Monash Partners and the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) 2019 Seed Funds Grant Round results

Monash Partners is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 MIME Seed Fund Grant round, you can see the results, HERE.

Some Background

Monash Partners and Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) have been working closely in recent years to foster and support collaboration between health service clinicians and Monash University engineers focussed on translational research to develop improved medical devices, processes, or intervention strategies to address unmet clinical and patient needs.

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2019 MIME Seed Fund Grant round, established in 2015 to accelerate the development of new medical devices, technologies, and processes that specifically address significant unmet clinical and patient needs. The 2019 funding round has continued to build on the success of previous rounds by establishing new collaborative, clinically focused translational research and development projects and multidisciplinary teams.

Through the Seed Fund Grants Program MIME is continuing to strengthen the collaborative relationships between Monash Partners member organisations, The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science (FMNHS) affiliated clinicians, and researchers in the Faculties of Engineering, I.T, Art Design and Architecture (MADA) and Science.

Building on previous years, the 2019 MIME Seed Fund round has proven to be an overwhelming success with 19 project-proposal applications for unmet clinical needs submitted by our clinicians following the Affinity Meeting process. These 19 concept-proposals resulted in 17 full project proposals that were rigorously reviewed and ranked by a panel of discipline experts. Of these 17 proposals, 12 were short-listed for further consideration, and the teams invited to make a formal presentation to an expert panel, who then chose 9 projects for Seed Fund Grants and 1 project to receive a Top-Up Grant (this project having received a Seed Fund Grant in the 2017 Round).

As a result, over $510,000 in Seed and Top-Up Grant funding has been awarded for 2019.

The Co-Directors would also like to thank all clinicians who submitted an unmet clinical need and all researchers who submitted a project proposal. We extend our congratulations to the top 10 successful project teams, and look forward to the 2020 MIME Seed Fund round.