals

SPARK program offers grants for the development of novel therapeutics (small molecule or biologic) and diagnostics for unmet medical needs. Projects receive funding for up to two years and mentorship from experts in all areas of drug development.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Scope of unmet clinical need
  • Novelty of approach
  • Feasibility (budget and time)
  • Quality and data
  • Team suitability
  • Marketability/probability of commercialization
  • Deadline:

    All proposals must be submitted online by August 8, 2019, in English. Proposals submitted later than this deadline will not be reviewed.

  • Amount and Period of Funding:

    Admitted projects receive milestone-based funds to support and de-risk each project, up to 100,000$ per project/year, max. two years based on the accomplishment of milestones. Awards will be granted for the period from December 1, 2019 through November 31, 2020.

  • Eligibility:

    SPARK accepts product proposals for any clinical indication from TAU researchers. This includes researches, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to apply and are required to include a PI eligible faculty member as Co-PI on the application.

    Priority will be given to teams that include both researchers (TAU) and physicians (affiliated hospitals). 

    Research projects funded by the Israel Innovation Authority can apply for the mentoring program but are not eligible for funding.

  • Review Process:

    Proposals received online will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of Tel-Aviv faculty and industry experts. Based on the compiled rankings, finalists will be invited to present an oral pitch to the review panel. This session will take place in November 2019 (TBD).

    To apply for a SPARK Grant, please complete and submit online application below.

    If you have any questions, please contact  SPARK Program Manager: Dr. Inbal Hazan-Halevy | hinbal@post.tau.ac.il

* The 2019 Grant application cycle is now closed.

Many thanks to those who took the time and effort to submit a proposal! Our next submission cycle will be updated here.