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The Massey Foundation

TBI Grand Challenge

Friday, January 22 | 11:30 am to 6:30 pm

Saturday, January 23 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm


About the Grand Challenge

Please join us in January for The Massey Foundation TBI Grand Challenge which aims to impact the way severe TBI is diagnosed and treated during the initial golden hours of care. The Grand Challenge is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation, in memory of Joyce Massey.

The Grand Challenge targets big problems and rewards bold solutions by supporting high-impact proposals for milestone-driven research over a 12-month timeframe.

The program starts with an in depth “TBI state of the art” symposium on day 1, followed by the release of a RFP on day 2. The Grand Challenge supports integrative collaboration across disciplines; therefore proposals submitted by co-PIs from across disciplines will be given first consideration for funding. 

Day 1 will begin with a networking lunch from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm and will conclude with a networking mixer from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, allowing you to mingle with colleagues from across the campus to discuss research opportunities.

To be considered for funding, PIs must attend the two-day Grand Challenge event. See "ticket information" above to register.


The Solution

The MCIRCC Grand Challenge Fund will support high-impact proposals with funding from a pool of up to $500,000 for a 12-month timeframe.

Project teams will develop diagnostic, device, therapeutic, or health information technology solutions that address the initial “golden hours” of care after severe TBI (generally the first 48 hours). Treatment administered during this critical timeframe can determine patient survival and have a significant effect on long-term function and disability.

Grand Challenge funding will be awarded to teams moving their projects along the research spectrum toward translational impact. Our goal is to accelerate impact at the bedside, therefore basic discovery phase projects will not be funded.

All funded projects will be assigned project mentors to assist in executing their milestone-driven research plans. Projects involving potential product development will also receive specialized commercialization mentorship, utilizing the “lean business model” tools and techniques.


Collaborating with the DoD

Department of Defense (DOD) service members and families represent the largest U.S. population suffering from the impact of TBI. Working with MCIRCC, the DOD will bring expertise and resources to help accelerate the movement of translational research outputs into the field.

Based on their current strategic needs assessment, DOD Neurotrauma Leadership will sit on the Massey Grand Challenge Steering Committee to assist in reviewing and selecting proposals for funding, and provide oversight to funded projects.

For appropriate projects, Field Medics will act as Mentors by providing ongoing leadership and guidance specific to customer needs assessment, prototype development and de-risking milestones.

Funded projects that drive toward proof of concept and human testing have the potential to receive follow-on funding from the DOD for solutions, therapies and products that can be used by DOD medics in the field.



If you have any questions, please contact Bria Wiltshire at

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North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road
Building 18 Dining Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



The U-M Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) is one of the world’s first comprehensive research enterprises devoted to transforming critical care medicine by accelerating science and moving it from bench to bedside. To do this, MCIRCC brings together integrative teams comprised of U-M scientists, clinicians, and engineers with industry partners and funding sources to develop and deploy cutting-edge solutions that elevate the care, outcomes, and quality of life of critically ill and injured patients and their families. Learn more at



The Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation is supporting U-M efforts to save lives and improve the outcomes of those who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The fund was developed to support technology development, and translational and clinical research that will impact the diagnosis and treatment of acute TBI during the initial “golden hours” of care.

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