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.


Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation – Clinical Quality Measures to Improve Diagnosis

The Moore Foundation’s Diagnostic Excellence Initiative focuses on diagnostic performance improvement to reduce harm from erroneous or delayed diagnoses, reduce costs and redundancy in the diagnostic process, improve health outcomes, and save lives. Up to eight projects will be awarded amounts varying from $250,000 to $500,000 for work done over 18 months.

Deadline: pre-applications due May 10, 2021

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Genentech Research Award Program (GRAP)

The GRAP program will provide research funding for early and mid-career researchers who bring diversity to Biomedical Engineering. These are one-year awards intended to offset racial funding disparity, which will ease the substantive burden on URM faculty and facilitate follow-on funding from NIH or other entities. The maximum cost per award will be ~$50,000 for one year. The projects can be on any Biomedical Engineering topic traditionally funded by NIH. These awards will cover direct costs only, with Universities expected to cover any associated indirect costs.

Deadline: May 1, 2021

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CHAD Pilot Grant Program

The goal of the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability’s Pilot Grant Program is to support innovative, groundbreaking interdisciplinary research aimed at advancing our understanding of health and wellness, aging, disability and the maintenance of a high quality of life.  This annual call is issued in the spring semester and is limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty with in the College of Applied Health Sciences.  Support is limited to $30,000 and 18-month projects.

Deadline: Monday, April 5, 2021

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Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Justice Research Program

Chancellor Jones announced a $2 million annual commitment by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to focus the intellectual and scholarly talent of the university to examine two of the greatest challenges facing society and seek new solutions. One of the research areas addressed in the Call to Action includes disparities in health and health care. Proposals may focus on a single research area or apply an intersectional approach via examining the complex configurations of social determinants and how those social constructs interact to yield outcomes. Three funding tracks are available, up to $100,000, for projects beginning Sept. 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022.

Deadline: pre-proposals due April 26, 2021

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Foundation for Women’s Wellness Research Awards

The Foundation for Women’s Wellness (FWW) is accepting applications for its 2021 FWW Research Awards program, which will award grants of up to $25,000 to small, short-term studies with the potential to improve medical care in leading women’s health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, female cancers, the role of hormones in disease, and stage-of-life health issues such as pregnancy and menopause, as well as diseases disproportionately affecting women. To be eligible, the lead investigator must be an MD and/or PhD with a faculty appointment at an accredited U.S. academic institution or similar nonprofit medical research institution that receives NIH and/or public foundation grants.

Deadline: April 26, 2021

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C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute: AI for Energy and Climate Security

The energy industry is being digitally transformed by investment at all levels of production, generation, transmission, and distribution: sensors, data analytics, new privacy-aware markets, and usage of smart meters in homes are all part of this transformation. However, the transformation of energy to be resilient to large environmental changes, faults (including maintenance errors), and cyber-attacks is still a work in progress. The early lead of energy operators in embracing digital transformation has enabled those systems to use digital transformation not only to enhance energy efficiency but also to lead the way to a lower-carbon, higher-efficiency economy that will enhance both energy and climate security.

Deadline: April 5, 2021

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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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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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