Maximize NIH and DOD Funding

The FreeMind Group is the premier international consulting firm specializing in assisting life science organizations secure non-dilutive funding from US Federal Agencies and Private Foundations


The FreeMind Group turns non-dilutive funding into a strategic source of funding for life science organizations



Established in 1999, FreeMind is the largest consulting group of its kind with over 400 active clients, academics and Industry alike. Our goal is to assist in maximizing potential to receive funding from non-dilutive sources. We have experience in seeking funding from nearly all NIH Institutes, Department of Defense, NSF, FDA, BARDA, etc., as well as private foundations.


FreeMind’s knowledgeable and experienced team of Analysts and Project Managers are dedicated to guiding non-dilutive funding efforts from identification of the most suitable opportunity through to submission and subsequent award. Our expertise in applying for grants and contracts extends throughout every government mechanism as well as private foundations open to funding the life sciences.


FreeMind’s proven long-term strategic approach has garnered its clients over 1.5 billion dollars to date. Awards range from $150,000 to $100,000,000 per project. Our team of experts will assist in making non-dilutive funding a key tool in a long-term sound financial strategy.


Ram May-Ron
Ram May-Ron
Managing Partner
Ayal Ronen, M.Sc., MBA
Ayal Ronen, M.Sc., MBA
Vice President
Guy Har-Chen, M.Sc., MBA
Guy Har-Chen, M.Sc., MBA
Chief Analyst
Joel Knopf, M.Sc., MBA
Joel Knopf, M.Sc., MBA
Manager of Consulting Services
Sigal Katz, Ph.D.
Sigal Katz, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst
Inna Grodzovski, Ph.D.
Inna Grodzovski, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst
Amit Sadeh, Ph.D.
Amit Sadeh, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst
Ariel Shatz
Ariel Shatz
Executive Vice President

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  • FreeMind did unbelievable job- and put in so many hrs today and all throughout the past few weeks. I don’t think we could have done it without such help from FreeMind and all of you!

    Nalini Motwani, Ph.D. - President, BioSavita
  • Many thanks for your excellent support. It was and continues to be our pleasure working with you, and we too look forward to embarking on a new grant project with you again soon.

    Maurits W. Geerlings - Formula Pharmaceuticals
  • Thank you all for your tireless, persistent efforts in pushing this through. We are now well positioned to let the considerable merits of our application shine through. Much appreciated.

    Jonathan Lim - IGNYTA
  • From the Immusoft, Thank you again for your efforts and guidance during the assemblage of our SBIR grant. We have improved our grantsmanship as a result of FMG’s involvement.

    Zach Hall – Immusoft
  • There is no way we would have been able to do it in such a short time without you.
    Thank you for all your help!!!

    Rudy Rodriguez - Advanced Animal Diagnostics
  • After a powerful joint effort as usual, and many careful iterations of edits, this proposal looks top-notch! Thanks to all for your participation in the success of this submission. Thank you Freemind, in particular, your hard work has greatly improved this proposal, you have been a tremendous help, right up to the end.

    Aileen Gibbons - Respira Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Thank you very much. Writing this grant proposal has been very insightful to me, and the Freemind team made it a very smooth process.

    Ed Buurman – Astrazeneca
  • I LOVE working with you guys!! ……..Your true entrepreneurial approach is just what I needed right now…….

    Tim Bertram, Tengion
  • FreeMind has added a lot of value to the proposal, driving us perfectly through the process, the exact role we were expecting

    Luis Ruiz-Avila - Janus Developements
  • We are very satisfied with the role and involvement of FreeMind on our project. All has been submitted on time with a great interaction (and hard work) between our two teams.

    Eric Massou, Poxel
  • Thanks so much for all of your help on this proposal!  I am so grateful that you were available to work with us, and I don’t think we could have done it without you.

    Meghan Norvell, nanoMR
  • You did a fantastic job for Embolx and I continue to recommend FreeMind to entrepreneurs here is Silicon Valley.

    Michael Allen - President and CEO, Embolx

Services at a Glance

Core Services:

  1. STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT  – Identification and strategy as to applicable funding sources
  2. GRANT PRODUCTION PROCESS – Maximizing chances for a award utilizing a proven strategic approach


FreeMind’s professional staff has assisted in attaining funding for R&D activities from all available sources and mechanisms stemming primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as Department of Defense (DoD).


We have helped organizations across the life sciences secure funding from these zero-equity sources. We have worked with many academic institutions, as well as industry members from small start-ups through large pharmaceutical companies.




Large Scale Funding

Multidisciplinary grants and contracts available for pre-clinical as well as clinical stage research with budgets of $10 million – $150 million per project


Small Business Research and Development grants can be budgeted $150,000 for SBIR/STTR Phase I awards and up to $2 million  for SBIR/STTR Phase II awards.

Targeted Solicitations

UO1s, BAAs, RFPs implemented science and developmental awards with budgets of $3 million – $7 million per project

R21s, and R01s

Basic research, preclinical, and unsolicited grants focusing on early as well as late-stage preclinical research and can be budgeted $1 million – $3 million per project


The Process


Strategic Assessment

This step is designed to provide a robust, long-term, multi-submission strategy for each pipeline project. FreeMind is well versed in the interests, goals and agendas of each NIH Institute. We review the suitability of a proposed project, taking into consideration the significance to public health, innovative factor, strength of research approach, and specific concerns regarding the nature of the project


Macro Application Strategy

First, we outline the specific aims and scope of work. Next, the size of the budget is set, and collaborators, subcontractors, and consultants needed for a complete and rounded project are delineated. We devise a timeline and an orderly division of responsibilities in order to facilitate a timely and thorough completion of tasks

Grant production process

Project managers draft comprehensive templates. From this point, the writing effort is combined and is largely based on on-going feedback, comments and edits inserted by the project managers and in response to portions implemented by the client. The iterative review concludes when a well structured scientifically sound application with all items accounted for materializes.

Submission and follow up

After extensive editing and formatting, the application is ready for submission. Post-submission, project managers track the application and when applicable assists in the award negotiation phase. FreeMind closely follows all deadlines for supplementary data, study section reviews, and final decision by the granting agency

FreeMind’s knowledgeable and experienced team of Analysts and Project Managers are dedicated to guiding non-dilutive funding efforts from identification of the most suitable opportunity through to submission and subsequent award



Non Dilutive Funding – Non di-lu’-tive Fund-ing

1. funding – financial resources provided to make some project possible; “the National Institute of Health (NIH) provided support for the experiment”

2. non-dilutive funding – the act of financing R&D activity not traded for public securities and/or shares of a commercial entity; “The FreeMind Group assisted in securing non-dilutive funding from the Department of Defense for a Phase II clinical trial”

FreeMind Summer School

Weekly Online Educational Webinars - July 1st - August 19th, 2015

Participation is FREE of Charge, Registration is Required



July 1, 2015

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SBIR/STTR Funding; Driving Innovation through Non-Dilutive Sources

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SBIR/STTR awards account for over $780,000,000 awarded per year by NIH alone. These are excellent sources of funding aimed at promoting R&D activities of small businesses as well as collaborations with Academics.

SBIR/STTRs differ from traditional NIH mechanisms in that they are highly product driven and ultimately are seeking commercialization of novel therapies, diagnostics, devices, etc.

In this webinar we will discuss process for applying, guidelines, key success components and insight into increasing chances for award.

July 8, 2015

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Funding beyond the SBIR/STTR; RO1s and R21s for Companies

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Every year NIH alone awards over $120,000,000 via R’-Mechanisms, among them the RO1 or R21. In order to maximize your funding potential all sources of funding must be considered including the less traditional sources.

R21s aim to fund very early stage proof of concept type programs of up to 2 years at about $300,000, whereas RO1s are more suitable for longer programs of up to 5 years, totaling some $3,000,000.

In this webinar FreeMind experts will share insight into alternatives to the classic SBIR/STTR mechanisms. We will discuss methodology for establishing both responsiveness as well as competitiveness and how to increase chances for award.

July 15, 2015

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Biodefense and Infectious Diseases Non-dilutive Funding

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The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) awards close to $6,000,000,000 annually. Taking into account activities by DTRA, DARPA, US Army, BARDA etc. this is a funding force no one in the field can afford to ignore.

Listen to FreeMind experts share insights into these tremendous sources of funding and get tips on how to maximize potential to receive an award.

July 22, 2015

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Non-Dilutive funding for Non-US applicants

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Non-US applicants are eligible for the majority of the non-dilutive pockets of money including NIH, Department of Defense, BARDA etc. Currently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are actively funding over 1000 projects in the excess of $1.3B, taking place outside the US and awarded to non-US applicant organizations. And, when taking into account collaborations and partnerships between domestic and foreign entities, the funded R&D dollars outside the US even exceed the above.

In this presentation we will provide insight into the non-dilutive funding landscape with an emphasis on the NIH, Department of Defense and other government agencies. FreeMind experts will describe the various pockets of money available for non-US applicants, potential for funding, and means to maximize chances for award.

July 29, 2015

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U-Mechanism; Cooperative Agreements

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The U-Mechanism is a support mechanism used when there will be substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involvement by granting agency. Substantial involvement means that, after award, scientific or program staff will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate in project activities.

We are seeing many programs utilizing this type of mechanism, with substantial awards being made to industry as well.

In this webinar we will discuss process for applying, guidelines, key success components, and insight into increasing chances for award when pursuing U-based opportunities

August 5, 2015

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Medical Device Non-Dilutive Funding: Trends & Opportunities

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In a world in which both medical diagnostics and therapies are shifting towards minimally invasive technologies, it is not surprising that steadily increasing non-dilutive funding is available for innovative medical device companies.

The scope of funding support covers the entire R&D cycle, from early stage exploratory and discovery work all the way to late stage clinical research and validation.

In the webinar in the series of summer educational webinars FreeMind experts will discuss the latest trends at the NIH and the new available funding opportunities with respect to medical devices.

August 12, 2015

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CNS/PNS Related Non-Dilutive Funding Opportunities

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Within the non-dilutive funding space one can find pockets of money in the billions of dollars directed at unmet medical needs related to CNS/PNS ailments. The scope of funding support covers much of the R&D cycle from proof of concept to late stage clinical.

In the webinar in the series of summer educational webinars FreeMind experts will discuss key CNS/PNS related funding opportunities, with an emphasis on NINDS, NIA, and NIMH.

August 19, 2015

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Cancer Non-dilutive Funding

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NIH alone awards roughly $6B annually to Cancer related R&D grants and contracts. The scope of funding support covers much of the R&D cycle with an emphasis on pre-clinical work, and may cover clinical stage activities as well.

In the upcoming webinar in the series of summer educational webinars FreeMind experts will discuss key cancer related opportunities, mainly within the National Cancer Institute (NCI), that are available for Life Science organizations.

The webinars are designed for first timers as well as seasoned grantees. FreeMind experts will share their insight into various areas of interest as they relate to non-dilutive sources of funding and how to maximize chances for award.

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All Webinars are recorded and posted on the FreeMind Group Educational YouTube Channel


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Non-Dilutive Funding Summit

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Nikko Hotel - 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA



January 13, 2016

Summit Overview

Join life science industry leaders in a full day of non-dilutive funding activities at the 11th Annual Non-dilutive Funding Summit, taking place on Wednesday January 13th, 2016 in San Francisco.

This year the summit is proud to host Colonel Russell E. Coleman, Ph.D., Joint Project Manager, Medical Countermeasure Systems Assistant Corps Chief (Medical Service Corps) for Preventive Medicine Entomology. Colonel Coleman will discuss “The Dilemma in the Development of Medical Countermeasures against Chemical and Biological Weapons: An unpredictable threat and products we hope will never be used.”

Attend presentations and panel discussions featuring representatives from NIAID, NIBIB, National MS Society, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Also presenting is Ram May-Ron, Managing Partner, FreeMind Group who will provide FreeMind’s annual outlook at the non-dilutive funding landscape; trends and opportunities.

See full agenda for details on all the activities during the day.

Who Should Attend

Jet setting Life Science Executives looking to maximize their R&D funding potential through zero-equity sources.


Participation is FREE of charge, registration is required


08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast and Networking

08:00 - 08:30

Pre-Conference Workshop - How to Build a Non-Dilutive Funding Strategy


Dr Inna Grodzovski, Ph.D

Senior Analyst, FreeMind Group

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In the pre-conference workshop FreeMind experts will describe how to plan and execute on a winning multi-submission granting strategy. We will discuss how to outline the significance and innovative aspects, construct specific aims, define quantitative milestones, and comprise a high-level work plan as it relates to NIH specific guidelines, be it budgetary limitations or allowed scope of work.


09:00 - 9:30

FreeMind Group Presentation

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Ram May-Ron, Managing Partner, FreeMind Group


09:30 - 9:45

R&DMoneyView Unveiling

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The R&DMoneyView is an online tool that enables easy access to pertinent information allowing life science executives make informed decisions on how to approach the largest pocket of funding in the world.

The data displayed is carefully collected and analyzed from open Federal data bases by experts from the research arm of the FreeMind Group. All data pertains to domestic life science for-profit organizations.


Ayal Ronen, Vice President, FreeMind Group


09:45 - 10:30

Keynote Address - The Dilemma in the Development of Medical Countermeasures against Chemical and Biological Weapons: An unpredictable threat and products we hope will never be used

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The Office of Translational Research (OTR) at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health, facilitates the preclinical discovery and development of new therapeutic interventions for neurological disorders. The OTR offers five programs that support the design, implementation, and management of research activities to critical translational challenges in neurology. The programs include: 1) the Anticonvulsant Screening Program (ASP), 2) Blueprint Network (BPN), 3) The Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats Program (CA), 4) Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises (CREATE), and 5) The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). The OTR provides funding (approximately $100 million annually) in grants and resources to industry and university researchers to advance early-stage neurological technologies, devices, and therapeutic programs to industry adoption (i.e., investor funding and corporate partnerships). Significant emphasis is placed on engaging other stakeholders, such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, venture capital, and patient advocacy organizations to ensure that projects are adequately de-risked to accelerate downstream investments and to develop much-needed therapies for people suffering from neurological disorders. The keynote talk will provide overiews on these programs and how they can link to successful development outcomes. This will be an excellent opportunity to better understand how to successfully navigate the application process and learn about organizations that have advanced projects using NINDS support. We will also provide information on our funded programs and work with potential interested parties to make the appropriate introductions to our funded investigators.


Russell E. Coleman, Ph.D. COL, MS – Joint Project Manager, Medical Countermeasure Systems Assistant Corps Chief (Medical Service Corps) for Preventive Medicine Entomology Consultant to The Surgeon General


A proven executive with over 25 years leadership experience within the U.S. military. COL Coleman currently serves as the Commander/CEO of the Department of Defense’s advanced development program responsible for developing medical countermeasures to protect our military forces from Chemical and Biological threats, while in his previous assignment he served as Commander/CEO of the Army organization developing and fielding medical countermeasures against all threats.


10:30- 11:15

NIAID Presentation - Infectious Disease Product Enabling Opportunities with NIAID

Presenter: Dr Mike Kurilla – Director, Office of BioDefense, Research Resources, and Translational Research Associate Director for BioDefense Product Development, DMID, NIAID, NIH, DHHS

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11:30- 12:00

Round Tables - Meet with Colonel Russell Coleman and Dr Michael Kurilla and discuss Non-Dilutive Sources of Funding relevant to you

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Following the presentations by Colonel Russell Coleman, US Army, and Dr Michael Kurilla from NIAID, we will breakout into round table discussions where you can discuss in a more relaxed environment specific funding opportunities and gauge the level of interest.

12:00 - 12:45


12:45- 1:00

CureDuchenne Presentation - The Critical Role of Venture Philanthropy in Developing DMD Therapeutics

Presenter: Jak Knowles, MD – Managing Director, Vice President Medical and Scientific Affairs


1:00- 1:30

Life Science Nation - Early Stage Funding Best Practices

Presenter: Dennis Ford – Founder and CEO, Life Science Nation


Dennis Ford is an entrepreneur and author with expertise in sales, marketing, and business development. He has spent most of his career launching new companies. Over the last decade, he has worked extensively with global alternative investors interested in high-growth early-stage technologies. His expertise encompasses using database subscription services to create business solutions and using the Internet to create an interactive dialog between buyers and sellers. He is a big proponent of using profiling and matching technology to find that all-important business fit in the marketing and selling process. Before LSN, Dennis was the President and CEO of Brighton House Associates (BHA). BHA was launched in order to improve the way hedge fund and private equity fund managers raised capital and marketed their funds to investors.

Ford is the author of The Peddler’s Prerogative and The Fund Manager’s Marketing Manifesto, two well-received sales and marketing books. His latest book is The Life Science Executive’s Fundraising Manifesto. Ford teaches Entrepreneurship Sales & Marketing to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


1:30- 2:00

National MS Society Presentation - Fast Forward - Accelerating Translational R&D for Multiple Sclerosis

Presenter: Dr Mark Allegretta, Associate VP, Commercial Research, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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Mark Alegretta
MS Society

2:00- 2:30

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Presentation - How Venture Philanthropy De-Risks Research in Parkinson’s Disease

Presenter: Evelia Johnston – Research Partnerships Officer at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

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Coming Soon!

Evelia Johnston

2:30- 3:00

NIBIB Presentation - Funding Opportunities for Medical Device Development

Presenter: Todd Merchak, Biomedical Engineer in the Extramural Science Program at the NIBIB

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Coming Soon!

Merchak, Todd

3:00- 4:30

Non-Dilutive Funding Mega-Panel

Ayal Ronen, FreeMind Group

Colonel Russell E. Coleman – DOD
Dr Mike Kurilla – NIAID
Dr Mark Allegretta – MS Society
Evelia Johnston – MJFF
Natalie Wisniewski – Profusa, Inc.
Todd Merchak – NIBIB

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The Non-Dilutive Funding Summit will culminate with this exciting panel bringing together representatives from the presenting funding agencies to discuss strategy, policy and overall best practices and expectations for Industry.


Meeting Adjourns

Attendee Breakdown

C' Level 67%
V' Level 21%
Academics 7%
Service Providers 5%

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