APPLICATIONS OPEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 AT 12PM

Applications for the Joint Call for Proposals for Medical Devices and Health Technology Development will open Tuesday, October 6th at noon. They close Monday, December 7th at 5PM.

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Penn Health-Tech: Center for Health, Devices and Technology (PHT) unites interdisciplinary strengths in Medicine, Engineering, and beyond to create transformative technologies that address the world’s pressing healthcare needs. Penn Health-Tech is an academic center that supports faculty, staff, and students at the University of Pennsylvania with funding and programming across the medical device spectrum, from early concept development to implementation.

The Medical Device Accelerator (MDA), sponsored by the Perelman School of Medicine and Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, in partnership with the Penn Center for Innovation and Penn Health-Tech, empowers entrepreneurs, clinicians, and researchers at Penn Medicine to create and commercialize innovative medical devices to address unmet clinical needs, improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care. The program supports faculty and staff in transforming their “paper napkin drawing” to a final product ready for clinical use.

RATIONALE

 

Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation invite faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to submit proposals for pilot funding by December 7 at 5pm. 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.

 


 

TIMELINE

 

 

 

  • October 6: Application Opens
  • December 7: Application Closes
  • January 2021: Interview Day for Finalists
  • February 2021: Award Notification

 

 

 

 

 

 


ELIGIBILITY

 

Pilot funding can be awarded to University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine employees for proof of concept projects and promising inventions disclosed to Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) as well as University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine employees with existing Penn spinout companies based on Penn-owned intellectual property. CHOP employees are also eligible to receive funding for proof of concept projects and promising inventions.

Please note that the team leader or Principal Investigator must be a full-time employee of Penn, Penn Medicine or CHOP. See full Terms, Conditions and Limitations>>

 


 

FUNDING SIZE

 

Selected proposals will receive

  • Pilot funding: From $5,000 up to $50,000 with the potential for additional funding based on project progression. (Please note that awards are non-transferable and meant to be spent on research in or directed by Penn or CHOP facilities)
  • Mentorship and project support: mentors and advisors will help you refine your design, build partnerships and work towards achieving proof of concept, product development, and more
  • Access to experts

 


FUNDING TERM

 

Funding timeline runs 1 year from the official award date. Requests for a no-cost extension should be made prior to the expiration of an award. No-cost extensions will only be granted for extenuating circumstances. Extensions will not be made for longer than six months. A progress-to-date report including a revised budget will be required.

 


SELECTION CRITERIA

 

Proposals will be assessed based on:

  • Strength of Solution: scientific merit, feasibility, innovation
  • Potential for Impact
  • Potential for commercialization and creation of new intellectual property
  • Interdisciplinary focus
  • Proposed budget

Funding may be used for, but not limited to, translational and proof-of-concept research, prototype development, matching funds to SBIR/STTR awarded grants, and other types of technology development funding sources.

 


PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

 

Please fill out the application in its entirety. All materials must be submitted electronically to be considered. Submissions will not be considered if any required field is incomplete, the application is late or cannot be viewed due to technical error, or if the proposal is not an original idea of the submitting participant or team of participants. Only one application per project may be submitted by each team. 

1. Project and Team Information: All fields are required unless otherwise stated.

2. Proposed Budget and Milestones:

  • Allowable costs include personnel, supplies, equipment, and other such development expenses related to the project.
  • PI/faculty salary and graduate tuition are not supported by this pilot funding — Penn undergraduate students, post-docs, research associates, technicians, and programmers can be supported.
    • No more than 25% of the budget can be used for personnel costs.

3. Bio sketch/CV

 


HOW TO APPLY

 

  1. Create a SurveyMonkey account using your University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia email address. (Link will go live at Application Open.)
  2. Verify your email address.
  3. Fill out the application in its entirety. To preview a sample application, click here.
  4. Submit your application by 5 PM on Monday, December 7.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the submission period (opening and deadline)?

Applications for the Joint Call for Proposals for Medical Devices and Health Technology Development will open Tuesday, October 6 at noon. They will close on Monday, December 7 at 5PM.

Can I apply more than once?

Yes. You may submit as many proposals as desired. However, only one project per team lead or Principle Investigator can be selected for each funding cycle. 

Is there a waiting period for reapplying?

No. Applicants may reapply in the next funding cycle.

Does the funding support salary/travel/undergraduates/ post-docs/ research associates/ technicians/ programmers?

PI/faculty salary and graduate tuition are not supported by this pilot funding. Undergraduate students, post-docs, research associates, technicians, and programmers are supported. No more than 25% of the budget can be used for personnel costs. Other allowable costs include supplies, equipment, and travel expenses related to the project.

How long does it take to hear back? How long does the entire process take?

Final application decisions will be communicated in February.

Does the Co-PI have to be at PENN?

No, but the awards will only be given to the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine or CHOP employee. See “Eligibility” for further details.