34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Wyss Institute – IEEE EMBS Award for Translational Research

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Wyss Institute – IEEE EMBS Award for Translational Research to be awarded at the EMBC'12 meeting in San Diego, California, August 28-September 1, 2012. The award will recognize translational engineering projects with the potential for making a transformative impact on healthcare safety, quality, effectiveness, accessibility and affordability. Submissions are open to biomedical engineers and scientists from academic institutions worldwide. Six finalists will be invited to present in person to a panel of experts at the conference. The top three finalists (individuals or teams) will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively and recognition at the EMBC'12 meeting of their achievement.


Each one-page submission must provide the following information:

  • Title describing the project;
  • Applicant(s) and their affiliations;
  • A two paragraph description of the project that includes
    • summary of objectives and results;
    • the potential for translation, healthcare impact and innovation.

All submissions must use the template provided HERE.
Please upload your submission using our online form HERE.

Applicants are encouraged to provide one or two illustrative images or a short (<3 min) video showing implementation. Reduction to practice in a proof of concept is encouraged but not required. Only original work where the applicant has made significant contributions to the design, implementation and innovation described in the submission will be considered.

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    • Does the project address an important problem or overcome a critical barrier to progress in the field?
    • How will the project transform healthcare?
    • Does the project have the commercial potential to lead to a marketable product, service or process?
  • Innovation
    • Does the project challenge and seek to shift current healthcare paradigms utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions?
    • Are the concepts novel to one field of research or in a broad sense?
  • Quality and Clarity of Oral Presentation

Key Dates

  • Submission Deadline - July 25, 2012
  • Finalists Announced - August 13, 2012 (updated!)
  • Finalist Presentations & Awards - During conference (exact date to be announced)

About the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University (http://wyss.harvard.edu) uses Nature’s design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world. Working as an alliance among Harvard’s Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences, and in partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Boston University, the Institute crosses disciplinary and institutional barriers to engage in high-risk research that leads to transformative technological breakthroughs. By emulating Nature’s principles for self-organizing and self-regulating, Wyss researchers are developing innovative new engineering solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing. These technologies are translated into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators, corporate alliances, and new start-ups.

About the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS)

Your global connection to the world of biomedical engineering.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) (http://www.embs.org) is the world's largest international society of biomedical engineers. The organization's 9,100 members reside in some 97 countries around the world. EMBS provides its members with access to the people, practices, information, ideas and opinions that are shaping one of the fastest growing fields in science.