The SPARK | REACH Program at CU Anschutz includes funding, mentorship, education, and advising for promising product proposals, and is open to all faculty on the Anschutz campus. Faculty in other CU campuses are encouraged to participate, however they would need an Anschutz faculty to apply as the lead. The program will provide:

  • Funding: $100,000 grant over two years for novel therapeutics, devices, and diagnostics for unmet medical needs           
  • Mentorship: Teams will have access to expert advisors with experience in biotech, startups, law, commercialization, etc.
  • Education: Bi-weekly educational seminars will be available to all and will include a variety of topics in research, science, and business development.

Since this is a proof of concept program and the major focus is on product development rather than scientific research, it will require active participation and time commitment of faculty admitted. Once you complete the program, the expectations are that you would have proof of concept data for your project and a broad understanding of key components and requirements of commercialization that is taking an idea from lab bench to patient.

The applicant must be an eligible principal investigator. To check for eligibility, click here.

You should consider applying for the SPARK program if you meet any or all of the following criteria:

  • Developing a medical device technology
  • Developing a diagnostic technology
  • Developing a pharmaceutical product

 Unfortunately, the program is not accepting innovators working exclusively on digital health technologies at this time. If you fall into this category, we encourage you to explore the CCTSI NSF iCorps Program.