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Doing Business As Name:University of Southern California
  • Mark S Humayun
  • (323) 865-3092
  • James D Weiland
Award Date:09/24/2003
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 29,955,777
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 37,107,475
  • FY 2014=$10,000
  • FY 2004=$3,124,680
  • FY 2011=$3,127,704
  • FY 2009=$4,200,000
  • FY 2008=$4,500,379
  • FY 2007=$4,567,900
  • FY 2003=$2,499,732
  • FY 2006=$4,440,528
  • FY 2005=$3,556,132
  • FY 2010=$4,618,829
  • FY 2013=$344,312
  • FY 2012=$2,117,279
Start Date:09/01/2003
End Date:08/31/2015
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:An Engineering Research Center for Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems
Federal Award ID Number:0310723
DUNS ID:072933393
Parent DUNS ID:072933393
Program:ERC-Eng Research Centers
Program Officer:
  • Mary Poats
  • (703) 292-5357

Awardee Location

Street:University Park
City:Los Angeles
County:Los Angeles
Awardee Cong. District:37

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Southern California
Street:University Park
City:Los Angeles
County:Los Angeles
Cong. District:37

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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BMES ERC "Please see Volume 1 & 2 of Renewal Report" NSF Renewal Report, v., 2009, p..

Humayun, Weiland "Annual Report Volume 1 & 2" Annual Report Volume 1 & 2, v., 2010, p..

Humayun, Weiland "Annual Report Volume 1 & 2" Annual Report Volume 1 & 2, v., 2011, p..

Publications Produced as Conference Proceedings

Rodger, DC;Fong, AJ;Wen, L;Ameri, H;Ahuja, AK;Gutierrez, C;Lavrov, I;Hui, Z;Menon, PR;Meng, E;Burdick, JW;Roy, RR;Edgerton, VR;Weiland, JD;Humayun, MS;Tai, YC "Flexible parylene-based multielectrode array technology for high-density neural stimulation and recording" 14th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, v.132, 2008, p.449 View record at Web of Science

Li, PY;Shih, J;Lo, R;Adams, B;Agrawal, R;Saati, S;Humayun, MS;Tai, YC;Meng, E "An electrochemical intraocular drug delivery device" 20th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2007), v. , 2007, p.206 View record at Web of Science

Singh, V;Roy, A;Castro, R;McClure, K;Greenberg, R;Weiland, J;Humayun, M;Lazzi, G "SAR in the human body by a wireless telemetry system for a retinal prosthesis" IEEE Antennas-and-Propagation-Society International Symposium, v. , 2007, p.2948 View record at Web of Science

Project Outcomes Report


This Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is displayed verbatim as submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) for this award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Report are those of the PI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NSF has not approved or endorsed its content.

The vision of the Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Engineering Research Center (BMES ERC) is to develop the science and engineering of novel biomimetic microelectronic systems based on fundamental principles of biology.  The newly developed systems will allow high-density interface for communication with human cells and tissues and, by doing so, enable implantable/portable microelectronic devices to treat presently incurable diseases such as blindness and central nervous system disorders.

Our ERC vision is realized first by identifying the unmet medical needs of blindness and central nervous system cognitive impairments. The solutions to these unmet needs are then developed by designing and synthesizing engineered system specifications from medical, scientific, and engineering disciplines.  Furthermore, to develop these novel biomimetic microelectronic systems, our BMES ERC’s work  is concentrated in three thrust areas of enabling technology that are at the heart of immediate and long-term interest to the rapidly growing medical device industry.  The 3 thrust areas are 1) mixed-signal systems on a chip, 2) power and data management, and 3) interface technology (electrode/electronic packaging technologies as well as abiotic-biotic interfaces with the plasma membrane).

The broader impact to society will come not only from alleviating human suffering and improving quality of life, but also by reducing the health care costs now directed to assist people with disabilities. Even if only 20,000 blind patients were helped over a 20-year period, an estimated 4 billion US federal dollars would be saved. Similarly, cortical prostheses that even partially restore cognitive function lost due to brain trauma and dementia could reduce the disabilities of hundreds of thousands. When combined with the potential of this closed-loop approach improving other neuromodulation devices, the cost savings exceed $6 billion

Last Modified: 03/23/2016
Modified by: Mark S Humayun

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