Request for Proposals: PORTENT @ Cornell - Point of Care Technologies for Global Health

2024 Request for Proposals

PORTENT, a Center for Point-of-Care Technologies for Nutrition, Infection, and Cancer for Global Health at Cornell University is a one-of-a-kind international network of clinical, training, and device development facilities with worldwide expertise in point-of-care diagnostics, their application and commercialization. A member of the POCTRN network, the PORTENT Center is focused on supporting development, clinical validation, commercialization, and deployment of point-of-care (POC) technologies in locations where access to better diagnostics can have the largest worldwide impact.

All proposals addressing global health POC gaps as expressed in our PORTENT needs assessment are encouraged. High-priority areas for 2024 include:

  • Diagnosis of nutritional deficiencies particularly those related to maternal and child health.
  • Multiplexed screening and diagnostic assays for infections such as those diagnosing combined HIV and STI infection, acute febrile illness, neglected tropical diseases, and/or mosquito-borne illnesses.
  • Broadening cancer diagnosis and risk stratification screening to community and clinic level.
  • Digital and AI (machine learning, deep learning, solutions) to support risk stratification, clinical staging, clinical decision making, promotion of health/wellness and encouraging use of behavioral lifestyle interventions.
  • Integration of complementary and integrative health approaches into POC to enhance diagnosis, prevention, or treatment.

Required Expressions of Interest are due March 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET. Submission details available here.

Total funds available: $500,000

Number of projects anticipated: About 5-7 awards with budgets ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 in total costs for projects up to one year.