All stages of innovations may apply, however more advanced or de-risked projects will have priority for larger funding investments. Proposals submitted to the competition must address a surgical problem or disease and describe an innovation or solution to that problem that improves the lives of surgical patients. Innovations can be in the form of new devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, digital health solutions, or programmatic efforts, but all must have the ability to translate into real patient or commercial impact.
Multidisciplinary collaborative team projects are encouraged but at least one co-Principal Investigator must be a full-time faculty member in the Department of Surgery. For single PI submissions, the PI must be a full-time faculty member in the Department of Surgery. Resident physicians, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and medical students may serve as Co-Investigators on the team.
Applications are due into the competition space by June 11, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by the Center for Surgical Innovation Oversight Committee, and finalists will be chosen in July.
- Completed Application Proposal in the form of a 3-page executive summary of the technology/innovation. (Please use the proposal template RFP document as a reference for how the document should be structured and what sections need to be included.)
- Biosketches (NIH format, 5-page limit each) for each co-PI on the project
- Signed Cover Page/Agreement from all PI/co-PIs to agree to the rules of the competition, including mandatory participation by finalists in the Surgical Innovation Development Accelerator Course. All finalists teams are required to participate in the SIDAC course which will run one Friday per month from Jan 2020 - June 2020 and will participate in the Surgical Innovation Prize Shark Tank Competition Event in June 2020, and if chosen for funding-completion of a separate funding contract.
- 3-minute Pitch Video describing the unmet surgical need/problem and the current standard of care, such as:
- What is your innovation and potential clinical impact?
- Who is on your team?
- How will MSIA be helpful to your success?