Tech, Health, and Innovation Funding and Support

Tech + Innovation Funding Alerts

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Original Publish Date: June 10, 2021

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


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.

HEAL Initiative: Interdisciplinary Teams to Elucidate the Mechanisms of Device-Based Pain Relief (RM1 Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Due Date: November 3, 2021
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to support interdisciplinary research teams of multiple PD/PIs to investigate the mechanism of action of device-based pain relief with the overall goal of optimizing therapeutic outcomes for FDA-approved or -cleared technologies. Teams must leverage appropriate multi-disciplinary expertise to develop new principles and methods for experimentation, analysis, and interpretation. Teams are encouraged to consider objectives that will produce major advances in the understanding of device-based pain relief.

Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries
Application Deadline: November 15, 2021
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory/developmental research applications that propose to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health (mHealth) interventions or tools specifically suited for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics. The overall goal of the program is to catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research that addresses global health problems, develop an evidence base for the use of mHealth technology to improve clinical and public health outcomes, and strengthen mHealth research capacity in LMICs.

American Women: Assessing Risk Epidemiologically (AWARE)
Application Due Date: December 9, 2021
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support innovative, flexible, scalable technology-mediated epidemiologic studies focused on identifying vulnerabilities and informing prevention and treatment of HIV in cisgender, transgender, and gender nonconforming women living in the United States. Ultimately, successful applicants will develop women-centric knowledgebases where study databases are combined with other sources of data to build research platforms and better extract new insights.

Laboratories to Optimize Digital Health
Application Due Date: 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.


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.

Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning
Proposal Deadline: October 18, 2021
The purpose of the Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in emerging technologies (to include, but not limited to, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and immersive or augmenting technologies) for teaching and learning in the future. The program accepts proposals that focus on learning, teaching, or a combination of both. The scope of the program is broad, with special interest in diverse learner/educator populations, contexts, and content, including teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in foundational areas that enable STEM (e.g., self regulation, literacy, communication, collaboration, creativity, and socio-emotional skills).

Support for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) to Development and Testing of New Technologies and Bioengineering Solutions for the Advancement of Cell Replacement Therapies for Type 1 Diabetes
Application Due Date: February 9, 2022
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications for funding to perform research leading to the development of novel and supportive technologies for the improvement of cell replacement interventions using novel methods, biomaterials and devices for type 1 diabetes (T1D) treatment.

Interactive Digital Media STEM Resources for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences
Application Due Dates: 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.


NC IDEA SEED Early-Stage Grants
Seed Semi-Finalists Application Deadline: October 4, 2021
NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. Our $50K grants are awarded to innovative startups with a proven concept — even if they are not yet profitable. The funds, along with mentorship and guidance, push companies forward and reduce risk associated with growing startups. Since 2006, NC IDEA SEED has awarded over $7.5 million in grant funding to 169 companies throughout the state. Nearly 70 percent of these companies are still operating today; and collectively they have raised over $295 million in funding and generated over 1,860 jobs.

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.

NC TraCS Pilot Award program
Application Due Date:: December 7, 2021
Examples of the types of activities these pilot grants can fund: Validation of a novel drug delivery system through use of known or novel compounds and biological materials, cells, vectors, polymers, animal models, or mechanical and electrical devices; Validating a medical device prototype which may include optimization of device parameters, software-hardware integration and design and usability testing; Validation of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) or laboratory developed test (LDT) in human samples or populations.

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 transforming Health Security by accelerating the research, development, and availability of transformative countermeasures to protect Americans from natural and intentional health security threats.