Event Location
3540 Engineering

Navigating (and Hopefully Receiving) BME – Related Funding From NSF

Michele Grimm
Program Director
Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) and Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) Programs at the National Science Foundation

Michele Grimm is the Program Director of the Engineering of Biomedical Systems and Disability & Rehabilitation Engineering Programs for the National Science Foundation. She will be presenting an overview of the NSF funding programs that support biomedical engineering related research, including her two programs, and key things to consider when submitting a proposal to enhance the chance of funding success.

Host: Tamara Bush

Michele J. Grimm, Ph.D., currently serves as Program Director for the Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) and Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) Programs at the National Science Foundation. She remains on faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Wayne State, where she also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine.


Dr. Grimm completed her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The Johns Hopkins University in 1990 and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. Her graduate work focused on orthopaedic biomechanics, and this carried over to her roles at Wayne State, where she served as Director of Orthopaedic Biomechanics for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from 1997 through 2010. Since joining Wayne State in 1994, a significant portion of her research has involved injury biomechanics – from characterizing important tissue properties to developing appropriate models for the assessment of injury mechanisms. For the past 15 years, that work has focused on the biomechanics of neonatal brachial plexus injuries. She has had the privilege of working with obstetricians to develop computer models of a process for which patient-based clinical studies are not appropriate. The work has provided an understanding of the pathomechanics of this injury, supporting the results that have been found through epidemiological and case study based research. She recently served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force on Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy, which was charged with compiling the current state of evidence in the area of NBPP (with a focus on the cause of the injury) and identifying key gaps in knowledge in the area.

In addition to her scientific research, Dr. Grimm has spent a large part of her career focused on curriculum development and enhancement of student learning in engineering. She established both the graduate and undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering at Wayne State. She currently serves as a commissioner to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and has been a program evaluator for many years.

Michele Grimm is a Fellow of ASME, and served as Division Chair for the Bioengineering Division of ASME from 2012 to 2013. She has also served on the executive board of the Bioengineering Division of ASEE and has served in several leadership roles within BMES.