OSP FO# 11-187

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

PROGRAM: Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (U54)

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this program is to solicit applications for continued support of the NIBIB’s Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN), which comprises individual Centers that work to facilitate the collaborative merging of scientific and engineering advances with user-defined health needs in point-of-care testing.  This opportunity is open to existing POCTRN grantees as well as new applicants.

This program provides funding to accelerate the development of clinically relevant point-of-care technologies, through the following Center functions: assessment of clinical and user needs to inform device design and further define publicly available clinical needs information; evaluation of promising point-of-care prototype devices from the perspective of device performance and potential for clinical impact; completion of clinical testing appropriate for the stage of development of the chosen prototype and the target clinical application, to facilitate translation and commercialization; training and education of relevant stakeholders in the development and utilization of POC technologies, which may include technology developers, industry partners, practitioners and the lay community (as potential users); development of partnerships with industry and other stakeholders to facilitate commercialization; and utilization of Network collaboration as needed to achieve goals and increase the visibility of point-of-care testing.

Each Center will perform the following functions:

  • Assessment of clinical and user needs to inform device design and further define publicly available clinical needs information
  • Evaluation of promising point-of-care prototype devices from the perspective of device performance and potential for clinical impact
  • Completion of clinical testing appropriate for the stage of development of the chosen prototype and the target clinical application, to facilitate translation and commercialization
  • Training and education of relevant stakeholders in the development and utilization of POC technologies, including technology developers, industry partners, practitioners and the lay community (as potential users)
  • Development of partnerships with industry and other stakeholders to facilitate commercialization
  • Utilization of Network collaboration as needed to achieve goals and increase visibility of point-of-care testing

For more information, please consult the program announcement below.

DEADLINES:
Letter of Intent (optional): August 28, 2011
Proposal Due Date: September 28, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program will utilize the Specialized Center—Cooperative Agreements (U54) award mechanism. NIBIB intends to fund up to three awards, with a total budget of up to $5 million, for fiscal year 2012, with the number of awards contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Direct costs are limited to $1.2 million per year. Facilities and administrative costs requested by consortium participants are not included in the direct cost limitation. A project period of up to five years may be requested.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Brenda Korte, Ph.D.
Program Director
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20892-5477 (20817 for FedEx, UPS, and other courier services)
Telephone: (301) 402-1231
Fax: (301) 480-4973
Email: kortebr@mail.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-EB-11-002.html

REMARKS: Complete program guidelines and application material (RFA-EB-11-002 and PHS 398) 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.