Over the last decade, many academic institutions established specialized centers that articulate their expertise in specific fields. These centers have the advantage of highly specialized human and physical resources. By virtue of their specifically defined purpose, they bring together the top experts in the field, working in proximity to each other for mutually beneficial and especially productive research.

In order to cultivate their centers, academic institutions must confirm that centers and their researchers are adopting a strategic approach towards non dilutive funding. That approach must take into account the center mission, resources, challenges and the changing funding atmosphere in order to be able to identify all of the relevant funding opportunities, both solicited and unsolicited and make the most of these opportunities to maximize the level of funding brought to the center and the institute at large.

FreeMind, through its experience working with academic and other large research institutes is particularly poised to work with academic centers as a whole or with any of their constituent laboratories, in order to secure funding for the specialized research that is conducted. We work with the administration to devise a strategic plan that incorporates a global view of the center and its special needs. We then assist with the compilation of all grants and contracts, including center grants, construction contracts and other applications to secure funding for establishing the center’s infrastructure and research capabilities. And as with any other researcher, we work with the center’s scientists on an individual basis to obtain funding for their laboratories