The MN-REACH mission in nurturing innovation to impact health care revolves around "Coaching to Success".  We recognize that strategy is as critical to clinical success as advanced scientific discovery.

Now in its next phase, MN-REACH provides guidance, concept development, and application support to faculty and helps to secure more funding streams for the University through a comprehensive SBIR/STTR proposal development system designed around the knowledge, experience and connections gained in the NIH pilot program and supported by a diverse and experienced staff with a multitude of skillsets and successful track records in developing all technical and non-technical aspects of the proposals.

MN-REACH support services include:

  • Explain and de-mystify the value and opportunity of SBIR/STTRs
  • Identify & select viable candidate innovations
  • Form research team(s) and determine budgetary needs
  • Draft overall grant research plan
  • Serve as liaison between UMN researchers and funding agency’s program officers (i.e. discuss the concept; identify budget needs and any potential waivers; reporting requirements, etc.)
  • Along with Technology Commercialization, assist with and help guiding creating a spin off
  • company and establishing patent license/option agreement.
  • Help to write and submit grant application(s)
  • Execute grant(s) and manage reporting requirements through project close
  • Connect UMN researchers to applicable people, training, financial and other resources