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.

Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, behavioral and/or cognitive research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. Transformations hinge on scientific and engineering innovations by interdisciplinary teams that develop novel methods to intuitively and intelligently collect, sense, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices and systems to enable discovery and optimize health. Solutions to these complex biomedical or public health problems demand the formation of interdisciplinary teams that are ready to address these issues, while advancing fundamental science and engineering.

Proposal Deadline: February 16, 2021

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Data for Action Program

The Health Data for Action (HD4A) program aims to reduce the barriers researchers often face in accessing rich data.

The primary purpose of the 2020 HD4A call for proposals is to provide access to data at no cost from one of eight anticipated data providers to successful applicants. Most selected projects will not receive a financial award for personnel or other project-related costs, but limited funding of up to $100,000 per project is available for a small number of projects from principal investigators who have not previously received external research funding.

The program will support innovative research that uses available data to answer important research questions. Applicants under this call will be asked to write a proposal for a research study using data from one of the following anticipated data providers: athenahealth; CareJourney VRDC T-MSIS Research Collaborative; the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC); Geisinger; the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI); HealthShare Exchange (HSX); OCHIN ADVANCE Collaborative; and TransUnion.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2020

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Damon Runyon Research Foundation, Quantitative Biology Fellowship

This award program is designed to encourage quantitative scientists (trained in fields such as mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, or related) to pursue research careers in computational biology under the joint mentorship of leaders in both computational science and cancer biology. The fellowship offers $240,000 over three years for stipend and/or research expenses.

Application deadline: December 1, 2020

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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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Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

This program places undergraduate students from across the nation in a host lab at Mayo Clinic. For 10 weeks, students become fully immersed in the research and culture of a major medical center. Since 2012, five or more SURF fellowships have been exclusively reserved for Illinois students. These SURFs are sponsored through the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance.

Pre-application deadline: November 8, 2020

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Cancer Research Institute Technology Impact Award

This award provides seed funding of up to $200,000 to be used over 12 – 24 months to address the gap between technology development and clinical application of cancer immunotherapies.

Letter of intent deadline: November 15

Proposal deadline: March 15, 2021

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Fit for Life Foundation – Pioneering Project Grants

Every year, the Fit for Life Foundation awards three grants of $100,000 to non-profit organizations or social enterprises that are pioneering projects to promote lifelong fitness and health. If your organization makes an impact on healthy aging for older (65+) or middle-aged (45+) adults, you may be eligible to apply.

Proposal deadline: November 23, 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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