SPARK Bordeaux is a personalized support program for researchers leading an innovation project in health developed by the University of Bordeaux, based on the model established by the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2006. The aims of the program are to enable academic innovation to progress in the translational chain, and to help create a research and training environment focused on innovation.
The program is aimed at students, researchers and clinicians leading an innovative research project with unmet medical needs as its target. Over a 2-years period, it provides support for a project:
The project leaders - "SPARKees" - will be part of the SPARK community, comprising project leaders, coaches, and advisors from academia and industry, and will meet once a month to make projects progress and to detect project leaders training needs. Dedicated training, support from coaches and experts, and funding will help the project to progress and to reach the milestones defined in its development plan.
The funding is up to a maximum of € 50,000 per year for a maximum of 2 years.
Projects are selected by an expert panel of advisors from academia and industry, through an annual call for projects based on 3 general criteria:
SPARK Bordeaux is a member of the SPARK Global network.
SPARK Global is an international consortium of programs that have spread over every continent from Stanford Faculty of Medicine’s SPARK program.
Its objectives are to promote translational research and training by setting up an international network of researchers and experts collaborating by means of an open science approach in order to develop responses to unmet health issues.