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ASPR Next Areas of Interest

Revolutionizing Disaster Care with Next Generation Technology

ASPR is excited to work with its partners to create a vision for next-generation solutions that can be used to support better health outcomes when disaster strikes. After collaborating with our partners during the first ASPR Innovation Day, ASPR has identified eight Areas of Interest (AOIs).


AOI-1: Priority Medicines on Demand

Development of transformational devices for end-to-end pharmaceutical, vaccine and/or biologics production in small-scale, modular, continuous manufacturing platforms. ASPR is also interested in developing technologies that can transform drinking water to water for sterile injection, complete with physiological additives suitable for infusion, for production at point-of-delivery.


AOI-2: Dialysis Care in Disaster Settings

Development of next-generation, portable technologies for hemodialysis in disaster settings.


AOI-3: Medical Countermeasure Deployment and Dispensing

Development of capabilities to ensure rapid deployment and dispensing of medical countermeasures or other materials to emergency response locations. This is inclusive of, but not limited to, alternate delivery methods and dispensing solutions and the development of alternative delivery platforms for pharmaceutical, vaccine and biologic administration.


AOI-4: Real-Time Healthcare System Capacity Reporting

Develop capabilities that enable secure, confidential and controlled means to track healthcare provider capacity to respond to disasters in a dynamic and timely fashion.


AOI-5: Disaster Response and Recovery Intelligence

Develop capabilities that bring together deep learning, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications to forecast disaster impacts and automate replenishment of supplies during disasters.


AOI-6: Advanced Medical Interventions

Develop capabilities to address advanced health security vulnerabilities, establish trusted data platforms to secure health-related information and investigate linkages between clinical manifestation of disease and multi-omic indicators within dedicated US-based facilities to open new pipelines for medical countermeasure discovery.


AOI-7: Telehealth Applications for Response and Recovery

Establish telehealth services for medical professionals and para-professionals to better assist state, local, tribal and territorial health systems during disaster response and recovery. These teams of medical professionals and para-professionals include advanced clinicians (nurse practitioners/physician assistants), medical officers, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, safety specialists, logistical specialists, information technologists, communication and administrative specialists.


AOI-8: Health Security Innovation

This Area of Interest seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing ASPR programs or other published solicitations.


To learn more, please see the full ASPR Next Broad Agency Announcement.


  • This page last reviewed: September 16, 2019