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IEM FY15 Funding Program


IEM is announcing its request for proposals for the IEM FY15 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, Exploratory, What If?, and Working Group Grants.


Group Program Projects ($50,000 - $60,000)

The IEM Group Program Grant provides funding to develop multidisciplinary collaborative research programs from a group of investigators of the Academic Health Center (AHC) and College of Science and Engineering (CSE). These programs are intended to enhance positions to seek program/center/group external funding, as well as create major contributions in significant medical and health research using engineering approaches.

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

The IEM Exploratory Grant Program provides funding to support interdisciplinary research projects exploring novel ideas relating to medical and engineering research. Proposals should involve fundamental or translational science, with a specific hypothesis or deliverable that can produce pilot data to secure external funding or produce intellectual property. Usually aimed for an individual faculty from AHC/CSE with a co-investigator from CSE/AHC.

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What If? Projects (Up to $5,000)

In FY15 IEM will provide funds for projects addressing an identified significant patient-related clinical need. Preliminary data or previous activities are not needed. Proposals will be accepted throughout the year for this program, and approved each semester based on merit.

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IEM Working Group (Up to $6,000)

In order to encourage the development of research across campus, IEM will make available $6,000 in funds for faculty groups to come together developing enhanced collaborations in a focused area. While groups addressing research within IEM's core themes are particularly encouraged proposals covering new themes will be considered.

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Application Instructions

Applications are due March 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM, except for "What If?" proposals. All members of IEM are encouraged to apply to any of our FY15 programs. If you or one of the collaborators within your group are not currently a member of IEM, you may still apply together, with an application for IEM membership. 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 or Adam Klein (612-624-8483).