Bionic Systems

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


This program focuses on engineering bionic systems to sense and actuate in response to human biology for biomedical intervention. Projects should be directed towards overcoming a technological challenge that limits biomedical adoption. This program encourages projects that use a design-build-test approach.

Examples of bionic systems include but are not limited to:

  • artificial organs to replace function
  • implantable devices to deliver therapeutic agents
  • bioelectronic scaffolds for organ control

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 to design, build, and test engineered bionic systems.

Grant Number Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
1-R15-EB026196-01 Characterization of Ventricular Catheter Performance for Improved Treatment of Pediatric Hydrocephalus Stephanie Termaath University of Tennessee Knoxville
5-R01-EB023808-04 SCH: INT: Wearable knee Joint Health Sensing Using Acoustical Emissions Omer Inan Georgia Institute of Technology
1-DP2-EB029757-01 Bringing Light to Functional Mapping in Resective Neurosurgery Shadi Dayeh University of California, San Diego
1-U18-EB029351-01 Development of an MRgFUS system for precision-targeted neuromodulation of pain circuits with simultaneous functional MRI Charles Caskey Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1-U18-EB029353-01 Development of a Wireless Endovascular Nerve Stimulator for Treatment of Refractory Neuropathic Pain Peter Kan Baylor College of Medicine
1-U18-EB029354-01 Treating pain in sickle cell disease by means of focused ultrasound neuromodulation Bin He Carnegie-Mellon University
1-R15-EB028576-01 Laser Sealing and Cutting of Vascular Tissues Nathaniel Fried University of North Carolina Charlotte
5-R01-EB021935-04 SCH: Ubiquitous rehabilitation to improve movement after neurologic injury Katherine Steele University of Washington
1-R13-EB029292-01 2020 Nuroelectronic Interfaces Gordon Research Conference and Gordon Research Seminar Takashi Kozai Gordon Research Conferences
5-R21-EB024957-02 Intraoperative Measurement of Ligament Tension to Guide Knee Arthroplasty Darryl Thelen University of Wisconsin-Madison