Bioelectromagnetic Engineering

This program supports the design, development, and demonstration of bioelectromagnetic technologies for biomedical intervention.


This program focuses on engineering new bioelectromagnetic materials, sensors, actuators, and other parts and modules to interface and communicate with human biology and engineered systems for biomedical intervention. These parts and modules act as biotransducers to convert electromagnetic energy to biological action. Projects should be directed toward overcoming a technological challenge that limits biomedical adoption. This program encourages projects that use a design-build-test approach.

Examples of bioelectromagnetic parts and modules include but are not limited to:

  • electrically conductive scaffolds for modulating tissue
  • low temperature plasma electrodes for biofilm mitigation
  • electrodes for prosthetics
  • injectable electronic meshes for tissue interfaces
  • magnetic nanoparticles for triggering cellular processes
  • implantable coils for tissue stimulation

Additional Emphasis

Furthermore, this program focuses on the development of mathematical and computational methods, the development of screening and processing tools, and the discovery of design principles as key components in the design, build, and test methodology to engineer relevant bioelectromagnetic modules.


The development of integrated systems is supported by the Bionic Systems, Robotic Systems, Synthetic Biological Systems, and Adaptive Biomaterial Systems programs. The development of technologies for magnetic imaging and sensing are supported by the NIBIB Magnetic Resonance Imaging program and NIBIB Bio-Electromagnetic Technologies program, and the development of magnetic resonance probes for imaging is supported by the NIBIB Molecular Probes and Imaging Agents program.