Request for Proposals

The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) Endowment offers this Request for Proposals to OSF HealthCare clinicians and faculty members at the University of Illinois College of Engineering at Urbana-Champaign and College of Medicine at Peoria. The goal of this competitive grant is to improve health care quality and patient safety through the combined efforts of engineers and clinicians.

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The request for Proposals opens: September 18, 2017
Submission Deadline: October 26, 2017 at 11:59pm CST

Proposals will be reviewed swiftly with an announcement of awards by first week of January, 2018

A link to the online submission mechanism which closely followed the NIH R21 mechanism format will be available until October 25, 2017 on and on https:/

Projects exceeding $50,000 in total funding for a single year will have a well-developed justification for expenses above this level.

How to Prepare a Responsive Application

The goal of this program is to use our combined expertise in the broad areas of Sensing Devices, Materials and Mechanics, Health Information Technologies, Simulation, and Human Factors/Industrial Ergonomics and Design to execute collaborative projects that could be used to train the health care practitioners of tomorrow.

During the current cycle we encourage proposals in the following areas:

  • Serious Gaming for Medical Education and Training
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Simulation
  • Advanced Software for Medical Education and Simulation

The proposed research should address the needs of clinical simulations and training and be amenable to translational activities, which lend themselves to full deployment and commercialization of the outcomes for use in medical training.

Proposals were specifically evaluated for their respective alignment to program goals (Relevance), the potential impact on patient and learner outcomes (Impact) and the proposed plan and quality of the team proposed (Approach).

Proposals must identify two Co-Investigators: one from the University of Illinois College of Engineering at Urbana-Champaign and one from among the clinicians providing care within OSF HealthCare.

Funding and Proposals

The Jump ARCHES grant program will fund:

  • Salary support for engineers working primarily at Jump in Peoria.
  • Salary support for clinicians or investigators within OSF HealthCare, the University Of Illinois College Of Engineering or others relevant to the research program.
  • Salary support for other key personnel or consultants.
  • Administrative and staffing expenses within Jump.
  • Programmatic funding within project scope.

All proposals recommended for funding will include a statement of work, a budget and address how the research will meet the goals of the Jump ARCHES program. Applications will also define the intellectual property of the contributing individuals and their institutions.

Review Process

The steering panel for Jump ARCHES will prioritize:

  • Applied research programs that evaluate the improvement of patient outcomes through clinical simulation.
  • The creation of equipment and facilities to evaluate and improve health care through clinical simulation.
  • Contributions to scholarship and support for advanced degrees to prepare new generations of experts in the field.
  • Proposals which are competitive for additional external funding to advance the broader use of clinical simulation in healthcare

Suitable space will be assigned to Jump ARCHES winners on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Jump Simulation & Education Center in Peoria, IL. This location will provide access to a wide spectrum of clinical professionals and their existing health care technologies, illuminating the challenges they face in the transformation of health care.

Phase 2 Continued Funding

For the current ARCHES grantees, we invite you to submit a proposal for a phase 2 funding to continue the project, if excellent progress has been made during the initial phase of the project.  Will require a final report before continued funding request is reviewed. The proposal must show potential for translational  research or external funding opportunity. Phase 2 proposal deadlines are the same as described earlier. We will send some additional information about this process