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Competition Timeline

February 1, 2016: Pre-proposal submission site open

March 7, 2016: Deadline for pre-proposal submissions

March 29, 2016: Full proposals invited

May 9, 2016: Deadline for full proposals

September 1, 2016: Award finalists notified

Pre-proposal Instructions

The awards process begins with submission of a pre-proposal form that is to be completed here. If you have previously applied for a CIMIT award online, your login ID is the email address you used to register. If you do not remember your password, please select the "Trouble signing in?" link to have your password re-set.

The submission site will be open to submit pre-proposals forms up to 11:59PM EST on Monday, March 7, 2016.

If you have questions regarding your submission, please email CIMITGrants@partners.org. Please address Penny Carleton for scientific questions and Debbie Lee for administrative questions.

Additional Instructions

To submit a pre-proposal, enter the fields requested on the 3-page form within the word-limits noted. You can invite others into the private site to help you complete the form. You can save the form, exit and return later to compete the form before the deadline. Once satisfied, you can submit the completed form for consideration. Once submitted, you can no longer edit the form.

The first page requests a brief description of your project idea and the subsequent sections address each of the Point-of-Care Technology Review Criteria. You may provide references, but these must be included in the word limit per section

Please check the FAQ's if you have any questions.

A subset of applicants who submit pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals by March 21, 2016.  Full proposals will be due May 2, 2016

Full Proposal Guidelines

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 address unmet needs to improve healthcare outcomes and efficiency in the delivery of primary care and if successful 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 capacity of providers to care for more patients without a decrease in the quality of care and without unduly burdening the providers.

Two POC technology-enabled pathways towards this end have been identified:

  • Introduce point-of-care technologies that eliminate unnecessary steps and re-work to increase the efficiency of operations.
  • Offload selected testing and self-monitoring capabilities tothe home setting for patient self-management.

Full proposals for Innovation Awards are accepted by invitation only and are due no later than midnight, EST Monday, May 2, 2016. Notification of Scientific Review will be sent to applicants in September, 2016.

Applications must be submitted through the web-based submission system. Instructions for completing and uploading applications are described below. All applications will be evaluated as written.

In order to be eligible for the Innovation Award, proposals must include written institutional approval from an academic institution, medical center, or non-profit institution with 501c(3) status within the United States. Qualified small business entities may also apply. A small business has fewer than 500 employees and qualifies as a small business concern under 13CFR Part 121.

Eligible Academic Principal Investigators (PI) must hold a faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or medical center in the United States. PIs from industry are not required to hold a faculty appointment. Collaboration with CIMIT consortium investigators is encouraged but not required. To learn who may be potential collaborators at CIMIT member institutions, investigators at other institutions should send a brief description of their project, not more than a few sentences, in an email to CIMITGrants@partners.org.

If you have questions regarding your submission, please email Penny Carleton. Please also check the frequently asked questions.

The following elements should be addressed in your full proposal.

I Abstract: A summary of the proposed work, overall goals, approach, specific objectives and solution to the problem.

II Unmet Need: An overview of the clinical need motivating the work.

III Proposed Solution: The proposed solution and why it should be pursued.

IV Alternatives: A description of existing and/or potential alternatives considered, why you chose not to pursue them, and why your proposed solution is better.

V Work Plan and Aims: A description of the proposed work, specific aims and associated milestones. For each aim, define one or more milestones and associated target dates for completion. Be sure to include plans for prototype development and testing for clinical users’ acceptance among your milestones. Possible resources for testing for clinical users’ acceptance may include but are not limited to provider focus groups, shadowing to assess workflow demands, use of simulated clinical environments or the living learning labs available through the Point-of-Care Technology Research Center.

VI Team: Provide the name, home institution, and a description of the project role played by each member of the team. NIH biosketches must be provided for all key personnel and collaborators .

VII Managing Challenges: An outline of the anticipated challenges and problems envisioned and ways that the team will be able to address them.

VIII Point of Care Technology Research Center in Primary Care Fit: A description of how this project relates to the objectives of the Point-of-Care Technology Research Center in Primary Care.

IX Implementation Pathway: An outline of the next steps you anticipate upon thecompletion of the proposed work that will lead to rapid impact on patient care. Do you think your proposed solution could have a commercial handoff within the next 12-18 months?

X Cited References

XI Compliance: If human subjects use is proposed, describe the subject population and enrollment plans. If the work is not expected to be exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, please describe:

  1. the risk to subjects
  2. adequacy of protection against risks
  3. potential benefits to the subjects
  4. importance of the knowledge to be gained
  5. data and safety monitoring if a trial is involved

If your data will be de-identified, explain who has the key. If animals are to be used, describe the model and rationale, or your materials source if applicable. Please refer to the PHS 398 application instructions 5.5.6 and 5.5.10 for further information about the information that is needed.

Each performance site must submit separate compliance information using the Center Compliance Form.
The form must be uploaded to the web-based submission system along with the budget and proposal narrative.

XII Budget and Budget Justification: A description of why the attached budget is appropriate for the proposed work. Be sure to include personnel responsibilities and effort commitments. Equipment is generally not supported but may be on occasion if well justified by the needs of the project. Project periods are expected to be one year. Each performance site must submit a separate budget using the Center budget form. Investigators may request costs up to $100,000 direct per proposal. Indirect costs will be provided at the Federally-negotiated rates of the performance sites. The duration of the award is expected to be one year. Budgets must be signed by an authorized institution official and uploaded into the web-based submission system along with the compliance form and the proposal narrative.

XIII Administrative Contact: Provide the name, title, telephone number and email address of the person to contact should additional materials be needed. All text material must be in a readable font (at least Arial 10 point), and margins must be at least 0.5 inches. Proposals should not exceed ten pages from Abstract through Implementation Pathway.