Administering health care in space demands innovative biomedical solutions. Small companies developing products that can be modified for use in space may be eligible for a unique funding opportunity offered through the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

NSBRI’s Industry Forum  is soliciting applications for its Space Medical and Related Technologies Commercialization Assistance Program (SMARTCAP) . SMARTCAP grants are used to accelerate the development of products meeting a need on Earth as well as in space. Current priorities include non-invasive approaches to assess brain and ocular health, diagnostic and therapeutic devices using ultrasound and other non-invasive modalities, and miniaturized mass spectrometry solutions.

SMARTCAP now accepts grant applications year-round, with reviews and awards made quarterly. To be considered during grant cycle one (January-April, 2014), the 1-2 page(s) applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. central time, Feb. 13, 2014. Other grant cycle deadlines, submission guidelines and additional information regarding SMARTCAP can be found at www.smartcap.org .

Grant recipients must secure a 100-percent match in funding. This leveraging of federal funding actively fosters public-private collaborations and partnerships.

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