The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

Pilot Grants — BIODESIGN (MedTech)


The Spectrum Innovations and Pilots Program accelerates the translation of medical discoveries into better health through innovation training, mentorships and pilot funding of promising projects.

Innovation training and project development support are offered through these fellowship and educational programs:

  • Biodesign (medtech innovation)
  • SPARK (biopharma innovation)
  • SPADA (Stanford Predictives and Diagnostics Accelerator)

Spectrum Pilot Grants for Medtech must have the objective of translating discoveries into novel medtech products that address unmet medical needs. Emphasis will be placed on technologies that have the potential to advance rapidly into patient care through development by venture funded startups, licensing to established companies, or other pathways. Funds must be applied to specific tasks that increase the probability of translational success and outside funding. Some examples include prototype device development, preclinical studies and investigator-initiated pilot clinical studies. For a list of funded projects from previous cycles, please visit "List of Past Pilot Grant Awards" article below. Note only projects involving Stanford-owned intellectual property will be considered.

The defined scope of the Medtech component is to support projects involving medical devices and mobile technologies used for (1) therapeutic applications and (2) device-based patient specific (or POC) diagnostic applications.

Applications for the 2016 cycle of funding are due by 6pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Before applying, please carefully review the 2016 Request for Proposals for Medtech.

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