We Are Proud to Announce Our Annual Pediatric Medical Device Grant


Pediatric patients have long been an underserved population in the technology space with many having to deal with ill-fitted medical devices and a lack of access to effective diagnostic or therapeutic devices. CTIP aims to address these unmet needs.

Introducing the Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation (CPI) Grant, CTIP's pediatric medical device competition to assist the development of medical device projects for children. We invite proposals addressing the development of novel devices and technologies for pediatric patients.


Letters of Intent

2021 APPLications are closed

Letters of intent will be considered by the CPI Grant Committee. Based on the comparative merits of all proposals submitted, the most qualified proposals will be designated as finalists. Finalists will be invited to submit a full application.

APPLicationswill reopen in 2022

The Basics

  • Up to $25,000-$50,000 per grant will be awarded.
  • 1 year grants.
  • Letter of Intent due May 3, 2021 (see details in linked document).

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility requirements for the Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation (CPI) Grant include the following:

  • Must be a novel pediatric medical device or technology.
  • Medical devices must meet the FDA definition of a medical device.
  • Development of novel drugs and chemical therapies will not be funded. Process improvement and innovations are also not eligible for funding. In addition, fetal devices / technologies (without other pediatric applications) will not be funded.
  • Projects must be a pediatric medical device or technology innovation that leads to improved patient experience, quality, outcomes, or efficiency.
  • Eligible projects must have clear achievable milestones for the funding period with specific metrics or deliverables.
  • Projects should be short in duration with funding intended to last no more than 12 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Apply

Who can apply?

Any company, group or individual working on the development of an innovative pediatric (but not fetal) medical device or technology within the US is eligible to apply.

Can international entities apply to the grant competition?

Unfortunately, only projects taking place in the US are eligible to apply for this grant. Funding from the FDA cannot be given to non-US entities.

Can I apply for this grant  if I have received money from another FDA sponsored Pediatric Device Consortium (PDC) for this same project?

Maybe. There are specific rules from the FDA about the timing and amount of funding companies, groups, or individuals can receive from multiple PDCs. If you have previously received any form of direct funding or monetary grant from another FDA Pediatric Device Consortium for a specific technology or medical device, please contact us via info@westcoastctip.org first before submitting your Letter of Intent.

If I have received funding from another PDC for one technology does that disqualify me from receiving funding from this grant for a different new technology?

No. If a company has previously received funding and support for a medical device from another PDC, but for a different device, there is no conflict. A company can submit a proposal and receive funding for a different medical device.

Can only technologies/innovations associated with academic institutions apply?

No. Applications are encouraged from both companies and academic institutions. Funding decisions are based on the merit of the project and feasibility of the milestones with respect to funding.

Use of Funds

Can funds be used to repurpose an adult device for kids?

No. For our grant competition, we are looking for novel solutions addressing pediatric needs. Validation or repurposing of adult technologies/medical devices for pediatric applications does not meet this criteria.

Is the grant intended only for the development of new technologies and medical device, or can funds be requested to test existing technologies?

No. The grant is intended to fund novel pediatric medical devices or technologies, not for testing of existing devices.

Can funds be used toward the development of fetal devices?

No. These grants are limited to pediatric innovations. The FDA do not classify fetal technologies under pediatric devices/technologies.

Will you cover research?

Yes. All research projects that involve human subjects research must be submitted and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation of the research. All research projects that involve animal research must be submitted and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to initiation of the animal experiments.

Can funds be applied toward overhead and indirect costs?

No, the grant must be used for direct costs. Overhead and indirects are not allowed. CPI Grants are funded with allocated Direct Device Funding (DDF) from the CTIP FDA Pediatric Device Consortium grant. Activities supported by this DDF include prototyping, testing, and modeling. DDF funding is not intended to support overhead or indirect costs of awardees. Institutions with a federal indirect cost rate agreement must submit documentation signed by an authorized institutional official acknowledging that an application budget submitted in response to this funding opportunity announcement will not include indirect costs.


Will CTIP own any of the intellectual property in my idea or require an equity stake?

No. All intellectual property belonging to the innovator or company will remain its own property irrespective of funding decision.

Is the grant aimed at consumer grade products or clinical grade devices?

Both are welcome. Funding decisions are based on the merit of the project and feasibility of the milestones with respect to funding. The key criterion is that projects be a pediatric medical device or technology innovation that leads to improved patient experience, quality, outcomes, or efficiency.

In addition to the grant, are there other ways that CTIP helps pediatric device projects?

Yes. Project applicants, regardless of ultimate funding decision, may be eligible for additional types of support through CTIP. Available support includes consulting services for regulatory assistance, business plan development, grant writing, competitive analysis, reimbursement strategy, biostatistics, and prototype design.