9/9/2020 The eligibility criteria for the program has changed so that only investigators at U.S. institutions may apply. Refer to the FAQ below for more details and other changes.

The Restore Center awards Pilot Project grants to innovative and meritorious projects to accelerate the use of sensor and video technology in rehabilitation research and to advance real-world monitoring and delivery of medical rehabilitation for individuals with impaired movement. 

Program Details

Each pilot project can request access up to $30,000 of research funds over a one-year period. Pilot project awardees will gain access to mentoring and support from the Restore Center’s faculty and staff, in addition to funding for their research. Further, the program launches awardees into leadership roles within the Restore Center network. Projects should have a strong scientific component and demonstrate alignment with the Restore Center’s mission. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

Application Process

To apply for pilot funding, you should submit a research proposal with a scientific description of the project to be performed. The proposal should also convey the impact on rehabilitation and real-world monitoring technology. Additional materials to submit include CVs, a description of any funding and other support requested, and optionally, letters of support. Download the application.

Preference will be given to projects that limit indirect costs to 8%. Limiting indirect costs to 8% is not required. We will evaluate all applications, regardless of whether or not the applicants’ institutions agree to the 8% rate. The agreement to the lower indirect costs will only serve as a deciding factor if there are two similarly qualified applications under consideration for funding. Funding may be up to $30,000 in total costs, including any indirect costs assessed by awardees’ institutions. 

To submit your application:

  1. Send your written proposal and supporting materials electronically, preferably as a single PDF, to restore-center@stanford.edu.
  2. Complete the online application/registration form

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm local time, October 1, 2020

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: December 2020

FUNDING BEGINS: Early 2021

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Restore Center Staff and external advisors. Pilot project grants will be awarded based on several factors, chief among them:

  1. The potential impact of the proposed work on rehabilitation research
  2. The potential impact on methodologies and workflows for utilizing sensor and video technologies
  3. The likelihood of success in achieving the proposed research goals and follow-on funding
  4. Strength of the research record of the applicant(s)

The Restore Center and the Center for Smart Use of Technology to Assess Real World Outcomes (C-STAR) at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University are collaborating in our review of pilot project applications. Your application may be shared with C-STAR for funding consideration. You may apply to one or both pilot grant programs, but please indicate this in your application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is eligible to apply?

We welcome applicants from biomechanics, computer science, robotics, neuroscience, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthopedics, and other fields. We seek proposals from investigators with experience in the use of sensor or video technology who are conducting rehabilitation research in areas including but not limited to stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, prosthetics, orthotics, robotics-assisted therapy, low-back pain, and osteoarthritis. 

In order to apply, you must be eligible to be a Principal Investigator at your institution, a privilege typically granted to faculty members or senior research scientists.* At least 25%** of your time must be devoted to research. The PI must have a research doctorate or relevant clinical degree (MD, DPT) with some evidence of research training and experience.  There are no other restrictions related to prior or current funding or experience level. 

Postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and other staff can be included as personnel.

This program is limited to investigators from U.S. institutions.***

*Note that we have changed this requirement so that individuals who are not faculty members or research scientists, but who are eligible to be a PI at their institution, can now apply.
**Note that we have changed this requirement from 50% to 25%.
***We have updated our eligibility criteria such that only individuals based at U.S. institutions may apply, as per instructions received from the NIH.

What CVs are needed in the application?

Please include current CVs for the principal investigator (applicant) and any other personnel who will be paid by the project.  Please include other current funding sources in the CVs.

How can the funding be spent?

The funding can be spent on supplies, equipment, personnel (faculty, postdoc, or student), or other expenses needed to achieve the aims of the proposal.  The period of funding is up to one-year.

The funding can also be used for travel expenses, for example to visit the Stanford campus for access to software engineering support. 

What should be included in the detailed budget and justification?

Provide a detailed budget (up to $30,000 over a one-year period) using the table example below.  Include a brief narrative justification describing the responsibilities of personnel and any supplies and/or other expenses requested.

Personnel
Name & Role% EffortSalary RequestedBenefitsTotal Salary/Benefits
Jane Doe, Principal Investigator10%$7,500$1,823$9,323
John Doe, Research Assistant15%$5,250$1,586$6,836
Supplies$2,500
Other Expenses$4,000
Total Requested$22,659

What is expected at the conclusion of project funding?

All funded projects will be required to submit a progress report at the end of the funding period, describing their accomplishments. Awardees will also be expected to share the knowledge they have gained by establishing a Simtk.org project describing the pilot project—the goals of the project and what was achieved. Furthermore, we strongly encourage awardees to share any research results (software, models, data) with the larger community through their Simtk.org project.

Proposals will also be judged on the likelihood that the project will result in future extramural funding.  A study will be prioritized if there is a high likelihood that the results, data, models, or software tools generated will lead to a larger, more definitive project that will be competitive for extramural funding.

How many pilot project awards will be given?

We anticipate awarding up to 3 pilot grants, depending on the quality of applications received. If there are more high-quality applications than we are able to fund, we plan to offer travel awards to a future workshop.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions about the program or the application process, contact Dr. Jennifer Hicks at 650-498-4403 or email us at restore-center@stanford.edu.