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 Chicago and other Chicagoland institutions to accelerate discovery and expand the Chicago based life sciences ecosystem in order to transform life science research into biomedical applications, create inclusive Chicagoland opportunities, and improve the health of humankind.

The CBC gratefully acknowledges support from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

▸ RFA: Accelerator Award

Updated: January 4, 2023
The Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $250,000) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

The Accelerator Award Letter of Intent (LOI) submission portal is now OPEN;
LOI submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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▸ RFA: Oncology Affinity Group Award

Updated: October 20, 2023
The CBC Oncology Affinity Group is an inclusive community of Chicago scientists with an overarching goal to provide a framework for selecting high-risk/high-reward research projects in the Oncology space. The CBC Oncology Affinity Group award can range up to $250,000 total for use over one to two years.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission portal for the CBC Oncology Affinity Group is now CLOSED. LOI submission deadline: TBA.

Check back soon for more information about the fall Affinity Group schedule.

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▸ RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows Award
Updated: May 13, 2023
The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program identifies and supports the professional development of junior life sciences 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 program exposes Fellows to a breadth of real-world experiences across the CBC institutions and connects trainees to the Chicago biomedical community.

The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award application submission portal is now CLOSED. Application submission deadline was: May 12, 2023.
Visit us regularly to see when the next round of application submissions will start!

Meet the CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows HERE!

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▸ CBC Informational Sessions

Updated: October 20, 2023

CBC Awards: Information Sessions

We are excited to announce three Information Sessions highlighting Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) programs, including the Accelerator Award and Oncology Affinity Group

Next Available Dates:

  • December 1, 2023
    10:30 AM @ The University of Chicago, BSLC 115
  • December 7, 2023
    3:30 PM @ Northwestern University (downtown campus), Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium

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News  I  June 6, 2023

▸ Chicago Innovators: A four-person cohort may seed the biotech industry in Chicago

CBC Executive Director Michelle B. Hoffmann speaks with Sasha-Ann Simons on WBEZ’s Reset on how the CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows will help ignite our explosive life sciences ecosystem.

Click on the red “listen” button at the beginning of the article to hear the full podcast!

News I June 1, 2023

▸ The Chicago Biomedical Consortium Names Next Class of CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows

CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows program aims to inspire and coach promising local biomedical talent and support the growing life science industry in Chicagoland.

Please see HERE for the Crain’s Chicago Business coverage!

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