IHE Interoperability Research Award Program (IRAP)


Each year, IHE USA offers scholarships to support participation at the IHE North American Connectathon. The IHE Interoperability Research Award Program (IRAP) was launched in 2007 to provide support for participating organizations that are interested in advancing interoperability and the implementation of IHE Profiles.

IRAP Scholarship awardees receive complimentary system registration for the IHE NA Connectathon 2016. Awardees will be responsible for the cost of their staff persons' Connectathon Badges, hotel, and travel expenses. Visit IHE USA's Participant Resources page for more information on Connectathon badges.

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Application Considerations

Organizations should meet at minimum one (1) of the considerations listed below. Preference will be given to organizations that meet multiple considerations.

  • Organization is testing IHE Profiles supporting at minimum one (1) of IHE USA's Strategic Priorities
  • Organization is a first time IRAP Scholarship applicant
  • Organization is testing of new or relatively untested IHE Profiles/Actors identified as IHE Profile Spotlights
  • Organization's testing will produce open source software vendor or device manufacturer implementation of IHE Profiles/Actors

Strategic Priorities

IHE USA has identified four strategic priorities for the IHE NA Connectathon 2016. Organizations testing one or more of the IHE Profiles listed below will be given additional consideration by the IRAP selection committee.

View documentation for each of the IHE Profiles listed on IHE's website

Application Has Closed

IHE USA is no longer accepting scholarship applications for the IHE NA Connectathon 2016.

Application Requirements
Your organization must complete the following application requirements to qualify for consideration:

  • Complete Gazelle System Registration of IHE Profiles/Actors
  • Submit final, signed contract to IHE USA
  • Submit Online IRAP Application

Review Process

All applications are reviewed by a committee of domain experts and are evaluated according to the organization's ability to meet the application considerations, requirements, and IHE USA Strategic Priorities (see above).

Organizations may be asked to submit additional information and/or references for the projects/initiatives described. Scholarship awardees will be notified via email the week of October 19, 2015. Your award letter will express your scholarship amount along with further instructions on finalizing your participation.

Cancellation Process

Organizations that do not receive a scholarship will be notified the week of October 19, 2015 and will have the opportunity to cancel their IHE NA Connectathon 2016 contract by October 30, 2015. Organizations wishing to continue IHE NA Connectathon 2016 participation must submit payment to IHE USA by October 30, 2015.

Important Dates

September 14, 2015
IHE USA will begin accepting applications for IRAP Scholarships

October 9, 2015

IRAP application process closes. Gazelle registration, signed contract, and application must be complete and submitted to IHE USA by this date

October 9, 2015

IHE North American Connectathon System Registration closes

October 19, 2015
IRAP Award Notifications will be sent this week. Organizations not chosen for the IRAP Scholarship and who want to continue testing, will be required to submit payment for their participation in the IHE NA Connectathon 2016

IHE USA reserves the right to request that organizations revise their applications to limit the number or type of system(s) registered. Decisions made by IHE USA are final.