5th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition

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Request for Applications for Seed Grant Funding

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) is pleased to announce its 5th annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition.  This seed grant competition is an opportunity for the scientific and business community including entrepreneurs, clinicians, scientists, businesses, academic researchers and medical and engineering graduate and undergraduate students, to develop and commercialize a pediatric medical device.

The APDC is an FDA funded consortium based out of Georgia Tech (PI: David Ku), Emory University (co-PIs: Wilbur Lam, Kevin Maher), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Virginia Commonwealth University (co-PI: Barbara Boyan) that provides a national platform to translate medical device ideas from concept to commercialization.  APDC’S mission is to enhance the lives of children through the development of novel pediatric medical devices, which are both save and effective.  The consortium provides an environment of creativity, where ideas are reviewed, tested, and developed.  (For the FDA definition of a medical device, please see Note 1 below.)

The application for seed grant funding begins with a written proposal, submitted to the APDC Innovation Competition Review Committee. Proposals are due on September 18, 2015, and selected investigators will be notified by September 30, 2015, of their selection for participation in the next round of the competition.

The second round is an opportunity for selected investigators to make a 5 minute oral presentation of their proposed idea/concept, to the review committee, an audience of peers, and the engineering and medical community in attendance. The investigators will be given advice on market size, product development, and regulatory submissions.  Proposal presentations will be held on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus (in Richmond, VA) on October 21, 2015.

Your proposal will be seen by a number of different reviewers. Should you be invited back for the second round of competition, you will be presenting to an audience of your peers as well.  As such, you should not plan to disclose confidential information on your invention. 

Key Dates

Proposal submission deadline:  September 18, 2015

Notification of second round presenters:  September 30, 2015

Project presentation for invited investigators:  October 21, 2015

Notification of award:  November 15, 2015


General Guidelines


APDC is seeking proposals from inventors in the medical community who have medical device concepts or ideas for use with pediatric patients.  Proposals should address a significant pediatric problem with device ideas ready to progress from an initial concept that addresses an unmet need to a commercially viable product. 

The proposal should be directed towards development of a commercializable product, not research of a scientific concept.  Issues such as prototyping, manufacturing, marketing, and regulatory clearance will be paramount and should be addressed explicitly.

Proposal Format

Proposal Page limit: 5 pages total

Font size: 11-12 point
Margin: 0.5 inches

Application should include:

1. Cover page (1 page) with the following information:

  1. Title of Project
  2. Applicant Name(s), Titles, Email Addresses
  3. Company, Institution, or School and Department
  4. Notification address
  5. Requested Award Amount (please note that indirect costs are not allowed)
  6. Abstract – A short executive summary

2. Description of proposed project following the outline provided below (3 page maximum).  Applications are generally for one year of funding.

  1. Unmet need in pediatric care
  2. Describe the clinical application/situation/condition that the project is to address. Estimates of the number of potential patients that would benefit and patient characteristics should be included such as: age range, weight, etc.
  3. Idea/Concept
  4. Describe the pediatric medical device concept or idea that will be developed with seed grant funding.
  5. Significance
  6. Describe the benefits the project will have on the technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that relate to improvement in pediatric healthcare.



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