Tech + Innovation Funding Alerts

Every day, our partners talk to us about their goals, and the social impact they hope to achieve in the communities in which we live. Our role as a technology partner means we listen and learn about their opportunities and challenges. It comes with “big picture” expectations: people look to us to make sense of the technology, make sense of translating their project into a digital platform, and providing a unique perspective that enables our partners to move forward and shape their objectives.

CrossComm is dedicated to helping innovators create meaningful value, and part of that approach is to share resources and connections that empower our common cause — making a positive impact. Our Tech + Innovation Funding Alerts is a collection of funds and resources, both locally and nationally, aimed at supporting the development of disruptive technologies towards social good. If you are a change agent who would like to support innovative technologies, and have a resource or project you would like to include in our alerts, contact


Laboratories to Optimize Digital Health
Application Due Dates: July 1, 2021; March 1, 2022
NIMH seeks applications for innovative research projects to test strategies to increase the reach, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of digital mental health interventions which may impact mental health outcomes, including suicide behaviors and serious mental illness. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to support the development of digital health test beds that leverage well-established digital mental health platforms and infrastructure to rapidly refine and optimize existing evidence-based digital health interventions and to conduct clinical trials testing digital mental health interventions that are statistically powered to provide a definitive answer regarding the intervention's effectiveness.

Technologies to Advance Precision Medicine for Reproductive Health and Infertility
Application Due Date: July 29, 2021
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage the small business community to collaborate with scientists and clinicians in the fields of female and male reproductive medicine, infertility, andrology/urology, and gynecology to develop, adapt and validate discoveries in genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics and biomarkers to the clinical diagnosis and treatment of women and men with infertility, and diseases and disorders that affect fertility. The ultimate goal is to advance the application of precision medicine to reproductive health through the development of new procedures, assays, digital apps, devices or technologies that improve the specificity, accuracy and rapidity of diagnosis and enhance the individualization, safety and convenience of clinical care.

Mobile Health Solutions to Rectify Digital Inequality in Communities Affected by Drug Addiction
Application Due Date: August 13, 2021
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications to develop mobile health technologies, including wearables and other digital health enabled technologies, to address existing digital inequalities affecting underserved and vulnerable populations suffering from Substance Use Disorders (SUD).

Innovative Technologies for HIV Behavioral and Social Science Research
Application Due Date: September 5, 2021
The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support the development of new technologies for HIV prevention or treatment, or the application of existing technologies to behavioral and social science HIV research in these domains. Specific areas of interest include mobile health applications in HIV prevention and care: Patient-care focused applications, such as health behavior change; Health system-focused applications, such as reporting and data collection; Population health-focused applications, including HIV awareness and testing campaigns; and Provider-focused applications to improve HIV provider knowledge and patient-provider communication.

Promoting Research on Music and Health: Phased Innovation Award for Music Interventions
Application Due Dates: October 04, 2021; June 02, 2022; October 03, 2022; June 02, 2023
The purpose of this FOA is to promote innovative research on music and health with an emphasis on developing music interventions aimed at understanding their mechanisms of action and clinical applications for the treatment of many diseases, disorders, and conditions. Given the emphasis on innovation, little or no preliminary data are needed to apply under this FOA. Because of the need for a multidisciplinary approach, collaborations among basic researchers, translational science researchers, music intervention experts, other clinical researchers, music health professionals, and technology development researchers are encouraged.

Comprehensive Care for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus from Populations with Health Disparities
Application Due Dates: October 5, 2021; February 5, 2022
This initiative will support innovative research to develop, test and evaluate multi-level/multi-component strategies (including models of health care) to effectively adapt and implement comprehensive clinical care for individuals with Type 2 diabetes mellitus from populations with health disparities. Special areas of interest include: Innovative multi-level or multi-component interventions that promote a proactive Type 2 diabetes care delivery and evaluate its effect on diabetes-related health outcomes and health care disparities. Such interventions include studies exploring the role of health information technology across different levels of patient self-management, patient-clinician shared decision making, and care coordination for diabetes and other coexisting chronic health conditions. Other innovative strategies can also enhance Type 2 diabetes patient self-management, continuity of care, medical specialty referrals and/or shared patient care in health care settings with limited resources and clinical personnel. These strategies may include digital interfaces and electronic health records portals, among others.


NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions
Application Due Dates: July 8, 2021
This notice solicits applications for the NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program. This program is a joint initiative between the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The overarching goal of the program is to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. This program will fund teams in the U.S. and U.K. working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions.

FY 2021 Smart Policing Initiative
Application Due Date: July 20, 2021
The Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) provides funding to enable police agencies to effectively use evidence-based practices, data, and technology. Recipients of funding under the FY 2021 SPI program will establish police-researcher partnerships; test promising crime prevention, response, and reduction practices; improve police accountability and build their capacity to analyze and use crime intelligence and data; implement and test justice information-sharing technology; and evaluate their effectiveness. For this solicitation, “justice information-sharing technology” refers to any technology (hardware and/or software, hosted residentially or remotely) that plays a role in the collection, storage, sharing, and analysis of criminal justice data.

PSIAP Artificial Intelligence for IoT Information (AI3)
Application Due Date: July 26, 2021
The NIST Public Safety Communications Research Division Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - Artificial Intelligence for IoT Information (PSIAP-AI3) cooperative agreement is seeking applications from prize administrators to collaborate with technical experts from NIST, industry, academia, and public safety in implementing the AI3 Prize Competition. The AI3 Prize Competition aims to develop software and/or hardware components that can be integrated into an end-to-end middleware solution which will ingest, evaluate and categorize data from multiple Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices with different output data formats.

E-Learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response
Application Due Date: July 30, 2021
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to further the development of Advanced Technology Training (ATT) products for: the training of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) workers; skilled support personnel associated with an emergency/disaster; emergency responders in biosafety response, etc. ATT as defined by the Worker Training Program (WTP) includes, but is not limited to, online training, mobile device training, virtual reality, and serious gaming, which complement all aspects of training from development to evaluation including advanced technologies that enhance, supplement, improve, and provide health and safety training for hazardous materials workers.

FY 2021 Preventing School Violence: BJA’s STOP School Violence Program
Application Due Date: August 16, 2021
The Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for funding under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program. The STOP School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve K-12 school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence and ensure a positive school climate. Proposals can include the development and implementation of multidisciplinary threat assessment and/or intervention teams and/or operate technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, websites, or other school safety technology solutions for accurate identification of danger (without resort to discriminatory stereotypes or violating privacy).

Interactive Digital Media STEM Resources for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences
Application Due Dates: September 3, 2021; September 2, 2022
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide opportunities for eligible small business concerns (SBCs) to submit NIH Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant applications to develop interactive digital media science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) products that address student career choice and health and medicine topics for: (1) pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) students and pre- and in-service teachers and families or (2) Informal science education (ISE), i.e., outside-the-classroom resources for the general public. Interactive digital media (IDM) are defined as products and services on digital computer-based systems which respond to the user's actions by presenting content such as text, moving image, animation, video, audio, and video games.

Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I: Development Grants (PIPP Phase I)
Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2021
The PIPP Phase I initiative intends to support planning activities encompassing (1) articulation of a grand challenge centered around a critical and broad question in pandemic predictive intelligence; (2) proposals of novel conceptual research and technology developments that aim to advance state-of-the-art forecasting, real-time monitoring, mitigation, and prevention of the spread of pathogens; and (3) multidisciplinary team formation.


RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP)
Application Due Date: August 13, 2021 for Fall 2021 Cohort
Participate in the 12-week high-touch RIoT Accelerator Program. RAP increases the impact of traditional business development resources by connecting you with an industry consortium of more than 90 companies across the IoT technology stack to learn, partner, and bring your product to market.

NC Biotechnology Center Innovation Impact Grant (IIG) FY2022
Application Due Date: October 13, 2021
The Innovation Impact Grant (IIG) program supports the purchase of research equipment for core facilities at academic or nonprofit institutions, fostering innovation within North Carolina’s life sciences ecosystem. Priority will be given to proposals that are most likely to have high impact at the applicant institution and in the broader life sciences research community.

First Flight Venture Center and BARDA: Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures
Various Projects
First Flight connects you with BARDA through the DRIVe (Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures) initiative, a part of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). DRIVe’s mission is