Request for Proposals

The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) Endowment offers this Request for Proposals to members of faculty of the University of Illinois College of Engineering at Urbana-Champaign, members of faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and/or OSF HealthCare clinicians. The goal of this competitive grant is to improve healthcare quality and patient safety through the combined efforts of engineers and clinicians.


The request for Proposals Opens: September 23, 2016.
Submission Deadline: October 24, 2016 at 6pm CST

A link to the online submission mechanism which closely followed the NIH R21 mechanism format will be available on and on https:/

While a project may exceed $50,000 in total funding for a single year, the strongest proposals will have a well developed justification for expenses above this level.

How to prepare a responsive application

The goal of this program is to use our combined expertise in the broad areas of Sensing Devices, Materials and Mechanics, Health Information Technologies, Simulation, Human Factors/Industrial Ergonomics and Design for executing collaborative projects which could be used for and directed to simulation in training of the healthcare practitioners of tomorrow. This partnership will strive to achieve our mutual goals of infusing the future of medicine with our strengths in engineering and technology. Simulation has the power to radically improve the way we deliver care, our ability to cut care costs, and the way we train and develop providers—at OSF and other institutions.

Proposals will be evaluated for alignment to OSF and healthcare goals surrounding (i) advanced aging, (ii) serving disadvantaged populations, (iii) radical access to care and (iv) simulation. The proposed research should address the needs of clinical simulations and training, and be amenable to translational activities, which lend themselves to full deployment and commercialization of the outcomes for use in medical training.

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 proposed [Approach].

Proposals must identify two Co-Investigators: one from the University of Illinois College of Engineering at Urbana-Champaign and one from among the clinicians providing care within OSF HealthCare.

A funding information session was hosted at Jump on March 9. Download the PowerPoint that explains Jump ARCHES and provides resources and information for the submission process.

Download Jump ARCHES Information Session March 9 PDF