The MCIRCC Critical Care Grand Challenge: Sepsis
The MCIRCC Critical Care Grand Challenge is indeed grand in its scope and aspiration. Nearly 50 members comprised of scientific innovators from across the U-M campus attended the first annual event on January 24 and 25, which zeroed in on sepsis and the complexities around treating it across the critical care spectrum.
U-M Pediatric Intensivist Timothy Cornell discusses the challenges in treating septic patients and his wish list to improve outcomes.
Day 1 of the program examined the complex science, value and challenges in solving sepsis; potential models for new therapeutics, diagnostics, devices or digital health solutions to support the septic patient and health care provider were also presented.
Day 2 introduced our members to internal U-M resources and entrepreneurial fundamentals to support the development of solutions suitable for future commercialization. By helping our members define and understand their potential customers, we can focus their research beyond the idea stage for real-world impact. Developing both a scientific and business roadmap are key to this process and MCIRCC is key in helping teams with this step.
The two-day program closed on a high note, with the release of the Grand Challenge Funding Opportunity to support high-impact proposals up to $100,000 per project for milestone driven research to take place over the next 18 months. Taking a unique "team science" approach, each Proposal must have a joint PI from the U-M Medical School and College of Engineering.
Deadline for funding consideration: February 21, 2014
For complete information on the Grand Challenge RFP, or to submit your Team's Stage 1 Proposal, please visit the Competition Space website. We also prepared a FAQ for your reference.
The MCIRCC Team is happy to help along the way; e-mail Janene Centurione at firstname.lastname@example.org.