How to Apply

Participation and Eligibility

To be eligible for courses offered through the Michigan Surgical Innovation Prize, the submitter (PI or Co-PI) must be a member in good standing of the University of Michigan Department of Surgery and the innovation must address improving the care of surgical patients.

Collaborations between University of Michigan schools and other Michigan Medicine Departments is acceptable as long as a lead school is identified and IP position/split is well defined as part of the submission. 

Technologies for the MSIA course must still address a solution to a surgical problem and advance the care of surgical patients. A Department of Surgery full-time faculty must be the PI or co-PI with a substantial role on the MSIA project.

Application Process

SIDAC

Proposals should be submitted in the form of a 3 page executive summary of the technology/innovation (see proposal template RFP document for how the proposal should be structured and what sections need to be included). All stages of innovations may apply, however more advanced or derisked 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/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.

All completed applications will require 3 components to the submission:

  1. Completed Application Proposal
  2. Biosketches (NIH format, 5 page limit each) for each co-PI on the project
  3. 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.

Applications will be reviewed by the Surgical Innovation Prize Oversight Committee and 10-12 finalists will be chosen in December for investment of critical resources into completing the Surgical Innovation Development Accelerator Course (SIDAC) which meets one day monthly (Jan-June 2020) and will provide finalist teams with expert mentorship, coaching, customer discovery, prototyping services, IP and regulatory assistance, as well as milestone derisking to advance each technology. Full team participation in SIDAC is mandatory for final funding. Upon completion of the SIDAC, teams will compete in a Shark Tank Pitch competition in June 2020. Based on the Shark Tank competition results and project development through the SIDAC, final prize awardees will be determined by the Surgical Innovation Prize Oversight Committee and notified.

Applications are due into the competition space by November 15th at 5 pm.

MSIA

All completed applications will require 2 components to the submission merged as one PDF file:

  1. Completed Application Proposal with Signed Cover Page/Agreement from the PI or co-PIs to agree to the rules of the competition, including mandatory participation by finalists in the Surgical Innovation Development Accelerator Course (SIDAC) – running one afternoon monthly from January to July 2019 (in collaboration with the Fast Forward Medical Innovation group)]; participation in the Surgical Innovation Prize Shark Tank Competition Event in August 2019.
  2. Biosketches (NIH format, 5 page limit each) for each PI or Co-PI on the project.

Proposals should be submitted in the form of an executive summary of the technology/innovation (see proposal template RFP document for how the proposal should be structured and what sections need to be included). All stages of innovations may apply.

The next request for proposals for the MSIA course will be opened in November of 2020.

All applications will be reviewed by the Surgical Innovation Prize Oversight Committee.

Contact Us

For any questions, please email program coordinator Sarah Cook at saracook@med.umich.edu.