IHE Interoperability Research Award Program (IRAP)


IHE USA offers a scholarship program for participation at the IHE North American Connectathon 2015. 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. Scholarship awardees receive complimentary system registration.

Eligibility Requirements

Organizations must meet a minimum of one (1) of these eligibility requirements. Preference will be given to organizations that meet multiple eligibility requirements.

  • First time applicant for the IRAP Scholarship
  • Testing will lead to implementation of IHE-based systems in network or other health/healthcare setting requiring system interoperability (public HIEs, private HIEs, IDNs, any inpatient/outpatient)
  • Testing of new or relatively untested IHE Actors & Profiles
  • Testing will produce open source and generally distributed software vendor or device manufacturer implementation of IHE Actors & Profiles for use in health institutions and health networks

Application Requirements | Application Is Closed

All interested participants must submit their application no later than October 3, 2014, see important dates and deadlines. You must complete the following application requirements for consideration:

  • Complete Gazelle System Registration of IHE actors/profiles
  • Submit final, signed contract to IHE USA
  • Submit IRAP Online 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 eligibility requirements (see below). Participants may be asked to submit additional information and/or references for the projects described. Restrictions do apply, see restrictions. Scholarship awardees will be notified via email on October 8, 2014.

Important Dates

August 25, 2014 IHE USA will begin accepting applications for IRAP Scholarships
October 3, 2014 IRAP application process closes. Gazelle registration, signed contract, and application must be complete and submitted to IHE USA by this date
October 3, 2014 IHE North American Connectathon System Registration closes
October 8, 2014 IRAP Award Notifications will be sent. Organizations not chosen for the IRAP Scholarship and who want to continue testing, will be invoiced and expected to submit payment for their participation in the IHE NA Connectathon 2015


  • Organizations registering more than two (2) systems are not eligible for an IRAP scholarship
  • Organizations that have been awarded two (2) IRAP scholarships since the IHE NA Connectathon 2010 are not eligible for another IRAP scholarship

The IHE USA reserves the right to refuse testing for participants with systems containing combinations of Actors it deems to be inappropriate or not reflective of practical systems architecture. IHE USA will make this determination in consultation with the Project Management Team. Participants may be asked to revise their applications to limit the number and type of IHE Actors included in a single system. Decisions made by IHE USA are final.