News and events

September, 2019

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

Monash Partners and MIME have been working closely together 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.

We 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.

The results of the 2019 funding round are listed in the Table below.

Title of Project Clinical Champion Additional collaboration researchers

Improving outcomes in CPR patients

A.Prof Dion Stub

Lead CI Dr Andrew Stephens

Dr Shaun Gregory

Dr Aidan Burrell

Dr Christopher Nickson

Developing automated technology to improve neonatal breath sound assessment

Dr Atul Malhotra

Lead CI Dr Faezeh Marzbanrad

The “melanopic eye” wearable for healthy light exposure

A.Prof Sean Cain

Lead CI Dr Jon McCormack

Prof Daphne Flynn

Dr. Rowan Page

Dr. Andrew Phillips

A/Prof Vineetha Kalvally

Dr. Elise McGlashan

Improved outcomes for trauma patients

Prof Silvana Marasco

Lead CI Dr Andrew Stephens

Dr Shaun Gregory

Dr Aidan Burrell

Prof Dr Kumud Dhital

Adj.Prof Robert Salamonsen

Lasse Strudthoff

Early detection of carbapenem resistance

Prof Anton Peleg

Lead CI Prof Nicolas Voelcker

Prof Jonathan Baell

Dr Beatriz Prieto-Simon

Dr Roshan Bharath Vasani

Dr Glen Carter

Prof Stephen Rose

Accelerometer for head injury

Prof Biswadev Mitra

Lead CI Dr Elahe Abdi

Dr Faezeh Marzbanrad

Dr Teresa Howard

Prof Jeffrey Rosenfeld

Development of a 3D ophthalmic simulator model

Prof Zoe Keon-Cohen

Lead CI Prof Zoe Keon-Cohen

Dr Andrey Molotnikov

Prof Paul McMenamin

Dr Sam Liu

Dr Thomas Hardy

Simulation-based ECMO educational model

A.Prof Vincent Pellegrino

Lead CI Dr Shaun Gregory

Rezan Jafary

Dr Sam Liao

Dr Andrew Stephens

Dr Ashkan Vatani

Divindi Tarushi

Dr Aidan Burrell

Dr Chris Nickson

Dr Steven McGloughlin

Dr. Timothy Byrne

Simulation-based ECMO educational model

A.Prof Vincent Pellegrino

Lead CI Sam Liao

Dr Shaun Gregory

Rezan Jafary

Dr Andrew Stephens

Dr Ashkan Vatani

Dr Aidan Burrell

Dr Chris Nickson

Dr Steven McGloughlin

Dr. Timothy Byrne

Top Up Funding

Thrombosis in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

A.Prof Vincent Pellegrino

Lead CI Dr Shaun Gregory

A.Prof Christoph Hagemeyer

Dr Erik Westein

Akshita Rana

Dr Beeri Niego

Prof Julio Soria

Dr Isaac Pinar

Prof Harshal Nandurkar

Dr Ashkan Vatani

Dr Sam Liao

Dr Josie Carberry

Prof David Kaye

Dr Aidan Burrell

A/Prof Robert Salamonsen

March, 2019

Seed Fund Affinity Meetings

Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) is preparing to launch its annual seed fund. The 2019 MIME Seed Fund will be initiated through a series of affinity meetings with our partner hospitals.

Tuesday, 12 March MIME Monash Partners Affinity Meeting 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Thursday, 14 March MIME Alfred Health Affinity Meeting 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Tuesday, 19 March MIME Monash Health Affinity Meeting 3.00pm to 6.00pm

The 2019 round of the MIME Seed Fund is designed to build on the collaborative framework of MIME established in recent years. Applications may request up to $50,000 per project for medtech collaborative projects involving a MNHS clinician researcher and a Monash engineering or IT researcher. Cardiac and big data themed proposals will be highly regarded and may attract a higher level of funding. Successful applicants of the 2018 MIME Seed Fund round are also invited to apply for top up funding as part of the 2019 Seed Fund round and previously unsuccessful applications can also be resubmitted for consideration.

The funding will be directed to projects that can achieve a meaningful outcome within 12-18 months, e.g. proof-of-concept data or initial prototype. The seed funding is aimed at progressing a project to the point that the research team is well positioned to then secure external funding from industry or grants to progress the next phase of the R&D.

Like the previous rounds of the MIME Seed Fund, there will be two stages to the application process: an initial call to clinicians to define areas of unmet clinical need, followed by an invitation to all Monash staff to respond with proposed solutions. All Monash staff are eligible to participate in the multidisciplinary ‘solution' teams. Researchers from MIME partner institutions are also invited to participate as members of the collaborative teams.

For further details please visit the MIME Seed Fund webpage https://www.monash.edu/mime/seed

DateItem
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 MIME Monash Partners Affinity Meeting
Thursday, 14 March 2019 MIME Alfred Health Affinity Meeting
Friday, 19 March 2019 MIME Monash Health Affinity Meeting
Friday, 22 March 2019 Call to clinicians for unmet needs opens (Phase 1)
Sunday, 07 April 2019 Call to clinicians for unmet needs closes (Phase 1)
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 Phase 1 proposals meeting selection criteria announced on a secure page of the MIME website (must have Monash Authcate to access) ready for researchers to view to form solutions
Thursday, 11 April 2019 Call for solutions opens (Phase 2)
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 Call for solutions closes (Phase 2)
Week commencing Monday 08 July 2019 Panel interviews
Week commencing Monday 5 August 2019 Announcement of successful candidates