Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships (HISS)

Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships (HISS)

HISS is a partnership between Monash Young MedTech Innovators (MYMI), Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) and Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, to demonstrate the untapped student innovation ecosystem at Monash University and educate future innovators within healthcare.

The program connects clinicians who seek a technological solution to frontline health problems with high performing undergraduate and masters students from across Monash University motivated to develop new medical technologies.

Clinicians and students work together over 12 weeks to evaluate concepts for new technologies and create innovative proof-of-concept prototypes with potential for tangible real-world clinical outcomes.

The purpose of HISS is to connect students from across faculties and disciplines to evaluate concepts for new solutions and create proof-of-concepts for real world problems.


The Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships enable clinicians to:

  • Mentor and work with highly motivated interdisciplinary teams of students to validate tech-agnostic concepts or ideas to address a current unmet clinical need.
  • Identify routes for collaboration between Departments and Disciplines.
  • Learn about innovation and Health Centred Design in healthcare and how research can be translated into practice in real world settings. A key pillar of the HISS program is Human Centred Design and incorporating this process into medical technology, healthcare and biomedical innovation. This approach is modelled and adapted from methods pioneered by Stanford Biodesign, The Mayo Clinic, and the National Health Service.
  • Advocate for an unmet need within your own networks and lend your lived experiences to student researchers.
  • Collaborate with student teams in co-creating or ideating solutions.
  • Mentor and help student teams navigate the healthcare ecosystem.

Key dates and process

Monday 1 August 2022Clinician proposal submission opens
Monday 3 October 2022 Clinician proposal submission closes
October 2022 Proposals screened and selected
October 2022 Successful clinician submissions notified
November 2022 Selected projects matched with students based on interest, background and skillset
November 2022 HISS program starts

Expectations and responsibilities

A Clinical Champion will provide sufficient supervision to the scholarship holder, particularly during the first four weeks, that allows them to fully understand the unmet clinical need and clinical context for the project’s application.

A weekly meeting with the student(s) in the first four weeks, and meeting once every two to three weeks for the remaining eight weeks (by video conference or in person).

The MYMI/HISS Academic Coordinator, Dr Jason Brenker and MIME Program Manager, Andrew Carey will be involved in these meetings (as is necessary and as scheduling allows) to provide direction and feedback.

Project funding awarded

Congratulations to Project Aeris and Project Rudolph who have received funding to progress their work following the 2021/22 HISS program. This will allow these projects to progress to the next stage of development, on their path to clinical impact.

Past projects

The HISS program was established in 2019/2020 and our various clinicians plus research project teams have helped create many new and different solutions to some of the healthcare industries biggest problems, as outlined below.



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