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Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge
2013 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge
2013 DEBUT Winners Announced!
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Distinguished Achievement and NIBIB Lecture/DEBUT Awards Ceremony
Friday, September 27, 2013
10:30am – 12:00pm
Biomedical Engineering Society Conference
Washington State Convention Center, 6E
The NIBIB is challenging teams of undergraduate students to compete under:
- Diagnostic Devices/Methods
- Therapeutic Devices/Methods
- Technology to Aid Underserved Populations and Individuals with Disabilities categories of a biomedical engineering student design competition.
Winning team in each category will receive a $10,000 prize and be honored at an award ceremony during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Seattle, WA.
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The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) DEBUT Challenge is open to teams of undergraduate students working on projects that develop innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems. NIBIB’s mission is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The goals of the challenge are 1) to provide undergraduate students valuable experiences such as working in teams, identifying unmet clinical needs, and designing, building and debugging solutions for such open-ended problems; 2) to generate novel, innovative tools to improve healthcare, consistent with NIBIB’s purpose to support research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with respect to biomedical imaging and engineering and associated technologies and modalities with biomedical applications; and 3) to highlight and acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of undergraduate students.
Dates: Submission Period: January 28, 2013 to June 6, 2013, 11:59 PM EST.
Judging Period: June 10, 2013 to July 25, 2013
Winners announced: August 12, 2013
Award ceremony: September 27, 2013, Biomedical Engineering Society Conference.
For further information, contact Dr. Zeynep Erim at (301) 451-4797 or Zeynep.Erim@nih.gov.
Challenge Categories: The NIBIB DEBUT Challenge solicits entries that develop innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems under one of the following categories:
- Diagnostic Devices/Methods
- Therapeutic Devices/Methods
- Technology to Aid Underserved Populations and Individuals with Disabilities.
Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition:
- To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, each individual on the Student Team must:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
- Be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time in an undergraduate curriculum during the academic year 2012-2013;
- Have his/her own active Challenge.gov account that he/she has created at www.challenge.gov
- Form or join a “Student Team” with at least two other individuals who satisfy the above three criteria for the purpose of developing an entry for submission to this challenge. While it is expected that most of the individuals participating in the competition may be students from biomedical engineering departments, interdisciplinary teams including students from other fields are welcome and encouraged;
- Acknowledge understanding and acceptance of the DEBUT challenge rules by signing the NIBIB DEBUT Challenge Certification Form. Each entry must include one NIBIB DEBUT Challenge Certification Form, completed with dates and the printed names and signatures of each individual member of the Student Team. Entries that do not provide a complete Certification Form will be disqualified from the challenge;
- Comply with all the requirements under this section;
- Not be a Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment. Federal employees seeking to participate in this challenge outside the scope of their employment should consult their ethics official prior to developing a submission.
- By participating in this challenge, each individual agrees to abide by all rules of this challenge and the Challenge.gov Terms of Participation.
- Each entry into this challenge must have been conceived, designed, and implemented by the Student Team. Student Teams participating in capstone design projects are especially encouraged to enter the challenge.
- Each Student Team may submit only one entry into this challenge through one member of the Student Team appointed as “Corresponding Student” by that Student Team. The Corresponding Student will carry out all correspondence regarding the Student Team’s entry.
- The Corresponding Student will submit a Student Team’s entry on behalf of the Student Team by following the links and instructions and certify that the entry meets all the challenge rules.
- Each entry into this challenge must describe an original biomedical engineering project that falls into one of the following 3 categories:
- Diagnostic Devices/Methods e.g., Sensors, imaging devices, imaging agents, telehealth, clinical laboratory diagnostics
- Therapeutic Devices/Methods e.g., Implants, biomaterials, surgical tools, tissue engineering, drug and gene delivery
- Technology to Aid Underserved Populations and Individuals with Disabilities e.g., Point-of-care technologies, devices/methods to address health disparities, m-health, aids for individuals with disabilities.
- Each entry must comply with Section 508 standards that require federal agencies’ electronic and information technology be accessible to people with disabilities.
- Each individual on the Student Team must be 13 years of age or older. Individuals who are younger than 18 must have their parent or legal guardian complete the Parental Consent Form.
- Each entry must be submitted as a single pdf file and must include the following:
- Cover letter, on department letterhead, from a faculty member from the Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering or similar department of the institution in which the Student Team members are enrolled, verifying that the entry was achieved by the named Student Team that is enrolled full-time in an undergraduate curriculum during the academic year 2012-2013, and describing clearly any contribution from the advisor or any other individual outside the Student Team
- The NIBIB DEBUT Challenge Certification Form completed with dates and the printed names and signatures of each individual member of the Student Team;
- Completed Cover Page listing project title, team member information and challenge category the entry is submitted under.
- Project Description (not to exceed 6 pages using Arial font and a font size of at least 11 points) that includes the following 4 sections:
- Description of clinical need or problem, including background and current methods available
- Design, including a discussion of the innovative aspects
- Evidence of a working prototype (results/graphics obtained with the designed solution)
- A completed Parental Consent Form for each individual on the Student Team who is under the age of 18.
- NIBIB will claim no rights to intellectual property. Individuals on the Student Team will retain intellectual property ownership as applicable arising from their entry. By participating in this challenge, such individuals grant to NIBIB an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free, nonexclusive worldwide license to post, link to, share, and display publicly the entry on the Web, newsletters or pamphlets, and other information products. It is the responsibility of the individuals on the Student Team to obtain any rights necessary to use, disclose, or reproduce any intellectual property owned by third parties and incorporated in the entry for all anticipated uses of the entry.
- All entries must be submitted by the challenge deadline, June 6, 2013, 11:59 PM EST.
- Entries must not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party.
- By participating in this challenge, each individual agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in this prize challenge, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.
- Based on the subject matter of the challenge, the type of work that it will possibly require, as well as an analysis of the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss potentially resulting from challenge participation, individuals are not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in this challenge.
- By participating in this challenge, each individual agrees to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to challenge activities.
- An individual shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during this challenge if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals participating in the challenge on an equitable basis.
One winning Student Team will be selected for each of the three challenge categories. The winning Student Team in each category will be awarded a $10,000 prize, to be distributed among the members of the Student Team. The prize will be distributed equally among the Student Team. Each member of the winning Student Teams must provide his/her bank information to enable electronic transfer of funds. Two honorable mentions will also be awarded in each challenge category, without any accompanying monetary prize or travel reimbursement.
Winning Student Teams will be honored at the NIBIB DEBUT Award Ceremony during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) in Seattle, Washington in September 2013. View updated information on the BMES annual meeting. Each winning Student Team will receive, in addition to the prize, up to $2,000 toward the travel and registration costs for the members of the Student Team to attend the award ceremony. Travel must comply with National Institutes of Health policy and applicable laws and regulations, for example:
- Air travel must be by coach class, unless an alternative is medically necessary and documented.
- If you choose to drive to the meeting instead of taking a common carrier (airplane, train or bus), you may be reimbursed at 51 cents per mile, not to exceed the cost of common carrier.
- Limousine/taxi reimbursements are provided to and from airports as well as to and from meetings. Receipts are required whenever a fare exceeds $75 per trip.
- Per diem rates include lodging, and meals and incidental expenses (M&IE). Reimbursement for these varies by city. View the current allowable room rate and the M&IE for the award ceremony location.
Basis upon Which Winner Will Be Selected:
The winning entry in each category of the challenge will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Significance of the problem addressedmdash; Does the entry address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in clinical care or research?
- Impact on potential users and clinical caremdash;How likely is it that the entry will exert a sustained, powerful influence on the problem and medical field addressed?
- Innovative design (creativity and originality of concept)mdash;Does the entry utilize novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, or instrumentation?
- Working prototype that implements the design concept and produces targeted resultsmdash;Has evidence been provided (in the form of results, graphs, photographs, films, etc.) that a working prototype has been achieved?
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