OSP FO# 11-010

AGENCY: Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT)

PROGRAM: FY12 CIMIT Innovation Grants

OBJECTIVES: CIMIT Innovation Grants support early stage, collaborative research projects for improving patient care, with emphasis on devices, procedures, diagnosis, and the delivery of healthcare. CIMIT seeks applications for projects in CIMIT Programs with specific areas of interest in FY12. The programs are:

-    Biodetection & Sepsis Control
-    Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-    Cardiovascular Disease
-    Clinical Systems Innovation
-    Global Health Initiative
-    Image Guided Therapy
-    Inhalation Technology
-    Minimally Invasive Surgery
-    Neurotechnology
-    Optical Diagnostics
-    Simulation
-    Trauma & Casualty Care
-    Traumatic Brain Injury & Neurotrauma
-    Traumatic Stress Disorders

Please consult CIMIT’s Request for Applications (http://cimit.org/images/grants/CIMIT-2012-Innovation-Grants-RFA.pdf) for CIMIT Programs’ Areas of Interest in FY12.

In addition, applications in the following two areas of strategic initiative are highly encouraged:

-    NeuroHealth, including Neurotechnology, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and pain.

-    Integrated Clinical Environments (ICE), including projects that create transformative innovations in the delivery of healthcare within or across care environments through the integration of medical devices, decision-support algorithms, electronic medical records, or patients and care providers. Projects that propose to simulate such integration are also encouraged.

Investigators (especially first-time applicants) are urged to contact their institution’s Site Miner, and the leaders of CIMIT Programs most relevant to the proposal (http://cimit.org/about-programleaders.html). Site Miners can answer questions, and liaise with CIMIT leaders and staff. All can help suggest potential collaborators and advise on developing pre-proposals.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Principal Investigators must hold a faculty appointment at an academic medical center or university in greater Boston.

Pre-proposal (required): January 14, 2011
Full Proposal (by invitation only): March 28, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: All awards will be for a performance period of one year for up to $100,000 total cost ($70,000 direct cost).

Mark Grinstaff, PhD
Site Miner, Boston University Charles River Campus
Telephone: (617) 358-3429
Email: mgrin@bu.edu

George O’Connor, MD
Site Miner, Boston Medical Center and
Boston University Medical Campus
Telephone: (617) 638-4470
Email: goconnor@bu.edu

Web: http://cimit.org/print/grants-scienceawards.html

REMARKS: Proposals will be evaluated in two phases: a solicitation for two-page pre-proposals (due January 14, 2011) and a second phase for full proposals. The pre-proposal document must be no more than two pages: the first page should include a brief description of the project idea; the second page should contain only a table listing the collaborators on the proposed project, including name and academic title, project role, and home institution.

Pre-proposal applications must be submitted through a NEW Web-based Submission System. This system will require a new log-on ID and password: https://cimitconnect.induct.no/welcome.aspx.

Based upon a review and selection of the most promising projects in phase one, invitations will be extended to a limited number of applicants to submit full proposals during phase two (due March 28, 2011). For more information please consult the website listed above.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.