The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell are challenging undergraduate student teams to develop technology solutions to unmet needs in any area of healthcare.
Two NIH partners, NIH Office of AIDS Research and the National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities, are providing a prize each for 1.) technologies for HIV/AIDS prevention and/or care, and 2.) technologies for underrepresented populations and/or for low-resource settings.
The NIBIB DEBUT Challenge solicits design projects that develop innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems. Areas of interest for the biomedical engineering projects include, but are not limited to: diagnostics, therapeutics, technologies for underserved populations or low-resource settings, point-of-care systems, precision medicine, preventive medicine, technologies to aid individuals with disabilities, and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. In addition to prizes where there is no restriction on the healthcare technology being developed, two categorical prizes will be awarded on: 1) HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and 2) healthcare technologies for underrepresented populations and/or for low-resource settings, with funds from the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), respectively. Student Teams participating in capstone design projects are especially encouraged to enter the Challenge. To support and expand the DEBUT Challenge, the NIBIB has joined forces with VentureWell, a not-for-profit leader in funding, training, coaching and early investment that brings student innovations to market. This public-private partnership on DEBUT allows student teams to compete for prizes offered by both NIBIB and VentureWell by submitting one application.
NIBIB is conducting this Challenge under the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Reauthorization Act of 2010, as amended [15 U.S.C. § 3719].” The general purpose of NIBIB is the conduct and support of research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with respect to biomedical imaging, biomedical engineering, and associated technologies and modalities with biomedical applications. NIBIB is conducting this challenge under the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Reauthorization Act of 2010, 15 U.S.C. 3719. In line with these authorities, by challenging undergraduate students to identify 3 unmet clinical needs and develop innovative solutions for them, NIBIB targets the education of biomedical engineers who have the background, skills, and confidence to make outstanding contributions to biomedical technologies. Engaging undergraduate students to work in teams to design, build and debug solutions to real-world problems/needs in healthcare not only prepares them to function effectively in their future work environment, but also yields novel, innovative biomedical tools that can transform healthcare.
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Awards:- Amount of the Prize: The 1st (“The Steve H. Krosnick Prize”), 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000, respectively. Five honorable mentions will be selected to receive $1,000 each. Above prizes have no restriction on the topic of the healthcare technology solution being proposed. In addition, two categorical prizes will be offered: 1) The HIV/AIDS Prize for $15,000 awarded to the strongest entry developing engineering based/technological solutions to current HIV/AIDS prevention and/or health care problems; and 2) The Healthcare Technologies for Low Resource Settings Prize for $15,000, awarded to the strongest entry developing technology solutions to meet the healthcare needs of underrepresented populations or to advance healthcare in low-resource settings. (Low resources settings include, but are not limited to, settings located in the United States, U.S. territories or possessions.) For each winning team, contributions of all team members will be recognized in announcements, plaques or certificates, and the monetary prize will be distributed equally among the prize eligible Student Team members, i.e., students who are either citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Each prize-eligible member of the winning Student Teams must provide his/her bank information to enable electronic transfer of funds.