Research funding for Healthcare

Microsoft Research is supporting "Cell Phone as a Platform for Healthcare" and has opened a RFP towards making 20 awards  totaling $1,000,000. This RFP is aimed at faculty with research interests in devices, smartphones, healthcare, social networking, human factors, natural languages, speech recognition, voice-activated systems, semantics, and related areas.

This worldwide RFP seeks to incubate creative and novel healthcare solutions that are accessible, affordable, and relevant for ‘smart’ mobile phones. An additional focus is the creation of appropriate services, systems, and infrastructures to provide solutions to the global healthcare community. We feel that cell phones and inexpensive, commonly available sensor devices have an opportunity to reach people who until now have not previously had access to technology-based healthcare solutions.  Along with the funding, awardees will receive cellphones and relevant software to help enable their research.

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  • Deadline for proposal submissions: October 29, 2007, Noon, PDT
  • Notification of Awards: January, 2008

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