UCSF Pediatric Device Accelerator

Win up to $50K to advance your pediatric medical device towards patient impact. Submit your LOI by October 13, 2017.

The UCSF Pediatric Device Accelerator

combines seed funding with customized clinical, engineering, regulatory, business, and product development advising from experienced innovators and industry leaders to help drive promising pediatric device ideas towards market availability for patient benefit. 


The award is managed by the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium (PDC), an FDA-funded program to accelerate the development and increase the availability of medical devices designed specifically for pediatric needs. The Pediatric Device Accelerator is supported by the UCSF PDC's exclusive panel of over 30 experts and consultants from academia, industry, and venture capital. Awardees are expected to provide quarterly progress updates to PDC leadership.



  • Up to $50,000 per project (a total of $250,000 available)
  • Advising, prototyping support, and commercialization coaching by the UCSF PDC and industry partners


The competition is open to academic, business, or independent inventors with a promising pediatric device idea at any stage of development that, if accepted, is willing to invest the necessary time to work with the UCSF PDC and its advisors to develop their idea into a marketable product. Selected finalists must be available to present at our pitch competition in San Francisco on Tuesday, November 14.

The device must meet the FDA definition of a medical device and must be intended for use in the pediatric population (birth to 21).

Projects that have been funded by another FDA-funded Pediatric Device Consortia within the past calendar year are not eligible. Funding status will be confirmed prior to finalist notification.


September 21 - October 13

October 20

October 20 - November 8

November 14, 6:00 PM in San Francisco, CA

December 2017 - November 2018

Letter of Intent period:

Finalists notified:

Full proposal period:

Pitch Competition:

Project period:

Application Process

Submit a Letter of Intent by Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM PDT. The application includes a brief summary of the project, covering the unmet clinical need, technology proposed, development status, assistance needed, project team, and funding status. All applications will be evaluated and notified of next steps by October 20.


Letters of Intent will be evaluated on the following:

  1. Clinical significance
  2. Technical and development feasibility
  3. Likelihood for successfully getting to market
  4. Team

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