Limited Submission Programs - BMEStart 2014 Competition

Summary of Opportunity
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance - BMEStart 2014 Competition
OSP Deadline 04/28/14
Funding Agency Deadline


Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: Since 2010, the BMEStart competition has recognized the finest in undergraduate biomedical engineering innovation. Strong BMEStart submissions define a problem to be solved and demonstrate the development of a device, product, or technology designed to solve it. Examples include but are not limited to: surgical devices, home health care devices, diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative applications, rehabilitative and assistive technologies, or other innovations that will have a substantial impact on clinical care and patient outcomes.

The BMEStart competition is open to undergraduate students only (for mixed student teams, see the BMEIdea competition). Students enrolled in senior biomedical engineering capstone design courses are especially encouraged to apply to BMEStart. Multidisciplinary teams are also encouraged to apply and may include undergraduate students from diverse fields such as business, nursing, physical therapy, life sciences, physical sciences, or other related disciplines. Inter-institutional collaborations are also encouraged; in these cases we require a faculty advisor from each institution. Each team must include at least one engineering student.

BMEStart awards are presented at the BMES meeting each year. Competition winners will receive cash awards ($10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third place), as well as access to resources to be used for further development and commercialization of their products. They will also have the opportunity to present their designs and business plans to representatives of investor organizations. Cash prizes will be disbursed to each of the winning team's departments to be allocated at the discretion of the faculty advisor.

Team members have rights to all intellectual property, subject to the rules of their home institutions, unless assigned to others in exchange for support, sponsorship, or funding. Teams will be encouraged to retain a significant and motivating interest in their project results.

Competition registration and materials submission take place online via NCIIA’s competition tools. There is a limit of 3 entries per department within an academic institution; it is up to each department to coordinate which entries are submitted.

The BMEStart competition is sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) with support from The Lemelson Foundation, in partnership with IEEE EMBS, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and the Council of Chairs of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Programs.

Please see the solicitation for complete information.


The BMEStart competition is open to all undergraduate student teams at colleges and universities. Eligible teams must include at least one engineering student.

Teams that include graduate students are not eligible for the BMEStart competition, but should consider applying for NCIIA's BMEIdea competition.

PLEASE NOTE: A faculty advisor must verify his/her support of this competition entry. Applicants will be prompted to verify the support of a faculty advisor in Step 3 of this online competition application tool. Please allow several days for the faculty advisor to respond. The application CANNOT be submitted without his/her support.

Applicable Field(s)


Number of Nominees Allowed There is a limit of 3 entries per department within an academic institution, and it is up to each department to coordinate which entries are submitted.
Required Internal Review Documents


Associate Deans or Designates should inform OSP of their candidates by sending an email to as soon as a decision is reached.

Your College may submit up to three (3) entries.

**Note to Potential Applicants**

Internal review documents do not reflect the application requirements set forth by the sponsor. Please review solicitation carefully.



This opportunity is atypical, because the competition ceases at the departmental level. Departments have the ability to select final candidates for this competition. Because the Department will run the competition internally, responsibility for notifying all candidates of the final decision rests with the Department.

OSP only needs the nominees for posting on the Limited Submission website.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance


Posting Date 09/16/13