ARPA-H Funding Priority

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) was formally established in May 2022 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This new agency “will support transformative high-risk, high-reward research to drive biomedical and health breakthroughs—ranging from molecular to societal—that would provide transformative solutions for all patients.” 

ARPA-H Funding Opportunities

IHSI will share funding opportunities as they become available. Please subscribe to ARPA-H updates to be notified of the most up-to-date information specifically for Illinois researchers. 

Open BAA

The Open BAA seeks “funding proposals for research aiming to improve health outcomes across patient populations, communities, diseases, and health conditions.” ARPA-H will be accepting and funding proposals throughout the fall and winter, with a submission deadline of March 14, 2024 for the Open BAA. 

Illinois is using a Special Programs application process for the Open BAA.

ARPA-H is limiting each institution to three ongoing concurrent awards through the Open BAA. Illinois is using the established Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Special Programs application process as a mechanism for reviewing abstracts before submission. By coordinating our university’s response, we demonstrate our institution’s ability to work collaboratively across campus and may identify opportunities to strengthen applications. Abstracts will be accepted for internal review on the 15th of every month through Feb. 15, 2024.

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Precision Surgical Interventions (PSI) BAA

The Precision Surgical Interventions (PSI) program was announced in July 2023 to develop novel technologies for more precise cancer tumor removal. The  PSI Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) calls for proposals focused on cancer localization, healthy structure localization, and improving outcomes during surgery. Abstracts are due Sept. 21, 2023.  

Illinois is organizing a coordinated response to the PSI BAA. 

Illinois is planning to put forth at least one PSI proposal. If you are interested in the new PSI program, please contact Deborah Miller, Assistant Director for Clinical Partnerships, to be part of our campus response and contribute topics for our sidebar with program officers.

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Illinois is well-positioned to respond to ARPA-H's mission.

IHSI and the Office of Proposal Development are providing support for ARPA-H proposals.  We will continue to work closely with our colleagues at Lewis-Burke Associates and serve as a resource for anyone interested in connect with other researchers and pursuing ARPA-H funding. Please contact Maggie Berg, IHSI Research Development Manager. 

“[Illinois’] can-do spirit of innovation and creativity is just one of the reasons that I’m so excited about ARPA-H.”

Susan Martinis
Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation