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A national "center-without-walls" for rapid transformation of emerging point-of-care technologies into commercially viable, clinically focused solutions for improving primary healthcare.

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2016 Call for Proposals

The 2016 national call is for breakthrough, disruptive innovations that transform the quality, efficiency, and/or patient /provider experience in the clinic or in the home while reducing the cost of care.

The POCTRC in primary care is receptive to proposals from industry applicants with pre-commercial or commercially available devices that have not been optimized for primary care. The application must detail the limitations of the currently available systems relative to use in primary care and describe how the proposed approach overcomes these limitations.

Preference will be given to late stage development efforts where the innovation is likely to be introduced into clinical practice within 18-24 months.

Eligibility

Open to academic, engineering, research and development laboratories in the United States. Qualified small businesses may also apply. We encourage collaboration with investigators within the CIMIT consortium.

2016 Application Process

POCTRC Award applications are solicited and evaluated in two stages. Applicants may submit pre-proposals which will undergo review. A subset of the applicants who submitted pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals.

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CIMIT Announces 2016 National Award Competition for the Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) in Primary Care

Seeking collaborative research projects aimed at developing point-of-care technologies to improve the delivery of healthcare in primary care settings

BOSTON, MA – The Point-of-Care Technology Research Center in Primary Care seeks collaborative research projects to develop novel Point-of-Care technologies aimed at improving patient care in primary care settings. Applications must present practical solutions to unmet needs relevant to primary care practice with an ultimate goal of improving healthcare outcomes and efficiency in the delivery of primary care. If successful, projects should be viable candidates for commercial development.

As the number of primary care providers diminishes and the need for primary care increases, the fundamental unmet need is to increase the ability of providers to care for more patients without decreasing the quality of care given and without unduly burdening the providers, patients or their families.

In general, two POC technology-enabled pathways to increase primary care capacity are:

  1. To introduce point-of-care technologies that eliminate unnecessary steps and re-work to increase the efficiency of operations.
  2. To offload selected testing and self-monitoring capabilities to the home or community settings for patient self-management.

The 2016 national call is for breakthrough, disruptive innovations that transform the quality, efficiency, and/or patient /provider experience in the clinic or in the home while reducing the cost of care.

The POCTRC in primary care is receptive to proposals from industry applicants with pre-commercial or commercially available devices that have not been optimized for primary care. The application must detail the limitations of the currently available systems relative to use in primary care and describe how the proposed approach overcomes these limitations.

Preference will be given to late stage development efforts where the innovation is likely to be introduced into clinical practice within 18-24 months.

For all proposals, the review committee requires that investigators collaborate closely with primary care clinicians and product development experts in the development of the proposal and in the conduct of the work. The input of these collaborators must be clearly reflected throughout the application. CIMIT can connect investigative teams with clinical collaborators, if requested.

(See the CIMIT POCTRN website for resources describing the clinical primary care environment; email the Stoeckle Center for clinical questions).

Instructions

Point-of-Care Technology award applications are solicited and evaluated in two stages. Applicants may submit pre-proposals which will undergo review by Center and NIBIB scientific staff. A subset of the applicants who submitted pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals. Further details are provided below.

  • To be eligible, academic Principal Investigators must hold a faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or medical center in the United States. PI’s from industry are not required to hold a faculty appointment. Collaboration with CIMIT consortium investigators is encouraged but not required.
  • Pre-proposals must be submitted through the CIMIT online system and are due no later than 11:59pm EST on Monday, March 7, 2016. Visit the "Instructions" area to learn more about how to apply.
  • The earliest anticipated start date for funding for those full proposals selected for funding is October 1, 2016 (provided that funds are received from the Federal government and all necessary IRB and IACUC approvals are in place).
  • The anticipated performance period is twelve months.
  • Awards will be up to $100,000 direct cost. Indirect costs will be provided at your institution’s Federally-negotiated rate. We expect to make 4-6 awards.
  • Point-of-Care Technology Awards Review Criteria will guide the selection of full proposals.
  • Applicants will be notified by Monday, March 21, 2016 as to whether they are invited to submit a full proposal.
  • Invitations will be sent by email both to the PI and to the administrative contact listed in the pre-proposal. Invited full proposals must be received by 11:59pm EST Monday, May 2, 2016. Proposals must be submitted through the web-based proposal submission system. Instructions for navigating and completing the full-proposal submission system will be sent with the notification to individuals from whom full-proposals are requested.
  • Each full proposal will be peer-reviewed on a confidential basis. All applicants will be informed of review decisions by September 1, 2016.  

About POCTRN Center in Primary Care

Funded in 2012 for a five-year period by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN), CIMIT will create a national “center-without-walls” for rapid transformation of emerging point-of-care (POC) technologies into commercially viable, clinically focused solutions for improving primary health care.

About Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT)

Founded in 1998, CIMIT is non-profit consortium of Boston’s leading teaching hospitals and universities with strategic international affiliations and government partnerships. The mission of CIMIT is to accelerate the healthcare innovation cycle by facilitating collaboration among experts through the development and implementation of novel solutions to improve patient care.

Date: 14 Jan 2016
Contact Name: Steve Schachter, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Contact e-Mail: CIMITGrants@partners.org