Pediatric Technology Center (PTC) Request for Proposals: Imlay Innovation Fund

Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017

Program Purpose: The Imlay Innovation Fund is intended solely to support collaborative activities and pediatric innovation and discovery efforts between Georgia Tech and Children’s, focusing on practical steps that will lead to clinical impact as well as potential commercial opportunities.

Proposals should focus on solving a problem related to the theme of Quality / Patient Safety.  Examples may include, but are not limited to:
  • Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
  • IV Infiltrate Prevention
  • Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  • Medication Error Prevention
Two types of projects are eligible for funding:

1.    Quick Wins: Quick Wins (QW) allows Children’s clinicians and clinical administrative leaders to bring problems that impact care delivery to the attention of scientists and engineers at Georgia Tech to help develop innovative solutions. Successful projects have ranged from pediatric specific surgical device development in partnership with a surgeon and biomedical engineer to improvement of workflow in a busy outpatient clinic in partnership with physicians, clinical administrative leadership, architectural researchers, and industrial engineers. Quick Wins supports projects that can be accomplished in 12-18 months and can be quickly translated into practice. It is possible, but not guaranteed, that a Quick Wins award could help to position an investigator for a successful Innovation Investment application (described below) within the 2 years following the QW award. Quick Wins awards will be funded up to $125K.

2.    Innovation Investment: Innovation Investment is intended to help bridge the funding gap that often blocks the next phase of implementation or commercialization after initial proof of concept. Innovation Investment awards should allow investigators to collect much-needed data, complete further proof-of-concept studies, or to produce prototypes for testing in order to effectively compete for extramural or investment funding. Innovation Investment projects will typically be funded for a one-year period. Applications for multi-year awards will be accepted only with prior approval, and can receive a total of no more than $250K. An important part of the proposal is a potential for commercialization and/or implementation, as well as potential to positively impact child health.

Please click here for more information and application instructions.

Jen King, Project Manager, Research and Academic Administration or 404-785-1581