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IEM FY14 Funding Program


IEM is announcing its request for proposals for the IEM FY14 Funding Program. This program has been developed to enhance biomedical and health related engineering research at the University of Minnesota while fostering interdisciplinary collaborations between the Academic Health Center (AHC) and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).

Proposals are solicited for Group Program projects and Exploratory Grant projects.

Group Program Projects ($50,000 - $75,000)

Group Program projects are aimed at supporting a cohort of investigators (5-10 preferred) that work collaboratively to tackle significant biomedical and health problems with a multidisciplinary approach including innovative engineering solutions. The aims of the Group Programs are to strengthen University of Minnesota capabilities in addressing significant biomedical and health problems using engineering approaches. Proposals in Cardiovascular Engineering, Neuroengineering, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Medical and Biological Imaging, and Medical Devices research are particularly encouraged. Multiple PIs are preferred; with at least one PI each from AHC and CSE. Interested investigators are encouraged to discuss with IEM director as soon as possible.

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Exploratory Grant Projects ($15,000 - $25,000)

Exploratory Grant projects are aimed at supporting transformative ideas to advance fundamental research, or the translation of discoveries to significant clinical applications. Exploratory Grant proposals must include at least one member each from AHC and CSE, collaborating in a field of medically or health-related engineering.

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Application Instructions

All applications are due to by October 16, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. All PIs and Co-Is must be IEM members, or must have submitted an application for IEM membership at the time of the proposal submission. Applicants who received IEM seed grant funding in previous years may re-apply with justification of outstanding progress in terms of successful external funding. All proposals will be peer reviewed. Funding decisions will be made based upon the review outcome and the programmatic consideration.

Questions regarding any IEM grant program may be directed to Adam Klein (, 612-624-8483).