Intuitive is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support Technology Research Grants in 2020.
Overview: The purpose of these grants is to support technology research in the field of surgical robotics, or related fields. Successful proposals will address clinically-relevant technology development. Grants will be awarded to researchers at non-profit academic institutions worldwide. Awards will be conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application.
Available Grants: Applicants may apply for $10,000 to $60,000 of funding per project (US Dollars, total costs). The grant monies can be used to fund salaries, equipment, supplies and/or travel required to support the proposed research project for a period of up to one year.
We have identified key research areas of interest for the 2020 technology grant program. Principal Investigators are encouraged, although not required to submit proposals that fall into one or more of the Grant Categories:
Endoluminal Systems: Research focused on developing flexible endoscopes, catheters, and instruments for applications that are accessed via or through lumens in the body. Examples may include:
Instruments and Accessories: Research focused on instruments and accessories (I&A) that, together with a robotic surgical system, enable surgeons to deliver improved therapy for better treatment of patients. Examples may include:
Intelligent Systems: Research focused on new technologies or algorithms that improve the capabilities of da Vinci systems based on data-driven models of the surgeon, the da Vinci system, and/or the environment. Examples may include:
Navigation and Guidance: Research focused on developing technology to improve surgical outcomes by navigation and guidance solutions. Examples may include:
Novel System Architecture: Exploration of novel system-level concepts for robot-assisted intervention. Examples may include:
Training Technologies: Research focused on developing and testing computerized hardware and software to train or evaluate the technical skills required by members of a da Vinci surgical team. Examples may include:
User Interface / Controls: Pursue research on methods that augment human-in-the-loop perception, decision-making and control when performing minimally invasive surgical tasks.
Vision: Research focused on developing and testing imaging hardware and software to augment surgeon knowledge about anatomy, tissue or disease state. Examples may include:
Selection Process: Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent to propose (LOI), as detailed below. Grant LOIs will be reviewed and ranked by an internal selection committee. Those pre-proposals meeting a predetermined scoring threshold will be invited to submit a full grant application (not exceeding 10 pages, excluding bibliography and references). All invited full grant applications will be reviewed and scored based on the following criteria:
Letters of intent and full grant proposals will be handled in a confidential manner and will not be distributed beyond the grant selection committee at Intuitive. Due to the expected volume of proposals, we regret that the committee will not be able to provide detailed individualized feedback for unsuccessful proposals.
Letter of Intent Guidelines: A two-page letter of intent to propose should be submitted by all grant applicants. Submissions will consist of 5 parts:
Important Safety Information
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain.
Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; a longer operative time, the need to convert to an open approach, or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure could result in a longer operative time, a longer time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Contraindications applicable to the use of conventional endoscopic instruments also apply to the use of all da Vinci instruments.
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