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Biomedical Research Fund

The Fund is now closed as all funds have been awarded.

The Maine Biomedical Research Fund (MBRF) was established by the Maine State Legislature to promote economic development and job growth and support non-profit laboratories in Maine that perform peer reviewed biomedical research. Grants have been awarded to eligible Maine institutions that conduct competitive, scientific biomedical research related to the biology, causes, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of physical and mental diseases or impairments afflicting humans.

For the list of awards, please click here.

The Maine Biomedical Research Board contracts with MTI to administer MBRF awards. The fund awarded approximately $42.5 million dollars between 2001 and 2005. The source of these funds were State General Funds and several State bond issues approved by Maine voters. The Maine Biomedical Research Fund has awarded all available funds.


The economic impact of these awards are measured annually as part of the State's Comprehensive Research and Development Evaluation (

Featured Success Story

The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) in Bar Harbor was awarded just over $5 million in awards from the Maine Biomedical Research Program (MBRP), which was administered by the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) for the Maine Biomedical Research Board.

The program promotes economic development by expanding biomedical research activities statewide, while improving disease treatment and prevention options for Maine citizens. It also supports biomedical research organizations successful in attracting federal research grants and provides incentives for small, eligible institutions to grow...