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SBIR/STTR applications reviewed by RPHB 10 cover a wide range of biobehavioral, psychosocial, organizational, educational, preventive, clinical and health-care delivery studies at individual, group, community and population levels, across the human lifespan.

The focus is on (a) behavioral and psychosocial translational research to prevent and improve the diagnosis and management of chronic disease; (b) applications that span behavioral medicine, biomedical engineering, genomics, computational machine learning, sociology, behavioral economics, and socioeconomic factors; (c) topics on behavioral change, coping abilities and clinical decision making; d) medication management and adherence, provider training; and e) novel technologies featuring smart mobile apps and platforms, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, medical devices and sensors, and electronic medical record integration that are user-oriented for patient care and disease intervention.

Review Dates

Topics


  • Individual, community, and population level interventions to prevent and manage chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, asthma, diabetes and obesity using medical devices, digital health, telemedicine, machine learning and genomic medicine tools.
  • Strategies and translational research to improve clinical and behavioral health, clinical decision making, patient-provider communication, self-care, medication management, and pain management.
  • Support, training and education for individuals who provide care to patients with chronic physical diseases and disorders across the lifespan.
  • Applications of mobile health applications, clinical data management, disease risk prediction, physical activity and diet, women’s and maternal health, adherence to treatment, and health disparities.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

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

Small Business: Psychopathology, Addictions, Alternative Medicine, and Community-based interventions (RPHB (16): RPHB 10 and RPHB 16 have a shared focus in applications on human health and behavioral intervention and prevention. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 10 if they are related to health behavior and disease risk in cancer, cardiovascular, weight/obesity etc. 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 medical conditions.

Small Business: Health Informatics (HDM 11): RPHB 10 and HDM 11 have a shared focus in applications on human health and health informatics. Applications are assigned to 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 10 if they involve provider training or use of the informatics approaches, including artificial intelligence and data integration, to induce health behavioral change, reduce health risks or improve clinical effectiveness.

Interdisciplinary Molecular Sciences and Training IRG (IMST): RPHB 10 and IMST have a shared interest in applications on devices and technologies. Applications are reviewed in IMST if they are related to diagnostic technologies and imaging, classification systems, sensors for monitoring the environment, multi-omics and biomarkers. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 10 if they involve the use of biomedical engineering to influence health risks and behaviors.

Bioengineering Sciences and Technologies IRG (BST): RPHB 10 and BST have a shared interest in applications on bioengineering devices and technologies. Applications are reviewed in BST if they are related to the development of drug delivery devices, implantable sensors, and physiological measuring of health. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 10 if they involve the use of biomedical engineering to influence health risks and behaviors.

Musculoskeletal, Oral and Skin Sciences IRG (MOSS): RPHB 10 and MOSS have a shared interest in applications regarding musculoskeletal, oral and dermatological health. 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 related to physical functioning from the perspective of devices for personal medical use and measurement are reviewed in RPHB 10.

Surgical Sciences, Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (SBIB): RPHB (10) and SBIR (11) have shared interests in applications on medical sensing devices. Applications that focus on advanced development and design of biomedical technologies, devices and systems in the context of healthcare and clinical use are typically assigned to SBIB (11). Applications are assigned to RPHB (10) if they involve the use of medical devices to influence health risks and behaviors, and for clinical effectiveness.