SBIR/STTR applications reviewed by the RPHB 12 cover a wide range of biobehavioral, psychosocial, educational, preventive, clinical and health-care delivery studies at individual, family, community and population levels, across the human lifespan.
These applications seek to: (a) reduce and prevent neurocognitive diseases and disability; (b) improve diagnosis, treatment, and management of chronic diseases and developmental disorders; (c) enhance protective factors, caregiving and coping abilities; d) modify health behaviors to reduce risk and maximize well-being; e) support clinical decision-making for disease conditions and behavioral outcomes; and f) education supporting the health and behavioral sciences. SBIR/STTR 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.
The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.
- Interventions to reduce bullying, relationship violence, risk-taking behavior, physical injury, and pedestrian and driver safety; interventions to improve parenting skills and interpersonal relationship quality in school, home, health care and other settings.
- Technologies and interventions to assess, monitor, assist, and improve functioning of individuals with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, ADHD), sensory disorders (speech, hearing, vision), cognitive challenges (e.g., memory, reasoning, decision making, navigation), or other learning, speech, language and communication challenges (literacy, dyslexia, learning disability).
- Strategies and tools to reduce disparities and mitigate negative outcomes associated with psychological disorders and neuro-pathological conditions, such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, PTSD, and sleep disorders.
- Tools to diagnose, treat, and improve quality of life for individuals with brain injury, cerebral palsy, MS, and older adults with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, fall-related injuries, etc.
- Support, training, and education for individuals who provide care or experience stress related to psychological, neurological and developmental diseases and disorders.
- Educational technology and curriculum/instruction development in the health sciences and STEM for preK-16, graduate, professional, para-professional and lay audiences.
Shared Interests and Overlaps
RPHB (10) Small Business: Disease Prevention and Management, Risk Reduction and Health Behavior Change: 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 psychosocial and neuro-developmental functioning and general science education. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 10 if they are related to health behavior and disease risk (cardiovascular, weight/obesity, etc.), addictions, health services, health disparities and provider training.
Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies IRG (HDM): RPHB 12 and HDM have a shared focus in applications on health technologies and health informatics. Applications are reviewed in HDM if they are related to data collection, statistical methods, 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, reduce health risk, or improve 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, imaging and drug delivery devices, classification systems, sensors for monitoring and measuring health, adherence, or the environment, multi-mics and biomarkers. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if they involve sensor devices or diagnostic technologies to influence human 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 are reviewed in MOSS if they are related to physical functioning that focuses more on devices for personal medical use and measurement. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if they involve rehabilitation or assistive technologies to influence human health behavior or risk.