3rd Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition

December 16, 2013 (All day)

3rd Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition

*Thank you for your interest.  We are no longer accepting applications for this year's Innovation Competition, but expect to hold yearly competitions.

However, if you are interested in discussing your project or you'd like assistance with it, contact us here.


Request for Applications for Seed Grant Funding

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) is pleased to announce its 3rd 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), CHOA, and Virginia Commonwealth University (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.)

Our focus this year is helping to bridge the gap that often follows device development and prototyping, as the promising medical device must also be manufactured, cleared by the FDA, marketed, and sold.  We will consider projects that are past the prototype phase of development as a priority.

The application for seed grant funding begins with a written proposal, submitted to the APDC Innovation Competition Review Committee. Proposals are due on 12/16/2013, and selected investigators will be notified by 1/15/2014 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, see Note 2 below.  Proposal presentations will be held on the Georgia Tech campus on February 1, 2014.

Key Dates

Proposal submission deadline: December 16, 2013

Notification of second round presenters:  by January 15, 2014

Project presentation for invited investigators:  February 1, 2014

Notification of award:  February 19, 2014

General Guidelines


APDC is seeking proposals from inventors in medical institutions, private practices, the business community, and academic researchers 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 toward 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: 7 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 (5 page maximum).  Applications are generally for one year of funding.

  1. Unmet need in pediatric care

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.

  1. Idea/Concept

Describe the pediatric medical device concept or idea that will be developed with seed grant  funding.

  1. Significance

Describe the benefits the project will have on the technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that relate to improvement in pediatric healthcare.

  1. Approach/Milestones:

Identify the current state of development of your device (concept, prototype, preclinical, clinical, manufacturing, marketing or commercial use) and describe your approach for moving it through the next few phases with seed grant funding for which you are applying. Specify the current status of your intellectual property.

  1. Product marketing plans

Describe your market analysis to date. 

  1. Project team, resources and environment

Describe your project team and the resources you will require to complete the work proposed.

3. Budget & Budget Justification (1/2 page):

Provide an itemized budget for funds requested. Prototype production, data collection and analysis, clinical and pre-clinical studies, testing, manufacturing costs, cost of consultants, quality systems development, materials, and personnel support are eligible budget categories. Grants are expected to range from $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000 for one year.

4. References (1/2 page):

References and citations may be used in support of the description of the proposed project, but should be kept within the page limit. 

Review Process and Scoring Criteria

Scoring by the APDC Innovation Competition Review Committee will be based on an assessment of the following factors: 1) clinical significance of the pediatric device, 2) approach to product development, 3) likelihood for marketing success, 4) project team, environment, and resources, and 5) potential for additional funding.

This seed grant funding is intended to promote the commercialization of a medical device for pediatrics. The application should include a description of the long term funding strategy.

The success of the seed grant program will be measured by advancement through the product development progress, generation of intellectual property, clinical trials progress, steps toward FDA approval, follow-on funding, and clinical impact. 

Publications arising from a grant funded by this program are required to acknowledge APDC as the source of funding.

Awardees will be required to submit three quarterly progress reports and a final report.  This information will be used in APDC’s updates to the FDA and must be submitted in a timely fashion. Investigators that do not submit this report will be ineligible for future funding via this mechanism.

Applicants must be up to date with, or able to obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for work proposed, if applicable.  APDC will work with investigators to obtain an FDA IRB Reliance Agreement before any FDA-funded research involving human subjects begins.  Any additional relevant certifications (FWA numbers, CITI certifications, etc.) must be made available upon request.

Competitive Renewals

In cases of exceptional products, competitive renewals may be considered based on progress of the previously funded project.  Investigators may request an informal review before submission of a renewal application.

Prior recipients of APDC seed grant funding should include a comparison of progress against original milestones in the seed grant application. This should include a summary of the work, publications and presentations and funding applied for and/or received (an 8th page). 

Submission and Questions

Innovation Competition Applications must be submitted directly to the program via the web and do not need institutional sign-off at this phase of the competition. (i.e. will not need to go through the GT Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)).

Applications should be submitted as a single WORD document through this online system. 

Late submissions will not be accepted. Please submit by December 16, 2013.

Technical questions regarding the program may be addressed to .

Note 1:

The FDA defines a medical device as "an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including a component part, or accessory which is:

  • recognized in the official National Formulary, or the United States Pharmacopoeia, or any supplement to them,
  • intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, in man or other animals, or
  • intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, and which does not achieve any of its primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body of man or other animals and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of any of its primary intended purposes."

Note 2:

The objective of the APDC is to help move products from benchtop concepts to working products that have commercial viability.  In addition to seed grant funding, APDC provides assistance to inventors in the areas of technical, clinical, trial design, biostatistics, business planning, marketing, regulatory, legal and intellectual property.  To request assistance in any of these areas, please visit our website and complete a “Get Started” form.

APDC holds yearly Innovation Competitions. Web contact with APDC could be a first step for early stage ideas, which could be further developed into an official proposal the following year.

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