What is RADx® Tech DIVE?

The RADx® Tech DIVE fellowship program’s goal is to promote diversity among healthcare innovators and entrepreneurial biomedical engineers. The program will provide Fellows with increased awareness about healthcare innovation and exposure to current practices, scalable methods and processes used in the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program for supporting innovative technologies.

What types of projects will be considered for the program?

Examples of projects that will be considered include, but are not limited to surgical devices, home health care devices, diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative applications, rehabilitative and assistive technologies, technologies for underserved populations and low-resource settings, point-of-care systems, precision medicine, or other innovations that will have a substantial impact on clinical care and patient outcomes.

Who is eligible for the program?

Applications are encouraged from clinical or technical leads from diverse backgrounds, across groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, such as individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women at the faculty level as defined here. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Fellows must have pursued or be pursuing an advanced degree in a technical or medical field and may be pursuing an innovation by themselves or be part of a team in which they have leadership responsibilities for the technical or clinical efforts.

Can more than one Fellow apply representing the same project team?

One or more Fellows can be involved in the same team/project.

Will I need formal support from my institution/organization?

Yes. A Letter of Support from the Fellow’s organization or an advisor will be requested to confirm that the Fellow’s project has support.

What is the expected time commitment for this program?

Fellows are expected to participate in a ½ day kick-off along with bi-weekly, interactive 2-hour webinars, and 2-hour facilitated feedback sessions during the opposite weeks. The course will run from May 2, 2023 through December 5, 2023.

Each week, Fellows are encouraged to interview several stakeholders, targeting about 100 over the 30 week program (from May 2 to December 5, 2023).

Coursework, outside of the webinars, is estimated to be 2 hours/week plus 3 hours for interviews.