Jump ARCHES Fall 2021 Priority RFP Call


The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) endowment offers this priority Request for Proposals to members of the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, health care providers of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and/or OSF HealthCare clinicians.


Phase I: The goal of this priority RFP is to address the unprecedented challenges faced by our community and society as we develop policies and procedures for health care delivery through new mediums including tele-health platforms, and to improve health care quality and patient safety through the combined efforts of researchers, engineers, clinicians, and social and behavioral scientists. The award is for one year of startup/seed money support up to $75,000. Phase II: The goal of the phase II proposal is to award grants to projects that have shown exceptional progress towards meeting the overall goals of Jump ARCHES.

To achieve this goal and promote collaboration between institutions, OSF HealthCare and the Health Care Engineering Systems Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign encourage applicants to inquire if their ideas require facilities or technologies that they cannot access at their home institution. Examples of such facilities and technologies may include simulation areas, robotics technology, 3D printing, or other prototyping and manufacturing needs. View these facilities on the HCESC website, Jump Simulation Center Urbana website, and Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center Peoria website.

Focus Areas

To be considered for finding, projects should focus on one of the following:

  • Promoting recovery post-COVID-19 or similar health crises, both from a patient level and broader perspective of public health as well as the social and economic impact on health care.
  • Addressing evolving standards of care to incorporate personalized precision medicine and genomic best practices.
  • Advancing data security and privacy, and serving to increase institutional and patient confidence in sharing sensitive health data.
  • Addressing treatment and the health literacy of historically underserved populations.
  • Reducing the administrative burden at the bedside to increase the quality of patient interactions.
  • Assisting in diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders through collaborative efforts with the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute.

Solutions will incorporate aspects of the following:

  1. Digital Health and Data Science: This area concerns designing and applying software tools to improve healthcare delivery through actionable intelligence, creating assets via smart privacy protective data collection/sharing solutions (blockchain, federated learning), and developing predictive AI/ML algorithms. Clinical fields of interest are population health and engagement, outpatient compliance, and disease progression predictions.
  2. Health Equities and Community Health: This area concerns mitigating the impact of age, location, and social barriers in delivering quality health care to vulnerable populations. Special emphasis will be given to proposals that address racism, social justice, social and implicit biases, health equity, and access.
  3. Simulation, Education, and Emerging Technologies: This area concerns using simulation and other virtual or augmented reality technologies to train and evaluate current and future medical professionals, including design of hardware-based simulators with a focus on Human Factors and Interprofessional Education. Further technologies such as AR/VR/MR, medical and healthcare robotics, smart sensors, and point-of-care devices will be given preference.

Jump ARCHES has funded over 94 projects at a total of $6 million since 2014.
View all funded projects here: https://healtheng.illinois.edu/jumparches/fundedgrants.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be specifically evaluated for their respective alignment to program goals (relevance), the potential impact on patient and learner outcomes (impact), and the proposed plan and quality of the team (approach).

Investigators may request Phase II funding if Phase I projects have met specified goals. Furthermore, the PI must have demonstrated at least one of the following outcomes from Phase I:

  1. Submission of proposal to external funding source
  2. OTM disclosure/patent application
  3. Technology license or successful implementation of Phase I results at OSF or a related health care organization. 

A final project report showing successful completion of Phase I is required before a Phase II proposal can be considered.

Application Preparation

Please refer to the application documents:

Application Instructions Example RFP Budget  
Data Assistance Form    


For the preparation of a responsive application, please contact:

Antonios Michalos, MD, MS, Associate Director of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center
(217) 244-4563

For questions on the submission of the application, please contact:

Seth Stutzman, SS, BS
ARCHES Program Coordinator
(309) 308-9409

Submitting Your Application

Applications can be submitted starting Friday, October 1. Submit your applications as a PDF document, following the ARCHES application instructions, via email to michalos@illinois.edu and seth.t.stutzman@jumpsimulation.org.

The deadline is Friday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m.