Focused Technology Research and Development
Supports projects that focus solely on development of technologies with the potential to enable acquisition of basic biomedical knowledge. Projects should be justified in terms of technical innovation, and utility for future biomedical impact. The products of this research will be functioning prototype instruments, methods, synthetic approaches, biological products, characterized adequately to be ready for first application to the type of biomedical research questions that provide the rationale for their development. Application of the proposed technology to specific biomedical questions is considered beyond the scope of the program, should not be included, and would not be funded. Proof of concept for the technology must have already been demonstrated, but there should still be significant technical challenges.