Sunday, December 20, 2009

CITRIS Provides Funding

The Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) has announced a new round of seed funding for FY 2010. The seed funding supports high risk high impact projects that are novel in their approach and may be able to attract larger scale grants from Federal, state funding agencies, or the private sector. The program is seeking proposals in energy, environment, healthcare, intelligent infrastructures, technology for underserved California regions, and for technology to use in the art world.

Proposals submitted on the delivery of healthcare can include IT for telemedicine and telehealth networks, and new biomedical devices and applications to extend the reach of telehealth networks. Projects are needed to provide for the exchange of medical records, to do the statistical analysis for medical data and imaging, and projects to extend telehealth networks wirelessly.

Other projects are needed to develop intelligent infrastructures enabled by sensor web for public health, safety, and first response. Research is needed to develop novel low power sensors, sensors to use on cell phones, and ways to integrate data from massive networks of sensors.

The previous round of CITRID seed funding led to a partnership with the California Telehealth Network to investigate networking for next generation healthcare IT. The research led to the FCC funding $22.6 million to provide healthcare to three million rural Californians. Research has enabled cell scopes to be used that make it possible for cell phone cameras to do remote diagnosis in resource poor areas. These phones are going to be used during a field trial in Mexico.

The one year seed grants are in the range of $30,000 to $75,000 The RFP is open to all CITRIS investigators in University of California at Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz. For more information, go to