Target Challenge

2017 Target Challenge

For a fourth year, NEPDC has announced funding and in-kind service support for solutions targeting a specific need in pediatric healthcare. NEPDC opened a call for devices addressing unintended removal or dislodgment of catheters or tubing in early June 2017. Read full press release here.

Previous Target Challenges


2016 Target Challenge

Four winners were announced in 2016 Target Challenge grant competition held by NEPDC, Center for Translation of Rehabilitation of Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT), Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Innovators addressing the unmet need for medical devices used in pediatric rehabilitation were awarded funding and assistance. Read more here.

2015 Target Challenge

NEPDC and partners, National Sleep Foundation and Graham‘s Foundation, announced two award recipients in October 2015, for the Target Challenge which sought technologies to diagnose and detect apnea.

2014 Target Challenge

The inaugural Target Challenge sought out novel technologies to prevent, treat, or reduce pediatric pressure ulcers. NEPDC announced two award recipients in November 2014.

“The funds provided from NEPDC were critical in reaching technical milestones.”

– Levi Deluke, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of Wellinks

Submitting Target Challenge Ideas

We invite individuals, parents, caregivers and others who have recognized a pediatric need that could potentially be addressed by a new commercial device to share with us their idea.

All ideas submitted to NEPDC will be reviewed, and as funding cycles permit, we will choose from these ideas to create a Target Challenge. In these Target Challenges we will present these issues to our wide network of research and development partners to cultivate and stimulate innovative device solutions that can be commercialized.