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OP170086                                                                     (Gates, PI)                                                                                      09/30/2018 – 09/29/2022
Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP),
Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)
“A Comparative Assessment of Conventional and Adjustable Transfemoral Prosthetic Sockets”; This clinical trial will compare patient outcomes between various adjustable prosthetic sockets.
Total Award Amount: $2,398,239

W81XWH-17-C-0084                                                  (Johansson, PI)                                                                                 02/12/2019 – 02/11/2021
Department of Defense STTR Phase II, “No Power Bionic Lower Extremity Prostheses”; This project will assess the benefits of a non-powered ankle with increased energy storage and return and range of motion on performance during a variety of daily ambulatory tasks.
Role: Co-I and University Partner to Liberating Technologies, Inc.
Total Award Amount: $1,000,000

1R01NS105132                                                          (Chestek, PI)                                                                                     07/01/2018 – 06/29/2022
NIH/NINDS, “Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces for Restoring Individual Finger Movement in People with Upper Limb Amputations”; This study will investigate use regenerative peripheral nerve interfaces to control dexterous prosthetic hands in three people with upper limb loss.
Role: Co-I; Total Award Amount: $2,116,227

1R03HD092639                                                          (Gates/Remy PI)                                                                              04/01/2018 – 03/31/2020
NIH/NICH, “Evaluating and Improving Assistive Robotic Devices Continuously and in Real-time”
The goal of this project is to develop methodology to measure metabolic costs through small unobtrusive sensors and use this information to tune prostheses and exoskeletons in real-time.
Total Award Amount: $155,959

W81XWH-16-1-0648                                                             (Gates, PI)                                                                            09/15/2016 – 09/14/2019
Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) 
Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)
“Characterizing Limits of Performance Imposed by Upper-Limb Prostheses” 
This study will quantify the quality and accuracy of movements made by individuals using body-powered and myoelectric prostheses and individuals without upper limb loss. We will also assess the degree of feedback given by each device and how this may be enhanced through simple means.
Role: PI, Total Award Amount: $492,416

W81XWH-15-1-0548                                                              (Gates, PI)                                                                           10/01/2015 – 07/31/2019 
Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)
Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)
“Determining the potential benefit of powered prostheses”
The goal of the project is to determine the impact of powered prosthetic devices on people with transtibial amputation on compensatory muscle activity during walking, onset of muscle fatigue during an extended bout of walking, and overall physical activity level, integration in the communities, and quality of life.
Total Award Amount: $499,194
NSF1536188                                                                  (Gates, Remy, co-PIs)                                                               09/01/2015 – 08/31/2019  
“Optimizing the Controllers of Powered Prostheses with the Human Body in the Loop” 
The goal of the project is to improve the performance and benefits of powered prosthetic devices by enabling an automated subject-specific adaptation of controller parameters.
Total Award Amount: $358,000                                                                                                              

N66001-16-1-4006                                              (Chestek, Cederna co-PIs)                                          01/04/2016 – 07/24/2019 
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) “Providing intuitive prosthetic movement and sensation using residual nerve endings to neurotize regenerative muscle grafts” The goal of this project is to surgically connect pieces of muscle to free nerve endings in an amputated limb and use this signal to control a prosthetic arm.  As part of this project, we will perform a stakeholder analysis to determine patient interest in surgical options.                                                            
Role: PI of subaward                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Total Award Amount: $1,218,822

Trainee Grants

UL1TR00043   (MICHR)                                                                                                                                                     06/01/2014 – 06/01/2016
NIH, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences 
Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) 
Trainee: Emily Gardinier

NSF                                                                                                                                                                                    06/01/2014 – 06/01/2017
Graduate Research Fellowship
Trainee: Susannah Engdahl

UL1TR00043   (MICHR)                                                                                                                                                    06/01/2014 – 08/31/2014
NIH, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences 
Clinical Research Scholars Program
Trainee: Darren Gordon                        


W81XWH-17-C-0084                                                            (Johansson, PI)                                                                  09/25/2017 – 03/18/2018
Department of Defense, Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), Phase I
"No power bionic lower extremity prostheses"
This project will build and mechanically test a prosthesis which provides energy storage and return without external power as users walk over varied terrain.
Role: PI of subaward (University Partner to Liberating Technologies, Inc.); Total Award Amount: $150,000

Transforming Learning for the Third Century (TLTC)          (Co-Is: Kuo, Gillespie, Chestek, Gates)                              03/01/2015 – 08/31/2016
University of Michigan
“The Flipped Engineering Laboratory”
This grant supports the development of a lending laboratory of inexpensive, miniature sensor technology to be utilized in several engineering design courses. 
Total Amount: $50,000

Transforming Learning for the Third Century (TLTC)             (Co-Is: Gross, Broglio, Bodary, Gates)                           03/01/2015 – 08/31/2016 
University of Michigan 
“Using Hybrid Modular Courses to Scale Up Engaged Learning” 
This grant supports the development of 2-credit hour small courses focued on engaged, active learning experiences with associated online content. 

Total Amount: $50,000

VA A9226-R                                                                     (Resnik PI)                                                                          07/01/2012 – 12/30/2016
Department of Veterans Affairs
“Home Study of an Advanced Upper Limb Prosthesis Project Modification”
This supplemental funding supports a new aim is to describe normative active range of motion during everyday tasks, and then describe movement patterns utilized by subjects using both their conventional prostheses and the DEKA Arm. 
Role: Co-Investigator

K12HD073945                                                          (Gates, Mentored Grant, Dewald, PI)                                            10/01/2013 – 10/01/2015 
NIH/NICHD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Career Development in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences 
Total Amount: $266,120         

Office of the Vice President of Research              (co-PI: Gates, Chestek)                                                                     09/01/2013 – 09/01/2014
University of Michigan
“Assessing patient satisfaction and design priorities for upper extremity prosthetic technology”
This study will survey upper extremity prostheses users to determine current limitations of their devices and what features of new prostheses they would be most interested in adapting. Total Amount: $18,000

MCUBED Program                                                  (co-PIs, Gates, Remy, Kuo)                                                            09/01/2013 – 12/31/2014
University of Michigan
“Reducing effort through an augmented lower limb prostheses”
This pilot study will use a novel optimization process to determine the appropriate amount and timing of ankle power to supply a lower limb prostheses user during gait.  Total Amount: $60,000