Jump ARCHES Spring 2022 Priority RFP Call

Submission deadline: Monday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m.


The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) endowment offers this priority Request for Proposals to faculty and researchers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, health care providers of the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria, and/or OSF HealthCare clinicians.


The goal of this priority RFP is to address the challenges faced by our community and society as we develop policies and procedures for health care delivery through new mediums including tele-health platforms, and to improve health care quality and patient safety through the combined efforts of researchers, engineers, clinicians, and social and behavioral scientists. The award is for one year of seed money support up to $75,000. Short-duration proposals (up to six months, with rapid results) will be given highest priority and will receive funding up to $35,000. Proposals which identify future or matching funding from federal, state, county, or other governmental or non-governmental organizations will be regarded most favorably. Requests for continuing funding will be based upon reported progress and meeting specific requirements (e.g., submission of invention disclosure with OTM (if applicable) and evidence of application for external funding beyond UIUC, OSF, or UICOMP).

To achieve this goal and promote collaboration between institutions, OSF HealthCare and the Health Care Engineering Systems Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign encourage applicants to inquire if their ideas require facilities or technologies that they cannot access at their home institution. Examples of such facilities and technologies may include simulation areas, robotics technology, 3D printing, or other prototyping and manufacturing needs. View these facilities on the HCESC website, Jump Simulation Center Urbana website, and Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center Peoria website.

Focus Areas

This round, we are seeking proposals incorporating solutions in digital health, data science, health equities, community health, AI, and related areas in the development of technologies to:

  • Promote recovery post-COVID-19, and/or similar health crises, both from a patient level perspective and the broader perspective of public health and the social and economic impact on healthcare. Specifically, diagnostics, modeling, artificial intelligence, assistive devices, surveillance, vaccination, and ready access to testing sites, test kits and/or test results with a focus on access across the nation will be of high importance.
  • Addressing the evolving standards of care to incorporate personalized precision medicine and genomic best practices.
  • In multiple capacities, address accuracy and completeness of diagnosis, treatment, and health literacy of historically underserved populations.
  • Reduce administrative burden at the bedside to increase the quality of patient interactions.
  • Assist in diagnosis and treatment of Neurological Disorders through collaborative efforts with the OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois and Illinois Neurological Institute. Emphasis will be on early diagnosis of neurological disorders, enhancement of social skills associated with chronic neurological disorders, support of children and adults with chronic neurological disorders as they navigate everyday life at home, in school, and in the workplace, and exploration of technologies to utilize unique skills of individuals with neurological disorders.
  • Special attention will be given to proposals addressing
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences topics
    • Neurological sciences-particularly assistive technologies
    • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Outstanding proposals in additional areas affecting health and wellness may be considered for funding.

Solutions will incorporate aspects of the following:

  1. Digital Health and Data Science: This area concerns designing technologies to improve tele-medicine, data gathering, sensor design, designing assistive technologies, robotics and advancing the use of data science, AI, and machine learning to augment and assist in improving the costs, quality, and patient/provider experience.
    • Special consideration will be given to block chain and other decentralization associated technologies.
  2. Health Equities and Community Health: This area concerns mitigating the impact of age, location, and social barriers in delivering quality health care to vulnerable populations. Special emphasis will be given to proposals that address racism, social justice, social and implicit biases, health equity, and access.
  3. Simulation and Education: This area concerns using simulation and other virtual or augmented reality technologies to train and evaluate current and future medical professionals. New modalities, AR/VR/MR, design of hardware-based simulators with a focus on Human Factors, Interprofessional Education, etc. will be given preference.

Jump ARCHES has over 114 projects at a total of $7 million since 2014. View all funded projects here: https://healtheng.illinois.edu/jumparches/fundedgrants.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be specifically evaluated for their respective alignment to program goals (relevance), the potential impact on patient and learner outcomes (impact), and the proposed plan and quality of the team (approach).

Investigators may request Phase II funding if Phase I projects have met specified goals. Furthermore, the PI must have demonstrated at least one of the following outcomes from Phase I:

  1. Submission of proposal to external funding source
  2. OTM disclosure/patent application
  3. Technology license or successful implementation of Phase I results at OSF or a related health care organization. 

A final project report showing successful completion of Phase I is required before a Phase II proposal can be considered.

Application Preparation

Please refer to the application documents:

Application Instructions 2022 Budget Template (Updated 2/25)  
Data Assistance Form    


For the preparation of a responsive application, please contact:

Antonios Michalos, MD, MS, Associate Director of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center
(217) 244-4563

For questions on the submission of the application, please contact:

Seth Stutzman, SS, BS
ARCHES Program Coordinator
(309) 308-9409

Submitting Your Application

Applications can be submitted beginning Tuesday, February 1. Submit your applications as a PDF document, following the ARCHES application instructions, via email to michalos@illinois.edu and seth.t.stutzman@jumpsimulation.org.

The deadline is Monday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m.

ARCHES Spring 2022 RFP Call (pdf)