Request for Proposals Spring 2021

The Future of Health Care Post-COVID: Vaccination, Modeling, Prediction, Health Care Delivery, and Tele-Health

View recording of the RFP Information Session held on 2/2/2021:


The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) endowment offers this Request for Proposals to faculty of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, health care providers of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and/or OSF HealthCare clinicians.


The goal of this priority RFP is to address the unprecedented challenges faced by our community and society as we develop policies and procedures for mass vaccination, health care delivery through new mediums including tele-health platforms, and to improve health care quality and patient safety through the combined efforts of researchers, engineers, clinicians, and social and behavioral scientists. The award is for one year of startup/seed money support up to $75,000. Short-duration proposals (up to six months, with rapid results) will be given highest priority and will receive funding up to $35,000. Phase II proposals will not be accepted during this cycle. Proposals which identify future or matching funding from federal, state, county, or other governmental or non-governmental relief organizations will be regarded most favorably.

To achieve this goal and promote collaboration between institutions, OSF HealthCare in Peoria and the Health Care Engineering Systems Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign encourage applicants to inquire if their ideas require facilities or technologies that they cannot access at their home institution. Examples of such facilities and technologies may include simulation areas, robotics technology, 3D printing, or other prototyping and manufacturing needs. View these facilities on the HCESC website, Jump Simulation Center Urbana website, and Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center Peoria website.

Focus Areas

A special and timely focus for this RFP is proposals addressing digital health, data science, health equities, community health, AI, and related areas in the development of technologies to promote recovery post-COVID-19, and/or similar health crises. Specific attention will be given to proposals that address COVID-19 vaccination in multiple capacities, such as:

  • Policies for prioritization of vaccine delivery
  • Supply chain modeling and simulation
  • Delivery of vaccines to remote areas
  • AI and data modeling for identifying appropriate vaccine prioritization strategies
  • Design of vaccination units on wheels
  • Overcoming social and behavioral challenges of vaccination acceptance
  • Addressing general vaccination challenges for children
  • Defining institutional and governmental roles in developing and deploying vaccines
  • Social and technology solutions to mitigate effects of isolation, quarantine, and recovery during or post-COVID-19

Jump ARCHES has over 70 projects at a total of $4.75 million since 2014. View all funded projects here.

Eligibility Information

The Primary Investigator may be from any discipline. Proposals are REQUIRED to include one investigator from the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and one investigator from either the health care providers of OSF HealthCare or the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Faculty.

Submitting Your Application

Applications can be submitted beginning Monday, February 1. Submit your application as a PDF document, following the ARCHES application instructions. Submit your applications via email to and

Applications Open Monday, February 1, 2021.

The deadline is Friday, February 19, at 5:00 p.m.

For the preparation of a responsive application, please contact Antonios Michalos, M.D., M.S., Associate Director (217) 244-4563

For questions on the submission of the application, please contact Seth Stutzman, SS, BS, BS, ARCHES Program Coordinator (309) 308-9409

Sensors, Mobile Health, Social and Behavioral Health, Population Health, Industrial Design, Human Factors, Ergonomics, Applied Health Sciences, Advance Care, COVID-19, Autism, Machine Learning, Data Science, AR/VR, AI, Simulation, Neurological Sciences