$500 000 MIME Seed Fund – Phase 2 Open Now – Call to Researchers

Around 80 excellent proposals have been received from clinician researchers from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in Phase 1 of the MIME Seed fund process. In this first phase clinician researchers in our partner hospitals were invited to outline areas of unmet clinical need that could potentially be addressed by engineering and IT innovation. The proposals received covered a broad range of clinical areas, such as cardiovascular, neuro and mental health, musculoskeletal, surgical training, trauma, cancer and kidney disease. The accepted proposals can be viewed on the MIME website.

Phase 2 is now open – we invite all Monash researchers to peruse the clinical opportunities put forward in Phase 1 to identify how your research expertise could potentially contribute to solving a major clinical need. The range of research expertise needed is also very broad – such as biomaterials, microfluidics, sensors, mechatronics, wearable technologies, image analysis, data mining, industrial design, CFD, biomarkers and bioinformatics, nanotechnology, decision support and app development.

For those topics where you have relevant expertise and are interested in being part of the solution team, please contact the clinician researcher to discuss the area further. Contact details are available on the MIME website. As many of the clinical needs will require a multidisciplinary team to solve the challenge, MIME is able to assist in arranging workshops or brainstorming sessions for potential team members. Please contact MIME's Executive Officer, Susan Newland susan.newland@monash.edu

When your team has formulated a proposed R&D program that addresses the clinical challenge, the lead researcher should submit a Phase 2 application for MIME seed funding. Up to $50 000 may be requested per project area, to deliver a meaningful outcome within 12-18 months. If the area of clinical need has a longer term research challenge that befits a PhD program, teams are invited to flag if they wish to co-supervise a PhD student. 11-12 MIME PhD scholarships are available.

Phase 2 application forms can be downloaded from the MIME website, and must be submitted to Susan Newland, susan.newland@monash.edu by 31 July. Any Monash staff member may submit the application or be part of the team, but the team must include the initiating clinician researcher, and a researcher from either Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of IT. In Phase 2, only submissions directly responding to a clinical opportunity put forward in Phase 1 are eligible for MIME seed funding.