We provide a variety of services to the clinical and engineering communities at USC including the following:
o Development and Manufacture of Medical Devices
o Regulatory Strategies for Medical Device Development
o Technology Development Pathways
o SBIR/STTR Funding Mechanisms
o Industry Engagement and Corporate Collaborations
The Seed Program creates, develops, and/or de-risks translational projects. Funds can be used to generate preliminary data, acquire more substantial validation data, obtain expert advice to address a defined risk, develop a business case or substantiate clinical utility, generate product development and commercialization strategies, etc. Capped at $25,000, awards are intended to achieve a key milestone or enable a de-risking activity to attract follow-on funding, including but not limited to the Coulter Pilot Program.
The Pilot Program offers grants of up to approximately $100K awarded for up to a one year period. Project proposals are evaluated by a core team on the basis of their clinical merit, their potential health care impact and significance, their timeline and pathway to commercialization, and most importantly their potential for obtaining further financial investment to translate the particular solution to healthcare.
Please click here to access the Pre-proposal Application Form/Letter of Intent (LOI) template and submit the completed form to the Coulter Program Director at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Online applications can be accessed through the 'Apply Now' button at the bottom of the page and submitted in lieu of the LOI.
Seed applications and pilot applications are accepted once a year (Cycle 5 deadline: October 1, 2015). All applicant teams will participate in a series of workshops known as USC C3i, beginning October 15, 2015. Select teams will be invited to submit a full proposal for pilot or seed funding in March. The USC C3i bootcamp series of workshops and other resources (including regulatory and reimbursement consultations, market analysis and IP consultations) are provided to invited teams to help with proposal preparation. Final Proposals are then reviewed by the oversight committee and a subset of finalists is then invited to present their project to the oversight committee in May for final funding decisions. A detailed schedule for the cycle 5 pilot program can be found here.