• LOI: 11/20/2017
  • Proposal: 02/05/2017


  • Amount: up to $1.3m
  • Duration: 2 years


The MSISRP Toward A Next-Generation Trauma Care System: Foundational Research for Autonomous, Unmanned, and Robotics Development of Medical Technologies (FORwARD) award is expected to facilitate cutting-edge, next generation scientific studies and to promote significant innovation in the state-of-the-art and basic, foundational, and ground-breaking research in technologies, including biologically-inspired models of cognitive computing, neural networks, environmental sensing and other approaches to adaptive, autonomous inference generation and artificial intelligence in the medical domain to dramatically advance first responder/point of injury trauma care and outcomes. MSISRP is seeking highly imaginative and innovative basic research ideas and concepts for a next-generation military and civilian trauma care system that is responsive to remote, mass casualty, disaster and/or military combat-related trauma care requirements.

The MSISRP FORwARD Award mechanism is being offered for the first time in FY17. This mechanism supports basic research to increase knowledge/understanding through discovery and hypothesis generation, and should focus on providing basic fundamental knowledge that will inform and enable the future development of novel autonomous and/or robotic medical systems to care for wounded soldiers/patients through breakthrough, exploratory research.

The objective of the FY17 MSISRP FORwARD Award is focused on addressing the following Topic Areas:

1. Autonomous and Unmanned Medical Capability – Identify novel ideas, approaches and research towards the conceptualization of autonomous and unmanned technologies for next-generation, high-quality medical capabilities with limited or absent medical care personnel, or personnel with limited skills. Research novel concepts, plausible approaches and advanced concept designs using biologically inspired cognitive computing models, machine learning, artificial intelligence, soft robotic semi-autonomous/autonomous resuscitation concepts and advanced applications of information sciences among other innovative, exploratory research towards advancing the state-of-the-art in delivery of forward resuscitative care at the point of injury.
2. Medical Robotics Research – Identify novel ideas, approaches and research towards the conceptualization of medical robotics and real-time tele-presence capabilities exploring the limits of machine perception for tele-robotic semi-autonomous and autonomous trauma care within remote and dispersed geographic settings. This could include exploratory research in semi-autonomous robotic surgery to improve the safety profile and efficacy of tele-surgical procedures and outcomes using hard robotics in challenging situations (e.g., combat casualties on the multi-domain battlefield or mass casualty situations) and remote or austere geographic locations, among other innovative, exploratory research aims and novel concepts.