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Biomedical Engineering & Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities (BME/RAPD)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The mission of the BME/RAPD programs is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into projects that integrate engineering and life science principles in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity.  The program focuses on high impact transforming technologies for deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems, extraction of useful information from complex biomedical signals, new approaches to the design of structures and materials for eventual medical use, and new methods of controlling living systems. This program is also directed toward the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of normal functions in humans. Emphasis is placed on the advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge rather than on product development. The research might lead to the development of new technologies or the novel application of existing technologies. Undergraduate engineering design projects are also supported, especially those that provide prototype, "custom-designed" devices or software for persons with mental and/or physical disabilities. The program does not support clinical studies but initial evaluation in a clinical setting is encouraged.

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Program contacts

Semahat S. Demir
Program Director
sdemir@nsf.gov (703) 292-7950
Gilbert Devey
Program Director
gdevey@nsf.gov (703) 292-7943
Leon Esterowitz
Program Director
lesterow@nsf.gov (703) 292-7942

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