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National Science Foundation: Smart and Connected Health

Deadline: May 22, 2018

The Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems program aims to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information science and engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with biomedical and biobehavioral research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose is to develop next-generation multidisciplinary science that encourages existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health, such as networking, pervasive computing, advanced analytics, sensor integration, privacy and security, modeling of socio-behavioral and cognitive processes and system and process modeling. Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, barriers to change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems and an aging population. Such solutions demand multidisciplinary teams ready to address issues ranging from fundamental science and engineering to medical and public health practice.

The SCH program:

  • Takes a coordinated approach that balances theory with evidenced-based analysis and systematic advances with revolutionary breakthroughs
  • Seeks cross-disciplinary collaborative research that will lead to new fundamental insights
  • Encourages empirical validation of new concepts through research prototypes, ranging from specific components to entire systems

The purpose of the interagency SCH program is to support the development of technologies, analytics, and models supporting next generation health and medical research through high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering and technology, behavior, and cognition. Collaborations between academic, industry, and other organizations are strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science, medicine, and healthcare practice and technology development, deployment, and use. The SCH program is aligned with national reports calling for new partnerships to facilitate major changes in health and medicine, as well as healthcare delivery and is aimed at the fundamental research to enable these changes. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health, medicine, and/or healthcare will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that draw from the computer and information sciences, engineering, social, behavioral, cognitive and economic sciences, biomedical and health research. Only integrative proposals spanning up to four years with multi-disciplinary teams will be considered.

Amount: A total of $11,000,000-$20,000,000 is available annually. This competition will make 8-16 awards that range up to $300,000.


  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs): Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
  • Nonprofit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300958

Note: There is a second deadline on December 11, 2018; the total amount listed above is inclusive of both competition cycles.

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