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Funding Available for Hand Proprioception Research and Development

June 13, 2014



by MARY GRACE DEJUCOS Targeted News Service

WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Biological Technologies Office has announced that it expects to award a cooperative agreement grant for a program to develop new science and technology to achieve closed-loop control of dexterous mechatronic prostheses.

No award amount was specified for this program.

This funding opportunity is open to any entity, such as state, county, city, township and special district governments; Native American tribal governments and organizations; institutions of higher education; Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribally-Controlled Colleges and Universities; non-profits; for-profits; small businesses; eligible agencies of the federal government; and faith-based or community organizations

A funding opportunity notice from the DARPA Biological Technologies Office states: "The HAPTIX [Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces] program will develop new science and technology to achieve closed-loop control of dexterous mechatronic prostheses that will provide amputees with prosthetic limb systems that feel and function like natural limbs. HAPTIX will focus on development of implantable peripheral interfaces for volitional motor recording and sensory feedback signals; implantable electronic systems to transferport information between these interface(s) and the prosthesis; and sophisticated encoding and decoding algorithms to transform recorded volitional motor control signals into limb movements and patterned stimulation into naturalistic touch and proprioceptive sensations. System performance and the ultimate benefit to prosthetic users will be determined in a year-long, take-home trial before the end of the HAPTIX program."

The funding opportunity number is DARPA-BAA-14-30 (CFDA 12.910). The application closing date is Sept. 20.

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