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Rehabilitation Research News: February 7, 2023

From the Director's Desk

NCMRR is proud to announce our participation in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge, a public/private partnership with VentureWell. The DEBUT Challenge recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation achieved through teamwork to identify unmet clinical needs and solve open-ended problems. The 2023 competition will provide $145,000 in prize money to undergraduate teams who develop innovative healthcare technology solutions. 
In addition to three prizes and five Honorable Mention awards offered by NIBIB and two prizes sponsored by VentureWell, there will be focused prizes sponsored by five NIH institutes, centers, and offices (ICOs): 

  • NCMRR is sponsoring the $15,000 Rehabilitative and Assistive Technologies Prize for the health and function of people with physical disabilities.
  • The Office of AIDS Research (OAR) is sponsoring the DEBUT HIV/AIDS Prize for a winning entry that demonstrates engineering-based technology solutions to current HIV/AIDS prevention and/or healthcare problems.
  • The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is sponsoring the DEBUT Healthcare Technologies for Low-Resource Settings Prize, which challenges the next generation of biomedical engineers to focus on specific healthcare needs among underserved populations, who may benefit from innovative solutions.
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will be sponsoring the DEBUT Technologies for Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis, or Treatment Prize.
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) will sponsor a new award, the $15,000 Technologies to Empower Nurses in Community Settings Prize.

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced on August 25, 2023, and winning teams will be honored at an awards ceremony at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) in October 2023 in Seattle, Washington. 

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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), part of the HHS Administration for Community Living, has published its funding opportunities for this fiscal year to All open opportunities are listed below.

To stay up to date on NIDILRR grant opportunities, please visit and use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

Other Federal Funding Announcements

Department of Defense (DOD)

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has published the fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023) pre-announcements for the Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program (PRARP).

  • Transforming Research Award ($1 million)
  • Transforming Diagnosis Award ($2.5 million)
  • Transforming Care Award ($1 million)

In addition, the FY 2023 PRARP is offering a Career Initiation and Transition Partnering Option (CITPO) for each mechanism. This option is to allow for two investigators to work toward a common research goal. Each investigator is supported as a named principal investigator (PI), with an award to each of their institutions. The CIT partner must be an investigator within 10 years of a terminal degree or new to the field.

  • Transforming Research Award—CITPO ($1 million)
  • Transforming Diagnosis Award—CITPO ($2.5 million)
  • Transforming Care Award—CITPO ($1.2 million)

For more information on the types of funding opportunities offered and application strategies, review the CDMRP Webinar Series.

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