APPLICATIONS OPEN FRIDAY, JULY 12TH AT 12PM

Applications for the Joint Call for Proposals for Medical Devices and Health Technology Development will open Friday, July 12th at noon. They close Monday, September 23rd at 5PM.

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.

General

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 September 23, 2019 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. Proposals that cross departments and schools and promote sharing expertise are strongly encouraged.

Selected proposals will receive

  • Pilot funding: From $5,000 up to $50,000
  • Mentorship and project support: Advisors will help you refine your design, build partnerships and work towards achieving proof of concept
  • Access to experts

 

TIMELINE

July 12 – September 23: Application period

October 28: Interview day (a select group of finalists will be invited in for an interview)

November: Notification of application status


 

HOW TO APPLY
  1. Create a SurveyMonkey account using your University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia email address.
  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, September 23.

 

Eligibility

See full Terms, Conditions and Limitations>>

PHT Eligibility

Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine are eligible to receive funding for proof of concept projects and promising inventions. CHOP employees are also eligible to receive funding for proof of concept projects and promising inventions. Team leader or Principal Investigator must be a full-time faculty member of Penn or full-time research faculty member of CHOP.

MDA Eligibility

Penn Medicine and University of Pennsylvania employees are eligible to participate in the Medical Device Accelerator Program.


 

Funding Size

Pilot funding range from $5,000 up to $50,000 for one year with the potential for additional funding based on project progression. Please note that awards are non-transferable will be given only to the full-time Penn or CHOP research faculty members (through Penn or CHOP, as applicable) to be spent on research in or directed by Penn or CHOP facilities.


 

Scope

Pre-clinical, translational and proof of concept projects or prototype development across all unmet clinical need areas. Some areas of special interest include Musculoskeletal Tissue Injury and Repair and Connected Health (sensors, AI/ML devices and systems)


 

Selection Criteria
PHT Selection Criteria

Proposals will be assessed based on:

  • Scientific merit
  • Potential for commercialization and creation of new intellectual property
  • Feasibility
  • Impact, Innovation, and interdisciplinary focus
  • Proposed budget
MDA Selection Criteria

Proposals are reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of medical device experts that will assist in selecting projects based on the following criteria:

  • Potential for impact
  • Potential for commercialization and creation of new intellectual property
  • Strength of solution

 


 

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.See full Terms, Conditions and Limitations>>

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

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.
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 Friday, July 12 at noon. They will close on Monday, September 23 at 5PM.

Who is eligible?

Faculty and employees from the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). See “Eligibility.”

Can I apply more than once?

Only one application per project per funding cycle is allowed.

Is there a waiting period for reapplying?

Applicants may reapply in the next funding cycle.

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

PI/faculty salary and graduate tuition are not supported from 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 early November.

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 member listed on the application. See “Eligibility” and “Funding.”

What is the difference between projects that get funded by PHT versus projects funded by the MDA?

While both entities support novel device innovation, Penn Health-Tech is an academic center that funds device projects and fosters academic programs across the medical device spectrum, from early concept development to implementation. The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation’s Medical Device Accelerator funds and fosters device initiatives that have a direct and measurable benefit on the health system, including a reduction to the cost of care, increased patient satisfaction, decreased re-hospitalization rates and length of stay, etc.

What is the Penn Health-Tech (PHT) and Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (PCMD) Joint Pilot Award?

The PHT and PCMD Joint Pilot Award brings together PCMD and Engineering faculty to accelerate the development of medical device projects supporting unmet needs identified by PCMD. Eligible projects will receive mentorship from PHT and PCMD and must include at least one team member from PCMD. Applicants should apply through this portal and select the Musculoskeletal Tissue Injury and Repair track.