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SBIR/STTR applications reviewed by RPHB 12 cover a wide range of biobehavioral, psychosocial, educational, preventive, clinical and health-care delivery studies at the individual, community and population levels, across the human lifespan.

The focus is on technologies that (a) reduce and prevent neurocognitive diseases and disability, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia; (b) improve diagnosis, treatment, and management of developmental and communicational disorders; (c) address protective and risk factors, improve caregiving and coping abilities; and d) provide education supporting the health and behavioral sciences. Applications involve establishing the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of novel technologies, interventions, tools, and approaches that include mobile and e-health apps and platforms, artificial intelligence, assessment instruments, serious games, educational software and curricula, virtual and augmented reality applications, sensors, monitors, and other user-oriented devices.

Review Dates

Topics


  • Technologies to assess, monitor, and assist with the occupational and social functioning of children with developmental and learning disabilities including autism, ADHD, brain injury, concussions, cerebral palsy, motor problems, and learning disabilities.
  • Strategies and interventions to assess, reduce risk, rehabilitate, monitor, and improve functioning or quality of life for adults, and older adults with brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and at risk for falls.
  • Tools designed to address speech, hearing, and vision challenges and improve learning, language, and communication across the lifespan (i.e., bilingualism, literacy, reading).
  • Interventions that support family caregivers and parents, train direct care and community health providers, and provide professional education to those who interact with children with special needs, adults with Alzheimer’s disease, and other targeted groups at risk.
  • Education and curricula in the health sciences and STEM for preK-16, graduate, professional, para-professional, and lay audiences.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Small Business: Disease Management, Risk Prevention and Health Behavior Change (RPHB 10): RPHB 12 and RPHB 10 have a shared focus in applications on human health and behavioral intervention and prevention. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if they are related to neuro-developmental functioning, communication disorders, and general science education. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 10 if they are related to health behavior and disease risk in cancer, cardiovascular, weight/obesity, etc.

Small Business: Psychopathology, Addictions, Alternative Medicine, and Community-based interventions (RPHB (16): RPHB 12 and RPHB 16 have a shared focus in applications on human health, developmental disorders, and behavioral intervention and prevention. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if they are related to neuro-developmental functioning, communication disorders, and general science education. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 16 if they are related to addictions, safety, community health services, mental illness and related behavioral risk, sleep, and complementary and alternative approaches to a variety of medical conditions.

Small Business: Health Informatics (HDM 11): RPHB 12 and HDM 11 have a shared focus in applications on health technologies and health informatics. Applications are reviewed in HDM 11 if they are related to the development of methods of electronic health data collection, statistical package and platform, and large-scale integration with providers, libraries, and institutions. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if the focus is on testing the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of these technologies on health behavior change, reduced health risk, or improved psychosocial and neurodevelopmental functioning of human participants.

Emerging Technologies and Training in Neurosciences IRG (ETTN): RPHB 12 and ETTN have a shared focus in applications on human neuroscience and cognition. Applications are reviewed in ETTN if they are related to development of sensors, devices, and monitors (e.g., hearing aids, biomarkers, robots, etc.) in the areas of cognitive disorders, brain injury, sleep, vision disorders and trauma. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if they involve neuro-developmental or psychological technologies to measure or influence human health behavior or risk.

Interdisciplinary Molecular Sciences and Training IRG (IMST): RPHB 12 and IMST have a shared interest in applications on bioengineering devices and technologies. Applications are reviewed in IMST if they are related to diagnostic technologies and imaging, classification systems, sensors for monitoring and measuring health, multi-omics and biomarkers. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if they involve devices or diagnostic technologies to influence human neuro-developmental or psychosocial health behavior or risk.

Musculoskeletal, Oral and Skin Sciences IRG (MOSS): RPHB 12 and MOSS have a shared interest in applications on human physical health and rehabilitation. Applications involving treatment strategies for musculoskeletal, dental, and skin diseases or disorders, including rehabilitation strategies, orthopedic procedures, implants, assistive technologies, and prosthetic devices are reviewed in MOSS. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if they involve rehabilitation or assistive technologies to influence human health behavior or risk.