Target Challenge

2017 Target Challenge

New England Pediatric Device Consortium and partners are pleased to announce the 2017 Target Challenge grant opportunity. NEPDC invites grant proposals for the development of novel technologies and improvements to existing technologies to prevent or aid in the prevention of unintended removal of tubes or drains, or unplanned dislodgement of intravenous lines.

Key Dates

  • Abstract: Open Submission until July 7, 2017
  • Application (by invitation only): July 24, 2017
  • Notification of Finalists: August 18, 2017
  • Notification of Award: Six to eight weeks following the application submission deadline

Click here to read the RFA.

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.