MIT Medical Device Design Course – Spring 2024 Call for Proposals – OPEN

Calling healthcare innovators who want to build hardware!

We invite clinicians, industry sponsors and colleagues to submit proposals to work with teams of MIT engineering students in our Spring 2024 Medical Device Design course.

The proposed project should entail a mechanical, electrical or combined challenge and fit within the constraints of a semester-long project. Past projects, listed here, have included surgical tools, rehabilitation devices, sports tech, medication compliance systems, diagnostics, clinical simulators, research tools and beyond! We look for a well-defined need, but space for creative problem solving.

We are happy to pre-review any ideas that you may have regarding suitability, please reach out.

Selection is competitive and if your proposal is chosen, from February – May you will work with a small team of eager engineering students and expert mentors. We follow a three-phase industry-modelled design process of Discovery – Development – Demonstration, which culminates in proof-of concept-prototypes. Project proposers must play an active role throughout the process and become part of our innovation community.

This course is offered jointly between Mechanical, Electrical Engineering and HST/IMES for graduate students, seniors and select juniors and, since 2003, has become an effective mechanism for prototyping new healthcare technologies, fostering research ideas and collaborations, sharing outcomes via peer reviewed conference and journal papers, and launching alums’ careers in industry, startups, academia and medicine. Clinicians and other project proposers have gained valuable insights and also leveraged this work professionally.

New this year, for MIT PIs Only – Based on a successful experiment last year, we are opening our call for proposals to projects that support your health-focused research. This works best when you have identified a graduate student, who is ready to enroll in the class, and when you can directly support the project in your lab. Please contact to discuss.

Upon the close of this call, course staff will identify a subset that are suitable for pitching to the class. After the presentations, students will indicate their preferences and then the staff will form teams.

Download Call for Proposals – Please read the details to submit your 2-page proposal.

If you have submitted before, please note that the requirements have been updated.

Key Dates:

  • Proposals (1 – 2 pages) due – December 29, 2023 – Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
    –> Deadline Extended until January 5th
  • Finalists notified – January 19, 2024
  • Presentation (10 min) to students for final selection – February 7 & 12, 2024

Submission Link – Click “Save & close” to upload and submit.

For submission questions please contact – Nevan C. Hanumara, PhD, +1.617.258.8541

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact the course staff.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Alex Slocum, Gio Traverso, Nevan Hanumara, Anthony Pennes