Blueprint MedTech is funding two Incubator Hubs, NeuroTech Harbor (NTH) and CINTA (Center for Innovative NeuroTech Advancement), to solicit, evaluate, and oversee technology development projects. The Hubs will provide direct funding and in-kind resources to innovator teams to develop and de-risk these groundbreaking technologies to the point where additional investments are warranted from industry partners, investors, and government.
These Hubs will post two solicitations per year to the Blueprint Neurotech website.
- Attention: The Cycle 4 Solicitation for Pre-proposals for Optimizer and Seedling projects by the Innovation Hubs opens on Thursday, February 1, 2024, and closes Thursday, February 29.
- Principal Investigators (PIs) from academic institutions, industry, and non-profit organizations are invited to apply. The Blueprint MedTech Hubs and NIH encourage applications from women, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as from individuals with disabilities.
- Pre-proposals must be submitted through the Blueprint MedTech: Incubator Hubs Program online application system no later than 11:59 PM on February 29. See the Blueprint Neurotech website for full details and instructions.
- The Innovation Hubs will hold weekly informational Webinars, and Office Hours by appointment.
- NEXT ROUND: We expect the next Solicitation to be announced in mid- to late Summer of 2024.
Two kinds of awards may be issued for applications submitted to this solicitation.
- Optimizer awards will rarely exceed $500,000 in direct costs per year for a period of up to 4 years. In addition to monetary support, awardees will receive mentoring and resources and support services necessary for translation will be available as outlined above.
- Seedling awards provide support for six months, a $25,000 stipend, and $25,000 to hire subject matter experts. Mentors will work with awardees throughout the project to help resolve specifically identified gap(s) on the path to commercialization.
CINTA is a program of the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT), a non-profit consortium of teaching hospitals and universities with strategic international affiliations and government partnerships. The mission of CIMIT is to accelerate the healthcare innovation cycle by facilitating collaboration among experts through the development and implementation of novel solutions to improve patient care. CIMIT has created a national “center-without-walls” for rapid transformation of emerging technologies into commercially viable, clinically focused solutions for improving health care.
NeuroTech Harbor’s mission is to support the development of real-world solutions to alleviate human suffering from neurological conditions. This is made possible through a partnership between Johns Hopkins University and Howard University, and a new NIH Initiative that commits to equitech-based values of inclusivity, equity and accessibility in all its endeavors.
By the conclusion of CINTA or NTH funding, it is anticipated that all projects will be ready for entry into the companion Translator solicitations from NIH: