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Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s Maternal Health QuickFire Challenge – United States

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 14, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 18, 2020
Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS logo
Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS logo

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) May 2019 Vital Signs Report, every year in the United States, approximately 50,000 mothers are severely injured and nearly 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications. Of these deaths, the CDC estimates that three in five are preventable and half the injuries could be avoided with proper care. While death and complication rates around the globe decrease, the United States faces increasing rates, making it the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth.

The goal of the Maternal Health QuickFire Challenge is to discover solutions aimed to help mothers survive and prevent adverse consequences from pregnancy and childbirth.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC:
a) focuses on accelerating all stages of innovation worldwide and forming collaborations between entrepreneurs and Johnson & Johnson’s global healthcare businesses;
b) believes a good idea can come from anywhere, and it’s their goal to find innovative health solutions that aim to improve health around the world.

JLABS encourages innovators to submit potentially ground-breaking ideas in perinatal care, including a particular interest in the following areas:
> Consumer Healthcare
> Community Health Approaches
> Health Technologies
> Medical Devices
> Patient Care
> Pharmaceuticals
> Cross-sector Initiatives.

Priority will be given to science-based potential innovations backed by data. Applications that clearly describe a concept or path forward to achieve these goals will also be considered during evaluation. Please keep in mind that no idea is too big or too early for consideration.

The innovator(s) with the best idea, potential technology, or potential solution will receive up to $200,000 in grant funding, access to the global JLABS network and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

Utilize This Offer

Johnson & Johnson Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) Women’s Health team, together with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS invite visionaries to submit ideas aiming to improve pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care for women, making birth safer in the United States and potentially changing the trajectory of health for a lifetime.

The submitted potential solution must be either be pioneering or evidence based.
Please provide data supporting the theory of change or the intervention accordingly.

Application Deadline: June 19, 2020 UTC.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 14, 2020
May 14, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020

Thanks, Ana.