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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.


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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2015 National Award Competition for the Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) in Primary Care

CIMIT Announces 2015 National Award Competition for the Point-of-Care Technology Research Center (POC TRC) in Primary Care

Seeking collaborative research projects aimed at improving patient care, devices, procedures, diagnosis, and the delivery of healthcare in primary care settings through the development of point-of-care technologies

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 2015 national call is for breakthrough, disruptive innovations that transform clinic efficiency, workflow or patient /provider experience.  In the future, clinical test results will be available at the time of the in-office or virtual primary care visit.  Point-of-care testing from drops of blood or other body fluids or from non-invasive, non-chemical means will support clinical decision-making without testing delays or the inconvenience of off-site laboratory testing, and follow-up.  

The focus of this solicitation is to develop POCTs for:

  • The most commonly used tests in primary care meeting the design requirements outlined in the next section
  • Where results can be available within 20 minutes at the time of the visit
  • Without the need for venipunctur

Microfluidic and nanotechnology platforms capable of multiplex testing to simultaneously measure multiple analytes are welcomed.  Nonchemical sampling techniques such as optical or sonic methods or other physical modalities that expand the capabilities of primary care practices to deliver care will be considered.

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.

CIMIT Contact: Steve Schachter, MD, Chief Academic Officer
Email: poctrc@cimitcolab.org