Research Development Grant Program

Research grants are made to encourage regional collaborations and stimulate submission of major multidisciplinary life sciences proposals from regional researchers to government and/or private funding agencies. 

The grants help generate the critical preliminary data needed to develop competitive proposals. Awards are up to $50,000 for one year and are intended to leverage institutional strengths and investigators collective expertise.  Submitted proposals undergo rigorous scientific peer review modeled after that used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Completed reviews from submitted proposals are provided to investigators, regardless of whether they are selected for funding, which they use to refine future grant proposals.

Return From Grants

From 2002 to 2018, BioNexus KC has managed 108 grants totaling $5 million. On average, for every $1 invested in grants, $11.70 has been returned to the region from follow-on funding from federal sources.

108 Grants Awarded

From 2002 to 2018

$5.6 Million Funded

Total amount from 2002 to 2018.

$11.10 returned

For every $1 invested, $11.10 has been returned to the region from follow-on funding.

Meet the recipients of these grants:


Active Programs

Blue KC Outcomes Research Grants

Transforming KC Health grants support applied research projects evaluating the impact of increased access to healthy foods and its effects on community health and outcomes. Projects implementing programs and/or interventions addressing health disparities in food insecure populations are also eligible. 

Patton Trust Research Development Grants

This funding mechanism specifically focuses on the genetic basis of diseases that predominately affect children and do not require inter-institutional collaborations. 

Nexus of Animal and Human Health Research Grants

Nexus opportunities represent a broad range of biomedical research activities, ranging from using naturally occurring diseases in animals as a model for assessing human drug efficacy to repurposing human drugs for use in animal disease.

Customized Research Grant Program

BioNexus KC has 17 years of experience soliciting, funding, and administering scientific research projects via the Research Development Grant program. Other organizations frequently find themselves in a position of funding scientific research without sufficient infrastructure and/or expertise to determine the highest quality, most impactful projects. BioNexus KC can share our infrastructure and access to expertise to partner with a funding organization to administer a customized grant program.

  • Funder determines size/duration of grants and target disease or research focus area
  • BioNexus KC negotiates the fee to administer the grant program
  • Although BioNexus KC facilitates the scientific review process, funder makes final decisions
  • BioNexus KC monitors and reports project progress and budget to funder
  • Coordinated news releases announce funding awards for each grant cycle
  • BioNexus KC would work with partners to define the specific focus of grants

to Partnering Organization and the regional life sciences

  • Partnering organization and their customized grant program prominently featured at our annual dinner attended by over 500 regional leaders.
  • Funder sponsors research in an important area of health care need.
  • Annual joint news release to announce grant recipients.
  • Seed grants have been identified as adding significant value to BioNexus KC stakeholders.
  • Research results lead to additional grant applications and future funding in the region.

Please contact Keith Gary if you would like additional information.