Indo-US Grand Challenge

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India-U.S. Grand Challenge: Affordable Blood Pressure Measurement Technologies for Low-Resource Settings in India and the U.S.


Hypertension diagnosis and management is a critical healthcare issue. However, the basic underlying approach for the measurement of Blood Pressure has essentially remained the same for the past several decades. This is an obvious area that is ripe for disruptive technological innovation.

The purpose of this Indo-US Grand Challenge Initiative between Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), NIH, USA is to encourage collaborative research within and between both the countries to propose new approaches to the measurement of Blood Pressure that are unobtrusive or passive, low cost and which can automatically provide frequent data recording and reporting to healthcare workers as well as feed back to the patients. It is expected that this partnership between the two countries will leverage knowledge and material resources to develop new technologies which are relevant for low resource settings not only in their respective political domain but other similar settings all over the world. Primary focus of the work is "accurate measurement" and "simplicity & ruggedness" of the device, doing away the need of cuffs and clinical expertise to carry out the measurement.

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) have announced the proposals recommended for support under the first and the second call.


Awarded Proposals under the First Call:
Ref. No. Title of the Proposal Name of the Lead PI
EOI_5 Development of a low cost arterial tonometry
based blood pressure monitoring device
Prof. Santosh Noronha Indian
Institute of Technology, Bombay

Arterial Compliance Probe for Cuff less
Blood Pressure Measurement

Dr. Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam,
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


Rapid Real time Blood Pressure Measurement
and Hypertensive Predisposition Diagnostics
using Pulse Transit Time and Blood Pressure

Dr.Bala Pesala, CSIR-Central
Electronics Engineering Research

Awarded Proposals under the Second Call:
Ref. No. Title of the Proposal Name of the Lead PI
EOI_18 A Low Cost and Easy to use Cuff-less
Blood Pressure Measuring Device
using Pulse Transit Time and
Pre-ejection Period
Sujay Deb Indraprastha Institute of
Information Technology, Delhi
EOI_25 Cuff less Noninvasive Blood Pressure
Measurement using Radial Arterial
Pressure Patch
Anamika Prasad Indian Institute of
Technology, Delhi
EOI_34 Blood Pressure Measurement Device
based on Flexible Organic thin
film transistors
Dipti Gupta Indian Institute of
Technology, Bombay
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