Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health


Science Highlight: March 28, 2013

NIBIB Announces Participation in New NIH-NSF Interagency Program: Smart and Connected Health

NIBIB is calling on engineers, biologists, computer scientists, and information technologists across academia, industry, and non-profit sectors to submit proposals for high-risk, high-reward research that seeks to integrate basic science, clinical practice, and technology to solve critical challenges in health and healthcare.

This is an image of a lap top.  On the screen there are buttons with potential funding areas such as robotics, sensors, rehab engineering, point of care, mobile health, health IT.

Smart and Connected Health is a jointly-funded program between the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health that encourages existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health such as sensor technology, tools for effective sharing and use of electronic health data, network information technologies used by patient care teams, quantitative models that can predict patient behavior, and devices that incorporate sensory inputs and computational intelligence.

The program was created in response to calls from numerous organizations, including the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, for major changes in health and wellbeing as well as healthcare delivery. Its goal is to support fundamental research to enable that change. Realizing that transformation will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that draw from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, engineering, medicine, biology, and computer and information sciences, researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

NIBIB is one of five NIH institutes to participate in the new program. The institute has specific interests in health information technologies, telehealth, mHealth, point-of-care technologies, sensors, rehabilitation engineering, robotics, and next generation predictive models.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

Exploratory Projects: One or more investigators spanning 1 to 3 years may receive NIH support up to $250,000 in total costs per year

Integrative Projects: Multi-disciplinary teams spanning 1 to 4 years may receive NIH support up to $500,000 in total costs per year.

How to Apply

Application submission is through the National Science Foundation. Instructions are provided in the NSF Program Solicitation: NSF-13-543.

NIH Notice Number NOT-OD-13-041: National Science Foundation (NSF) - National Institutes of Health (NIH) Interagency Initiative: Smart and Connected Health

For questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction and relevance to NIBIB contact:

Brenda Korte, Division of Discovery Science and Technology, NIBIB
Phone: (301) 451-4778

Other NIH institutes supporting Smart and Connected Health:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Human Genome Research Institute(NHGRI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD)