FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Permanent, full-time faculty in the professorial ranks (assistant, associate, full or research).

What is a typical budget?

  • Grant budgets will be dependent on the need of the specific project for a one-year period, and may be eligible for renewal. Typical awards for Exploratory projects go up to $75,000, and awards for Regular projects can range from $50,000 to $1,000,000 or more, with a typical award being $300-500,000 over multiple years.

What are the application criteria?

  • The research must relate directly to applications in focused interest areas.
  • Proposals must contain a commercialization plan.

What are some examples of outcomes of the projects proposed?

  • Examples of desirable outcomes include inventions, patents, commercial partnerships, start-up companies, and follow-on funding targeted toward these same outcomes.

Does commercialization have to take place in China?

  • No. BICI actively encourages investment partners — from any country — and incorporation, manufacturing, and commercialization location decisions are guided by PI, start-up management, and investor preference, and product-market fit.
  • BICI’s vision is “Beijing Coordination, Global Development, and Global Commercialization.”

Is this a Chinese government program? 

  • No. As a non-governmental organization, BICI independently manages funds it receives for research support and commercialization. Like many U.S. nonprofits, BICI receives support from both private and public sources, with public support akin to a grant or subsidy.

What are my responsibilities as an awardee?

  • Provide a broad one-year overview
  • Prepare a detailed project plan
  • Provide project plans with quarterly milestones
  • Regularly track the project
  • Meet the objectives (including budgeted expenses) and deliverables outlined in your application.
  • Semi-annual (Exploratory) or monthly (Regular) project reports (progress, IP, etc.)
  • Participate in Operational Review Meetings with Oversight Committee

What can I expect from the U-M-BICI staff?

  • Intellectual property advice and legal support
  • Business development support
  • Regulatory guidance
  • Follow-on funding guidance

Who is involved with the U-M-BICI Collaboratory?

  • The U-M-BICI Collaboratory is a partnership between U-M and the Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation. See Contact for the U-M campus liaisons and Collaboratory Management Committee.
  • The Collaboratory Oversight Committee is comprised of U-M and BICI leadership that oversee the program.