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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

UPMC HTI Grant Program to advance new areas of research in healthcare information technology

The objective of the UPMC Healthcare Technology Innovation Grant program is to advance new areas of research in healthcare information technology. Underway as of September 1, 2010, the HTI Grant program is a strategic collaboration between UPMC and Carnegie Mellon University. The HTI program is funded by UPMC and is managed by UPMC‟s Technology Development Center. It is the goal of the HTI Grant program to support research and create pathways to solutions that will attract further investment in related research and commercialization.

Purpose of Request
The purpose of this request for proposals is to elicit definitive expressions of interest from CMU faculty in pursuing projects requiring funding from the UPMC Healthcare Technology Innovation Grant Program.

Pre-proposal project submissions will be evaluated and the HTI project team will work with select applicants to prepare and submit a proposal for HTI funding by UPMC (for Phase 1). Pre-proposal submissions are due by October 6, 2010. Early submissions are welcomed. Awards will be announced by October 15, 2010.
This RFP is for Phase 1 funding only. Candidates for Phase 2 funding will be selected primarily from Phase 1 participants.

Summary of HTI Program Phases
• Phase 1 (Proof of Concept) is a feasibility study that determines the scientific, technical, and commercial merit of a selected concept. Phase 1 projects are competitively selected from proposals submitted against this general RFP. The Phase 1 proposal selection process will consist of two parts. First, proposals submitted against this RFP will be considered and tentatively accepted (by October 15). Second, the HTI team will work with those selected to further define the project as well as identify any resources necessary from within UPMC. Average Funding: $50,000-$125,000
• Phase 2 (Prototype) represents a significant research and development effort, culminating in a well defined deliverable (i.e., a technology, product, or service). The Phase 2 selection process is also highly competitive. Successful Phase 1 projects are invited to submit Phase 2 proposals as there will be no separate Phase 2 solicitations. Average Funding: $125,000-$325,000
• Phase 3 (Commercialization), it is expected that the research and development effort will be ready for licensing consideration and transition to commercial development. Funding for this phase will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Average Funding: TBD

Evaluation of Pre-Proposal Submissions
Phase 1 proposal submissions will be evaluated by the HTI program team. In doing so, consideration will be given to the factors below.
Project concepts must be responsive to these characteristics:
1. The project will utilize UPMC for deployment and/or has the potential to positively impact the operation of UPMC and/or other healthcare systems in a meaningful way.
2. The project responds to one or more of the types of problems and challenges listed in the HTI description (see Appendix A).

In addition, project concepts responsive to one or more of the following characteristics will be viewed more favorably:
1. The project outcome has the potential to be applied or deployed in UPMC within the next two to three years.
2. An interdisciplinary faculty team will be involved in the project.
3. Students will be involved in the project.
4. The project is likely to lay the groundwork for Phase 2 HTI funding.

An additional consideration necessary for HTI research projects to be considered a success is the need to make new technologies work with the way medicine is practiced. That means that the researched technology needs to be consistent with the stakeholder„s workflow, to be easy to use right from the start, and, where applicable, to not get in the way of the relationship with the patient.
The HTI team will be doing substantial outreach to establish interest and support on the part of potential collaborators within UPMC and/or other healthcare industry partners.

Feel free to contact the HTI Program Director, Henry Clement (clementhl@upmc.edu), if you wish to know more about the findings of this outreach or to discuss potential collaborators.

Contents of Pre-Proposal Submissions
While the format may be customized, a pre-proposal should have the following contents in no more than five pages (though appendices, web links and references should be utilized as desired):
1. Provide a project summary.
2. Define the problem(s) that will be addressed and the desired results.
3. Outline the major tasks and rough timetable.
4. Identify the likely CMU project team.
5. Discuss actual need for or potential for involvement of UPMC resources (including access to data, people, infrastructure, and places).
6. Provide a cost estimate.
7. Identify any potential sources of financial support other than HTI funding.
8. Speculate as to how the project could lay the groundwork for Phase 2 HTI funding.

Method of Submission
Phase 1 proposals following the guidelines above should be submitted electronically to Henry Clement at clementhl@upmc.edu by October 6, 2010. Earlier submissions are welcome.

Contact for Questions/Issues
Informational Workshop: An informational workshop will be held on or about Thursday, September 23, 2010 (specific details will be announced). The purpose of the workshop is to meet CMU faculty and students interested in healthcare technology, further introduce the UPMC Healthcare Innovation Grant Program, and answer questions about it.
Contact: Inquiries regarding the process, guidelines or other matters should be directed to Henry Clement at clementhl@upmc.edu.

Article Courtesy of UPMC Technology Development Center