Mission Statement

The Signal Processing and Instrumentation Section (SPIS) was renamed to Instrumentation Development and Engineering Application Solutions (IDEAS) as part of our recent move to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Please be patient as we update our website to reflect our new home.

IDEAS provides the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) with electrical, electronic, electro-optical, biomedical, mechanical, computer, and software engineering expertise for projects that require technology development of novel biomedical laboratory and clinical research enabling systems, instrumentation, and methodologies. As the central, on-campus, engineering resource within the IRP, the broad range of IDEAS engineering knowledge and experience establishes a strong infrastructure fostering interdisciplinary, multi-investigator, cross-Institute technology incubators and high-risk high-reward research. The majority of IDEAS activities require first-of-a-kind instrumentation design, software development (both for instrument control and signal analysis), in-house fabrication, and overall collaborative validation in laboratories and clinics. 

With 40+ active projects, IDEAS has collaborated with 18 NIH Institutes and Centers on technology and methodology development projects.  These collaborations support NIH research initiatives, including: systems biology, genomics, proteomics, bioimaging, precision medicine, brain, and neuroscience. In-house capabilities and accomplishments have established IDEAS as an engineering focal point that strengthens the IRP interactive environment facilitating science through successive iterations of theory development, experimentation, and design innovation.