Jump Applied Research in Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (ARCHES) is an endowment partnership between Jump Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare in Peoria, The Grainger College of Engineering at the the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP).
It was established in 2014 by a $62.5 million gift to provide direct access and competitive grants to engineers and physicians working together to combat problems in the realm of health care. In 2019, the partnership was expanded with a new commitment of $50 million. This expansion has fueled a new generation of joint research projects on mobile sensors, Internet of Things applications, data analytics, and deeper understandings of social and behavioral determinants of health.
“We're proud to be at the forefront of developing technology that has a direct, tangible impact on the lives and well-being of people in need.”
— T. Kesh Kesavadas, Founding Director, Health Care Engineering Systems Center
To apply, each proposal must include one investigator from The Grainger College of Engineering, and one investigator from either OSF HealthCare or UICOMP. Calls for proposals are announced twice annually - in the spring and the fall. The program also hosts a summer internship every year at the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, offering undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work with investigators at the University of Illinois on their active grant projects to learn collaborative skills and apply their classroom knowledge to a real-world problem in the field of medicine.