MIRMI Seed Funds will cover 50% of up to two (post)doctoral researchers for up to 6 months duration to initiate the new project. The review process was led by Prof. Seth Hutchinson, Chairman of the MIRMI Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), who took care that each proposal was reviewed by multiple SAB members, and any disagreement between reviewers was resolved in a discussion phase after all reviews had been submitted.
Each feedback gave a general statement and a clear recommendation based on the criteria fixed beforehand: Originality, impact, feasibility. Then, SAB informed the applicants about the outcome and shared reviewers’ comments. Amongst the 6 proposals submitted, the reviewers selected the following 3 to receive funding:
- Human Neuromechanics and Control Strategies to Excite Periodic Motions in (Non-) Linear Systems (NeuroSwing) by Prof. Dr. David Franklin, Department of Sport and Health Science Faculty of Neuromuscular Diagnostics and Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Sensor-Based Robotic Systems and Intelligent Assistance Systems
- Clinical Application of Robotics In Spinal Surgery (CARISS) by Prof. Dr. Sandro M. Krieg, Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM school of medicine and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Meyer, Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM school of medicine
- Enhancing Image Quality in Clinical Applications with Robotic Multi-spectral Optoacoustic Tomography (RoMSOT), by Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos, MIRMI Member, Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI), Prof. Nassir Navab, MIRMI Member, Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures and Augmented Reality (CAMP)
Successful projects can start immediately. In the long run, MIRMI plans to support up to 4 projects every 6 months. The next call is planned to be released in Autumn.