Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Reducing Health Disparities

NIH posted a Funding Opportunity Announcement (RFA-EB-12-001) on March 9, 2012 seeking SBIR grant applications to develop medical technologies aimed at reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Responsive applicants must be involved in collaborations with underserved populations and/or collaborate with clinics in an underserved community.

The award funding is estimated to be $2.2 million. Budgets will be awarded up to $200,000 total costs per year for Phase 1 and up to $400,000 total costs per year for Phase II may be requested.

Appropriate medical technologies need to be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to those people in need. Some of the appropriate medical technologies are:

• Telehealth and telemedicine technologies for remote diagnosis and monitoring and able to link up to academic tertiary-oriented health centers with community-based primary care homes.
• Sensors for point-of-care diagnosis
• Devices for in-home monitoring
• Mobile, portable, diagnostic, and therapeutic systems
• Devices that integrate diagnosis and treatment
• Devices that can operate in low-resource environments
• Non-invasive technologies for diagnosis and treatment
• Integrated, automated systems to assess or monitor a specific condition
• Diagnostics or treatments that do not require special training

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is looking to develop or translate technologies that would help to reduce disparities in care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, severe mental illness, individuals that are suicide risks, and for the prevention, detection, and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Only U.S. small business concerns are eligible to apply with less than 500 employees. The letter of Intent is due April 21, 2012 and August 21, 2012 with the applications due May 21, 2012 and September 2012.

Go to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-EB-12-001.html to view the FOA.