The Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) is part of a national rehabilitation research infrastructure network of centers. TREAT is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) # R24HD065703. Our focus is on the education of rehabilitation engineers, researchers and clinicians. We teach practical methodologies that foster technology transfer and commercialization of rehabilitation and assistive technology concepts and products.
Sabbaticals and Pilot Grants are available for researchers and projects that are: 1) at an early stage and need support to create pilot data that may eventually lead to an extramurally funded project or third party investment or 2) for advancing the development and commercialization of an existing technology related to rehabilitation (research) at any pre-commercial stage.
Rehabilitation Engineers are welcome to take part in one or more of three core programs:
Our mandate is to help you, the inventor, take your product, technology or service through a commercialization process. We use a step-by-step method with tools that provide objective measures and milestones. You may engage TREAT for a formal evaluation of your technology and the market, use our advanced prototyping capabilities for technical feasibility analysis or design for manufacturing, and benefit from our comparative effectiveness research trial design expertise.
Our clients have won design awards, business competitions, received government funding and successfully transitioned to sales and sustainability.
Our focus is on product development and technology transfer for technologies that are rehabilitative or in the Assistive Technology markets.
All Intellectual Property belongs to you the inventor. We focus on showing you a way to achieve technology transfer. This usually requires the technology to become robust and mature enough to be ready for manufacture. Part of our Technology and Market Assessment Process is to help you make sure that your IP is protected so that you can decide the best path for your technology.
TREAT is an NIH funded R24 Center within Simbex.
The applications and request for applications (RFA) links are found here. If you are interested in applying, please download both documents.
If you are a rehabilitation or assistive technology researcher, engineer, or clinician with an idea or project that could take advantage of any of our three core programs, you are encouraged to apply or contact us for more information. We usually ask for you to first go through a Technology and Market Assessment process. You can either do that through us or perhaps working with a local business school, business incubator, or product development think tank.
We will award multiple Pilot Grants and Sabbaticals in amount of $10,000 to $25,000. The amount awarded will depend on the complexity of the project as well as the amount of time needed.
You are encouraged to submit an application through which ever means you prefer. Please be aware that we only allow up to an 8% institutional indirect rate on any budget submitted.
We have supported RESNA's mission to educate rehabilitation engineers and develop assistive technology solutions for a number of years. We primarily focus on sponsoring RESNA's Student Design Competition and have worked to develop a prize that dovetails well with this competition and is awarded at RESNA's Annual Conference.