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Penn Health-Tech Accepting Applications for the Joint Call for Proposals for Medical Devices and Health Technology Development

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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



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


  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.



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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.


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



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.



FDA to Modernize 510(k) Program

FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, recently announced plans to update the FDA's 510(k) pathway for approving new medical devices.  The new plan emphasizes a need to be less reliant on older predicate technologies, and may publish when an applicant uses a predicate more than 10 years old.

"We believe that where appropriate, new medical devices that come to market under the 510(k) pathway should either account for advances in technology or demonstrate that they meet more modern safety and performance criteria."

Read the full press release here.


Provides an overview of the FDA's PDC program, of which we are part


Provides guidance regarding device classification, basic regulatory requirements for approval, Quality System regulation, labeling requirements, and medical device reporting



Allows you to search the database of issued U.S. patents


       An institute based at the University of Pittsburgh with a primary focus of the development of technology to address tissue and organ insufficiency.


       A medical device development firm with a commercialization process focused on building value, risk reduction, design for manufacture, and shortening time to market.


A partner organization of the PPDC. NAMSA is a medical research organization providing expert regulatory, laboratory, clinical, and compliance services to medical device and healthcare product manufacturers. 


Provides information about the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, including opportunities to apply for federal funding to support small companies in research and development that has a strong potential for commercialization


  • To access the other Pediatric Device Consortia:

National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation

Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium

UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium

Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics