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Apply Now: $850,000 NIH Grant Funding for Your mHealth Research Ideas

By Wayan Vota on October 7, 2019

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The enormous potential for mobile technology to transform health care, personal health management, and basic health research has led to the rapid development of new health-related phone applications, sensors, and devices.

The potential of mHealth is especially relevant to Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), where cell phone ownership is rising rapidly, but access to health care and providers is often limited. While this promise of mHealth is leading to a large increase in interventions that use mobile technology, research on these interventions is often lacking.

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In addition, advances in cell phone and tablet computing have increased the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to improve healthcare delivery. Significant research is still needed to understand how AI can be best utilized and whether it can be effectively incorporated into LMIC health systems.

mHealth Grants from US National Institutes of Health

As a result, the NIH wants to encourage exploratory research that studies the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mHealth interventions for LMICs that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics.

The Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries Grants will:

  • Catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research addressing global health problems
  • Develop an evidence base for mHealth technology to improve health outcomes,
  • Strengthen mobile health research capacity in LMICs.

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NIH grant funding will be for two separate phases of mHealth Research:

  • $125,000 per year for R21 phase technology development and feasibility studies over two years
  • $200,000 per year for R33 phase validation, larger-scale feasibility, and effectiveness studies for three years.

All applicants must address both the R21 and R33 phases and are required to propose partnerships between at least one U.S. institution and one LMIC institution.

Apply Now! Deadline is November 19, 2019

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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12 Comments to “Apply Now: $850,000 NIH Grant Funding for Your mHealth Research Ideas”

  1. I recently received one of these grants from the NIH, for details about my project, see: https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=9773492&icde=45783156&ddparam=&ddvalue=&ddsub=&cr=255&csb=default&cs=ASC&pball=

    Willing to share my proposal with people who might be interested in applying to this program.

    • Aziza says:

      Hi Susan, I’d love to see your proposal. I’m planning on applying, too.

    • Jesse Orndorff says:

      Hi Susan, I’d be interested as well. We are working on a AI solution that might be a good fit.

    • Solomon says:

      Hi Dr. Susan,
      I am from Ethiopia. I wanted to apply on this call. Will they accept my proposal if I don’t get a volunteer partnership institution from US?

  2. Camilius says:

    Greetings Prof Susan,

    thanks for this information

  3. Ruth Tenai says:

    How can we improve on health matters,assessments,training in matters regarding autism.Collection of data is imperative in Kenya.We still very much behind.Program implementation

  4. Kuve says:

    Please I want more explanation about NIH grant funding. I do not understand it.

  5. William Otto Okumu says:

    I need a support for building my school of technology in juba South Sudan of which it is running now
    Tel: +211921866668

  6. Meseret says:

    I need a support for doing my PhD research on Health Information system that can be applicable on Diagnostic laboratories in Ethiopia, East Africa.
    Tel: +251911825271

  7. Alexis says:

    It looks like you need a Dunn & Bradstreet number before you can apply and that takes up to 6 weeks to get. Is that correct? That doesn’t seem to provide enough time.

    • Wayan Vota says:

      The Dunn & Bradstreet number racket is one hell of a ripoff. The number should be instant (or nearly so), but they create that artificial 6-10 week wait so you’ll pay the $250 “expediting” fee. Sadly, Dunn & Bradstreet number is required to apply for US federal government awards.

  8. Nchabo Samunzala says:

    Im interested I want to be assisted in grant because I’m a hard working someone who do gardens in order to feed the less privileged in my home country Bot. I started last year and it’s hard for me due to finances since I’m not working I’m doing it for the Love of people and farming. I want my community to be a better community.please assist me. Me too I don’t have a place to stay and I know how it feels and I have children that’s why I’m standing up for those who are like me