November 14, 2006
Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities (RAPD) Program
Effective October 1, 2006, the Divisions of Chemical and Transport Systems (CTS) and Bioengineering and Environmental Systems (BES) will merge to form the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET). The mission of the Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Healthcare cluster is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into projects that integrate engineering and life science principles in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity. The Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities (RAPD)
program supports the development of technologies for new and improved devices or software for persons with disabilities. RAPD is also directed toward the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of normal functions in humans. Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of
fundamental engineering knowledge and not on incremental improvements. Undergraduate engineering design projects are also supported, especially those that provide prototype "custom-designed" devices or software for persons with mental and/or physical disabilities. PIs are encouraged to apply for supplemental funding under the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program (NSF 00-107). Examples of topics in RAPD are: novel acoustic wave processing and noise reduction techniques for applications such as hearing aids; development of biocompatible detection technologies that could serve as massively parallel interfaces for communicating with neural tissue such as used in artificial retina; and novel technologies for home healthcare, such as new approaches for transdermal drug delivery and home healthcare medication management and telemonitoring. NOTE: Foreign researchers at U.S. institutions may be able to apply for this award through their institution. Contact the
program officer for details.
Posted by sharum at November 14, 2006 3:41 PM