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Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)

NIBIB supports courses focused on team-based biomedical design projects that prepare future engineers who can address NIBIB’s mission of leading the development and accelerating the translation of biomedical technologies to improve health. NIBIB encourages applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses in Biomedical Engineering departments or programs. This funding opportunity targets undergraduate students at the senior level but may also include junior undergraduates and first-year graduate students. Courses that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary training, and diversity recruitment are especially encouraged. Also encouraged are courses that offer a clinical immersion period or emphasize the specific issues related to the translation and commercialization of developed products.

For the purposes of this program, clinical immersion is defined as a 6- to 10-week program, where students engage full-time in the hospital or other clinical environment becoming familiar with the language, issues, and problems that can benefit from an engineering approach. The clinical immersion period which is expected to be carried out under the supervision of (a) clinical mentor(s), will typically involve rotations at various departments of the hospital. Although students may be involved in solving some clinical problems during this time, the main purpose of the clinical immersion period is to observe the clinical activities, acquire communication skills necessary to interact with clinicians, and identify unmet needs that can subsequently be addressed in biomedical design projects.

Direct costs of up to $20,000 per year may be requested for parts and supplies, machine shop or prototyping costs, speaker fees, technical support, travel and other project- or course-related expenses. No more than $5,000 of the $20,000 may be used for technical support. Programs that include a full-time clinical immersion program outside the academic year (typically in the summer) may additionally request up to $20,000 in student stipends (at no more than $10 per hour, with $4,000 max per student). Participant costs other than these summer stipends are not allowed. In summary, a direct cost maximum of $40,000 per year can only be requested if a summer clinical immersion period is proposed in the application; if no clinical immersion period is proposed, the direct cost may not exceed $20,000 per year. Program durations of up to 5 years may be supported.

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Last Updated On 02/13/2013