Program Description and FAQ's
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
This program primarily supports fundamental, transformative, and
discovery research applied to biological systems. The research
- Develop novel ideas integrating engineering and life science
principles in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity;
- Focus on high impact transforming methods and technologies
and include models and tools for understanding and control of
biological systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information
from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; new approaches
to the design of structures and materials for eventual medical
use; new methods of understanding and controlling living systems,
and new novel methods of reducing health care costs through new
- Emphasize the advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge,
possibly leading to the development of new methods and technologies;
- Emphasize novel application of existing technologies to advance
fundamental knowledge of both engineering and life sciences;
- Encourage initial evaluation of discovery-level research
in a clinical setting but not supporting clinical trials;
- Highlight multi-disciplinary nature, integrating engineering
and the life sciences; and
- Balance theory, mathematical modeling, and experiment.
The long-term impact of the projects can be related to disease
diagnosis and/or treatment, improved health care delivery, or product
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- The duration of the unsolicited Biomedical Engineering (BME)
awards is three years. The awards are $80,000-$100,000 per year
including indirect costs. Please check the NSF Chemical, Bioengineering,
Environmental, and Transport Systems Division (CBET) web pages
for the proposal submission window for the unsolicited BME program.
- The duration of BME CAREER awards is five years. The awards
are $80,000 per year including indirect costs. The submission
deadline for Engineering CAREER proposals is in July every year.
- The projects submitted to BME Program should advance both engineering
and biomedical sciences.
- The funding requests for conference and workshop support can
be submitted anytime after talking with the Program Director.
- The supplement requests for active awards can be submitted
anytime after talking with the Program Director.
- After you submit the proposal, it takes us about 180 days to
process your proposal (i.e. proposal reviews, panels, releasing
reviews, funding decisions).