Funding

While the Health Care Engineering Systems Center exists to foster collaboration between engineers and physicians primarily through the endowment Jump ARCHES, a partnership between OSF HealthCare and HCESC, there are many organizations nationwide that offer funding in hope of achieving the same goal. See below for funding opportunities in healthcare engineering from agencies and organizations outside of the University of Illinois and Jump ARCHES.


Emergency Awards: Automatic Detection and Tracing of SARS-CoV-2 (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is issuing this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS),for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency FOA from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides an expedited funding mechanism as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Radical (RADx-rad) initiative.

This RFA will support the early stage development of an innovative platform that integrates biosensing with touchscreen or other digital devices to achieve detection and tracing of SARS-CoV-2 in real-time. Projects are expected to demonstrate proof-of-concept of SARS-CoV-2 detection with high sensitivity and specificity, sensor functionality, and automatic detection by touchscreen or other digital devices. To achieve the goal of this FOA, the proposed project needs to be milestone driven and carried out by a multidisciplinary team with complementary expertise.

The funding for this initiative is provided from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, 2020.

Deadline: August 21 for Letter of Intent, September 15 Application Deadline

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Emergency Awards: RADx-RAD Multimodal COVID-19 Surveillance Methods for High Risk Clustered Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

NIH is issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, HHS, for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency FOA provides an expedited funding mechanism as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Radical (RADx-rad) initiative.

This FOA invites applications to pursue development and validation studies of COVID-19 surveillance methods, not based or focused on direct viral testing of individuals, in settings and institutions, including residential, with a high density of individuals who are together for prolonged periods of time. There are numerous promising technologies which could allow for multimodal surveillance inputs. However, these technologies are often not interoperable, not optimized for integration to increase robustness and not tested for general applicability to public health or for the specific need of high-risk population surveillance. Applications are invited that translate a combination of digital surveillance modalities into platforms that can assist the professional staff of high-risk facilities in making clinically meaningful care recommendations for patients at risk of COVID-19 or other respiratory viruses. Projects proposed may use strategies that incorporate ideas and approaches from multiple disciplines, as appropriate.

The funding for this initiative is provided form the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, 2020.

Deadline: August 30 for Letter of Intent, September 30 Application Deadline

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Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology

This is a competitive funding opportunity open to public or non-profit private institutions, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization; units of local or state government, eligible agencies of the federal government, Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (federally recognized, other than federally recognized, and tribally designated organizations). For-profit organizations may participate in projects as members of a consortium or as a sub-recipient only. Because the purpose of this NOFO is to improve health care in the United States, foreign institutions may participate in projects as members of a consortium or as a sub-recipient only. Applications submitted by for-profit organizations or foreign institutions will not be reviewed. Organizations described in section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities are not eligible.

Proposal deadline: September 30, 2021

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NSF Research Traineeship

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Proposal deadline: September 17, 2020

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2020 ICE Grant Request for Proposals – University of Illinois Extension

The U of I Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center announces this opportunity for UIUC researchers and Extension professionals to apply for Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Extension (ICE) grants in the areas of food, economy, environment, community, and health. Approximately 19 grants with total funding of up to $60,000 per project over two years will be supported.

Proposal deadline: to allow time to identify partners and develop proposals, the ICE RFP will be pre-released June 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted from September 1 – 30, 2020.

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Major Research Instrumentation Program

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

Proposal deadline: October 1, 2020

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Partnerships for Innovation

The PFI program offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit. Award amounts range from $50,000 to $1M+

Pre-proposal deadline: October 8, 2020

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Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released four Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) under the Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa Program (DS-I Africa). 

Although three out of four FOA’s stipulate that only African-based institutions are eligible to serve as the lead institutions, all four of the opportunities under the DS-I Africa Program may appeal to those interested in further developing and/or advancing existing collaborations with African institutions on issues pertaining to health, data science, and technology.  In addition, the NIH has launched a DS-I Virtual Symposium Platform, which may be a useful tool to connect faculty with African researchers and other stakeholders who have expressed interest in working with U.S.-based scientists.

Deadline: varies.

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