NSF RFP for Smart and Connected Health (SCH)


TITLE:  Smart and Connected Health (SCH)
NSF 13-543, REPLACES NSF 12-512

URL:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13543/nsf13543.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click


  • 28 May  2013  for Exploratory (EXP) Proposals
  • 03 June 2013  for Integrative (INT) Proposals
  • 10 October  2013 and annually thereafter for Exploratory (EXP) Proposals
  • 10 December  2013 and annually thereafter for Integrative (INT) Proposals

AWARD:   15 to 25 awards per year totaling $15M to $25M per year

SCOPE:  The goal of the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than disease. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with bio-behavioral health 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 of this program is to develop next generation health care solutions and encourage existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health, such as sensor technology, networking, information and machine learning technology, decision support systems, modeling of behavioral and cognitive processes, as well as system and process modeling. Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, social interactions, cognitive limitations, barriers to behavioral change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyber-physical systems. Such solutions demand multidisciplinary teams ready to address technical, behavioral and clinical issues ranging from fundamental science to clinical practice.  Innovative approaches are required to address delivery of high quality, economically-efficient healthcare that is rapidly becoming one of the key economic, societal and scientific challenges in the United States.

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is the development of next generation health and healthcare research through high-risk, high-reward advances in the understanding of and applications in information science, technology, behavior, cognition, sensors, robotics, bio-imaging, and engineering. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science, clinical practice and technology development, deployment and use. This solicitation is aligned with the visions (e.g., PCAST, NRC, IOM) calling for major changes in health and wellbeing as well as healthcare delivery and is aimed at the fundamental research to enable the change. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health and healthcare will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that draw from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, engineering, medicine, biology, and computer and information sciences.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation

  • Exploratory Projects (EXP): One or more investigators spanning 1 to 3 years.
  • Integrative Projects (INT): Multi-disciplinary teams spanning 1 to 4 years.

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