Tech, Health, and Innovation Funding and Support

Tech + Innovation Funding Alerts

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Original Publish Date: June 10, 2021

CrossComm is dedicated to helping innovators create meaningful value through technology. Part of that approach is to share resources that empower our common cause — making a positive impact. Our Tech + Innovation Funding Alerts is a collection of funds and resources, both nationally and locally, aimed at supporting the development of disruptive technologies towards social good. Below you’ll find a list of funding opportunities for innovators in health, science, and social change. For those of you who are local to the Research Triangle region, there is also a section of opportunities just for you. 

If you are a change agent who would like to support technological innovation, and have a resource or grant you would like to include in our alerts, contact


Leveraging Health Information Technology (Health IT) to Address and Reduce Health Care Disparities
Application Due: June 5, 2022; October 5, 2022
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks to support research that examines the impact of leveraging health information technology (health IT) to reduce disparities in access to and utilization of health care services, patient-clinician communication, and health outcomes for populations that experience health disparities in the U.S.The 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan outlines a vision of health IT to improve population health, access, equity, safety, and reduce costs via health IT capabilities such as public health surveillance, telehealth, and remote monitoring (e.g., wearables; web enabled medical devices).

National Initiatives in Justice and Mental Health: Training and Technical Assistance for Grantees and the Field
Application Due: June 6, 2022
Through this opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding under five separate training and technical assistance (TTA) categories for multiple justice and mental health programs to deliver site-based, program-specific TTA and broader TTA for the field. Funding available includes the development of technology solutions to increase the availability/accessibility of training in a virtual environment. 

Technologies and Informatics Tools for Cancer Metabolomics
Application Due: June 14, 2022
This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to alert the community that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking to support development of innovative technologies and informatics tools for metabolomics research by leveraging ongoing programs. The NCI seeks to stimulate technology development to facilitate transformational new approaches for cancer metabolomics and lipidomics research through the IMAT and ITCR programs. Therefore, this announcement seeks to address the need for new technologies designed explicitly to overcome technical challenges and advance cancer metabolomics.

E-Learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response
Application Due: July 21, 2022
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 Technology-enhanced training products for the health and safety training of: hazardous materials (HAZMAT) workers; waste treatment personnel; skilled support personnel associated with an emergency/disaster; emergency responders in biological hazard response, infectious disease response, and medical waste cleanup; emergency responders in disasters; and worker resiliency training. Technology-enhanced training products as defined by the Worker Training Program (WTP) include, but are not limited to, online training, mobile device training, virtual reality, and serious gaming. 

Developing Regulated Therapeutic and Diagnostic Solutions for Patients Affected by Opioid and/or Stimulants use Disorders
Application Due: August 15, 2022; February 14, 2023
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from small business concerns proposing research projects, directed towards commercialization, for the development of novel, evidence-based, FDA-regulated medical products addressing the needs of patients suffering from opioid use disorders (OUD) and/or stimulant use disorders (StUD). Applications received under this FOA may fall within two scientific areas, namely: (1) pharmacotherapeutics (small molecules and biologics) and (2) medical therapeutic and diagnostic devices, including software as a medical device. This FOA strives to contribute to the effort against the national opioid and psychostimulant emergency and offer new medical products for individuals, families, and communities affected by this devastating crisis. 

Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries
Application Due: November 15, 2022
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. Applicants are required to propose partnerships between at least one U.S. institution and one LMIC institution.


Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Real-time Automatic 3D Reconstruction and 3D Model Generation from Multiple Image Sources for Situational Awareness and Transport and Dispersion Modeling
Application Due: June 15, 2022
Visual representation of chem/bio hazards is one of the various types of information of interest to allow Warfighters to gain situational awareness prior to operations and responses. Recent efforts managed by the Digital Battlespace Management Division at the Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTO-CBD) have looked into leveraging extended reality (XR) technologies to provide modern, advanced, and realistic representations of chem/bio hazards. Active projects are also looking into merging modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities with XR tools. These 3D models will be used for projection via augmented reality (AR), inserted into virtual reality (VR) platforms, and serve as terrain for transport and dispersion (T&D) modeling.

Award For Outstanding Work In Digital Archaeology
Application Due: September 15, 2022
Digital technologies are driving important changes in archaeology. Despite the increasing acceptance of digital technology in daily life, however, determining how to assess digital scholarship has proved difficult: many universities remain unsure about how to evaluate digital work alongside more traditional forms of print publication when faced with tenure and promotion decisions. Recognizing the value of digital scholarship, and aiming to encourage its practice, the AIA offers this award to honor projects, groups, and individuals that deploy digital technology in innovative ways in the realms of excavation, research, teaching, publishing, or outreach.

Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) for Development of New Technologies and Instrumentation for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Application Due: November 15, 2022
The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for development of new technologies and instrumentation for astronomy and astrophysics. The program supports overarching science objectives of the Division of Astronomical Sciences. Development of innovative, potentially transformative technologies are encouraged, even at high technical risk. Supported categories include but are not limited to: advanced technology development or concept feasibility studies and specialized instrumentation to enable new observations that are difficult or impossible to obtain with existing means. Proposals may include hardware and/or software development and/or analysis to enable new types of astronomical observations.


Data to Improve Community Conditions Shaped by Structural Racism
Application Due: May 26, 2022
This call for proposals (CFP) invites eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for a grant to use data to inform efforts to improve community conditions shaped by structural racism, and ultimately work towards achieving health equity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) expects to award up to 35 individual grants of $40,000 each, with a period of performance of nine months. Nonprofit organizations based in the U.S. are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

FY 2022 STOP School Violence Specialized Training and Technical Assistance Program
Application Due: June 10, 2022
The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Students Teachers and Officers Preventing (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. This specialized training and technical assistance program will enhance the capacity of educational and other professionals who work with school-age populations to recognize a combination of factors that may lead to school violence and address the service needs of students.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
Application Due: August 12, 2022
The economic prosperity and national security of the United States is reliant upon the nation’s capacity to remain globally competitive in the technological and computational fields. The nation’s competitiveness, however, is contingent upon its capacity to educate the next generation. Learning and teaching must be reimagined to better represent the diverse composition and perspective of our nation’s people and be expanded to encompass all pathways for students to receive a high-quality STEM education. A highly proficient and diverse technological and computational STEM workforce is needed to advance new discoveries in science, engineering, and technology in the service of the nation. ITEST is an applied research and development program with goals to advance the equitable and inclusive integration of technology in the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from pre-kindergarten through high school. 

Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning
Application Due: October 17, 2022
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).

UNICEF Venture Fund
Application Due: Ongoing
The UNICEF Venture Fund makes $50–100K early stage investments in technologies for children developed by UNICEF country offices or companies in UNICEF programme countries. By providing flexible funding to early-stage innovators, it allows UNICEF to quickly assess, fund and grow open-source technology solutions that show potential to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children.


NCBiotech’s Flash Grant program
Application Due:September 14, 2022
NCBiotech’s Flash Grant program aims to identify and energize the most creative ideas that exhibit early indications of commercial potential. Like a flash of inspiration, Flash Grants infuse funding at a critical early point when a small, targeted influx of funds can be crucial to shaping innovative research ideas into high potential life sciences technologies, particularly in emerging and converging life sciences sectors. This cycle is open to Clinician Innovators developing: Medical devices; Pharmaceuticals and biologics; Precision health solutions; Clinical software and workflow solutions. 

NC Biotechnology Center Innovation Impact Grant (IIG) FY2022
Application Due: October 12, 2022
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.

Application Due: Currently Closed, Check back in July, 2022
NC Idea Seed offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. The $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.

First Flight Venture Center and BARDA DRIVE Health Security Accelerator
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.