bme-idea international


grant opportunities for BME faculty and students

The BME-IDEA International E-Team Grant Program offers grant of $13,000 to support collaboration between US-based BME design students and their counterparts across the BME-IDEA global network. 

$13,000 grants available to BME student teams and their faculty PIs!

  • Students will unlock $9,000 to advance their innovation and collaborate with international peers. We’re seeking teams developing a scalable engineering-based invention— including biomedical devices, healthcare diagnostic tools, and global health technologies—that addresses a critical social, environmental, or economic problem.
  • Accepted teams will take part in VentureWell’s online Pioneer entrepreneurship training workshop. During Pioneer, students will discover the best market for their invention and possible pathways for their venture.
  • Faculty will receive $4,000 travel grants to participate in global BME partner site visits, conferences, trainings, and advising opportunities. The program will connect and fund faculty to share resources, best practices, curriculum, challenges, and opportunities around innovation in BME design.

We aim to build strong partnerships between US-based and global BME design and innovation programs. Exchanges of faculty, students, resources, and best practices will foster the development of US-trained leaders in BME design and innovation who understand the challenges of teaching and practice in this field around the world—especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Africa and Latin America.

About the Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Alliance (BME-IDEA)
BME-IDEA is a consortium of leading faculty at over 150 institutions who are committed to sharing best practices in teaching innovation, design, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship. The Whitaker Foundation has supported interdisciplinary medical research, with a focus on biomedical engineering since 1975. The Foundation developed the Whitaker International Program to support the development of future biomedical engineering (BME) leaders with an international perspective and to create connections between the US and global BME community.


The BME-IDEA International Grant Program is offered in partnership with the Whitaker International Program.

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