OPPORTUNITIES

Biomedical Engineering

ISSUED BY: National Science Foundation

Summary/Description

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program supports projects in the following BME themes:Neural engineering (brain science, computational neuroscience, brain-computer interface, neurotech, cognitive engineering)Cellular biomechanics (motion, deformation, and forces in biological systems; how mechanical forces alter cell growth, differentiation, movement, signal transduction, transport, cell adhesion, cell cytoskeleton dynamics, cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions; genetically engineered stem cell differentiation with long-term impact in tissue repair and regenerative medicine)BME Program requirement: On the last line of the project summary page for unsolicited and CAREER proposals, the PI should write the BME theme(s) given above that he/she is submitting the proposal for. [Please check the list above to determine the BME theme(s) for your proposal.] The mission of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program is toProvide opportunities to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life science principles in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity in the long-term Advance both engineering and life sciences with biomedical engineering projects that are at the interface of engineering and life sciencesIn general, the BME program supports fundamental, transformative, and discovery research applied to biological systems. The BME projects shouldBe fundamental, transformative, and discovery research Develop novel ideas integrating engineering and life science principles in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity in the long-term Focus on high impact transforming methods and technologies and include – Methods, models and tools of understanding and controlling of living systems – Fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems – New approaches to the design of structures and materials for eventual medical use – New novel methods of reducing health care costs through new technologies Emphasize the advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge, possibly leading to the development of new methods and technologies in the long-term Emphasize novel application of existing technologies to advance fundamental knowledge of both engineering and life sciences Highlight multi-disciplinary nature, integrating engineering and the sciences Balance theory, mathematical modeling, and experiment Advance both engineering and medical life sciences at the discovery-levelAdditional information: The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program supports fundamental, transformative, and discovery research applied to biological systems. Integration of engineering expertise with life science medical principles is an essential requirement for advances in this field. Projects submitted to the BME Program must advance both engineering and life sciences, and be at the interface of engineering and life sciences.The projects do not have to be hypothesis-driven.The projects can be computational modeling or can have computational parts.The long-term impact of the projects can be related to disease diagnosis and/or treatment, improved health care delivery, or product development. The BME program does not support clinical studies.As stated earlier, the current program themes are Neural Engineering and Cellular Biomechanics.Proposals should address the novelty of the concept being proposed, compared to previous work in the field. Also, it is important to address why the novelty might be important in terms of engineering science, as well as to also project the potential impact on society and /or industry of success in the research. The information requested in this paragraph should be included, as a minimum, in the Project Summary of each proposal.The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The typical annual award size for the program is $100,000 for individual investigators or $200,000 for multiple investigators per year (including indirect cost). Small equipment proposals of less than $100,000 will also be considered and may be submitted during the submission windows. Any proposal received outside the announced dates will be returned without review.The duration of Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program awards is five years. The submission deadline for Engineering CAREER proposals is in July every year. Please see the following URL for more information:http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214 Proposals for Conferences, Workshops, and Supplements may be submitted at any time, but must be discussed with the program director before submission.Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) replace the SGER program. Please note that proposals of these types must be discussed with the program director before submission. Further details are available in the PAPPG download..

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General Information:

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NUMBER:

PD-11-5345

FUNDING MECHANISM:

Grant

DATE POSTED:

December 3, 2010

LAST UPDATED:

June 8, 2011

EXPIRATION DATE:

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