Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) -- Health Readiness and Performance System (HRAPS)

Funding Agency:
Department of the Army

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is excited to post this announcement for a Request for Project Proposals (RPP) focused on wearable physiological sensor development. The overarching goal of this program is to design and evaluate an optimized multifunctional wearable physiological sensor that can quantify thermal work strain, changes in electromyography (EMG) that indicate muscular injury, and neurocognitive changes that suggest compromised cognitive function and predict incipient illness.

The U.S. Army is developing the Health Readiness and Performance System (HRAPS) to provide actionable information to small unit leaders, in order to enable data-driven decisions to maintain and improve Warfighter performance and safety. As currently envisioned, HRAPS is an aggregate of the following five indices: 
1) Physiological Strain (heat or cold stress)
2) Alertness and Fitness for Duty (fatigue measurement)
3) Physical Readiness (musculoskeletal health)
4) Neuro-Psychological Status (cognitive capabilities, mood)
5) Wellness Status (infectious disease status)

This RPP aims to fund the development of: 
1) a tactically secure communications platform with plug-and-play mission-tailorable sensors; 
2) real-time health and performance status of individual Service members in training and operations for heat, load, cognitive readiness, altitude, hydration, and alertness; and 
3) integration with combat casualty care diagnostics.

Deadline for White Papers: July 2, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Offerors must be MTEC Members in good standing.

Amount

$2,400,000

Amount Description

The U.S. Government (USG) potentially has available $2.4M Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, and Engineering (RD&E) dollars. MTEC anticipates that one award at $2.4M (direct and indirect costs) will be made to a qualified team who demonstrates the ability to achieve the technical objectives of this RPP. The Period of Performance is not to exceed 24 months.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 2, 2018