Health Tech Accelerator

The Health Tech Accelerator program empowers faculty and staff from the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine to develop and commercialize medical devices and health technologies to advance health and health care. The program is co-sponsored by Penn Health-Tech and the Acceleration Lab at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.  Participating teams receive funding, hands-on advising to support development and achieve proof of concept, and access to industry experts and complementary programs to assist with engineering and design, manufacturing, regulatory guidance, quality systems, and marketing.

Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation invite faculty and staff from the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to submit proposals for pilot funding through the Health Tech Accelerator program. The goal of this funding is to support the development of medical device and health technology projects that address important unmet medical needs and/or the translation of the technology (e.g., commercialization, licensing agreement, start-up formation). Pilot funded projects can include early-stage technologies that do not yet qualify for support by federal agencies through later-stage technologies that are not yet mature enough for private investment. Proposals that cross departments and schools and promote sharing expertise are strongly encouraged.




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If you plan to submit a proposal for the Oral Craniofacial Health, please visit our Idea Prize page for additional information.


The Principal Investigator or team leader must be a full-time employee of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Terms, Conditions and Limitations

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of medical device experts based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of solution
  • Potential for impact
  • Potential for commercialization and new IP creation
  • Interdisciplinary focus

Intellectual Property

Any proposal, technology or device idea identified as Penn-owned intellectual property will be treated in accordance with Penn policies governing intellectual property, including disclosure to Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), and individuals participating in Health-Tech Design and Development are subject to the Patent and Tangible Research Property Policies and Procedures of the University of Pennsylvania. CHOP inventions must be disclosed to the Office of Technology Transfer.

How to Apply

Register for a SurveyMonkey account using your University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia email address.

  • Verify your email address to make sure you receive application updates and notifications.
  • Fill out the application in its entirety before the application deadline.

To download a sample application, click the link: Sample Application for the Call for Proposals


Info Session

Penn Health-Tech will hold a virtual information session about our Annual Call for Proposals with the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. During this session, we will provide an overview of the application process and answer all of your questions!

Call for Proposals 1-on-1 Office Hours with Mohit Prajapati

Mohit Prajapati, MSc, MBA, Chief Technical Officer of Penn Health-Tech , will be available to meet 1-on-1 with teams and answer all your questions about our annual Call for Proposals and Health-Tech Design and Development.