Pilot B Funding: Geriatrics and Age-Related Conditions

RFP for Pilot B: The Johns Hopkins Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratory (JH AITC) is seeking proposals that facilitate the rapid development and implementation of novel artificial intelligence (AI) and technology solutions that improve the health and well-being of older persons.  The JH AITC welcomes applications from investigators with engineering, clinical, nursing, public health, or business backgrounds and proposes funding approximately $475,000 for pilot projects in 2023. Proposed budgets can range from $10,000-200,000 over one to two years.  Applicants from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Acceptable proposals must demonstrate some viable pathway towards product development and must prioritize the use of engineered and AI based approaches such as robotics, machine learning, big data analytics, image and biometrics scanning, speech and natural language processing, integrated platforms, mobile/smart devices and apps, and nanobiotechnologies.    Emergent technologies, as well as the adaptation of existing technologies or AI approaches to address aging related health problems, are encouraged. Proposals are expected to describe plans for pre-competitive data sharing in a consortium data commons and NIA archive. Areas of programmatic interest for funding from this pilot core along with examples of potential projects are listed below.

Areas of Programmatic Interest

Patient Care and Engagement

  • Personalized diagnostics and treatment
  • Behavior training for exercise compliance
  • Optimal again and resiliency
  • Frailty and sarcopenia prevention
  • Nutritional optimization
  • Social engagement
  • Telemedicine
  • Safety at home

Diagnostics and Assessment

  • Geroscience diagnostics approaches
  • Polypharmacy detection and treatment
  • Pre-procedure risk assessment
  • Comorbidity risk assessment
  • Early detection of frailty

System Management and Administration                   

  • Clinical workflows
  • Population health monitoring
  • Rural and urban management systems
  • Expenditure and population risk
  • Detection of healthcare disparities
  • Provider alerts and decision support

Caregiver and Workforce

  • Caregiver wellness
  • Caregiver education and skills training
  • Caregiver emotional and financial support
  • Provider training and continuing education
  • Communication between diverse services

***Of note, these pilot awards are not meant to fund projects related to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or other dementias.   See PILOT Core A RFP for AD/ADRC related funding opportunities.

Resource Access:  A broad variety of resources are potentially available to facilitate development and completion of pilot projects.

  • clinical research personnel to assist with the development and implementation of a clinical study
  • a registry of older adults from which to recruit
  • older adult stakeholders from urban and rural areas
  • a network of potential research subjects from these areas
  • technology development and feasibility testing
  • data base, data collection, and data analytical expertise
  • market and business model validation, and business networking opportunities

Application Process: 

A common application process is available through this link. The deadline for submitting applications is February 18, 2022. Further information about this program and about JH AITC resources can be directed to [email protected].