Pediatric Device Breakthrough Collaborative Funding Program

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Sandra M. Wells, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Jodi Fenlon Rebuffoni
Project Manager
Office of Discovery and Translation

The Pediatric Device Breakthrough Collaborative Funding Program serves to move pediatric medical device technologies forward to ultimately solve a current pediatric medical need through seed funding and operational support for collaborative University and industry teams.

The program’s partners, CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT), and the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC), will provide up to $15,000 in kickstarter funding and operational support to eligible projects in 2016. Funding is only eligible to teams that include a University of Minnesota faculty member. 

ODAT and PDIC, launched the program in 2016 at its inaugural Pediatric Device Breakthrough Collaborative event held in conjunction with the Design of Medical Devices Conference. The event brought together device manufacturers, industry regulators, consulting companies, and university researchers from six states to help discover collaborative partnerships that will ultimately work to develop or move technologies forward to solve current gaps in pediatric medicine. 

Apply for funding

This funding opportunity is an open program with no deadline. Contact Jodi Fenlon Rebuffoni at or 612-626-6945 for more information or to apply. 



Matt Ambrose, MD, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Medical School Department of Pediatrics in collaboration with One Heart Health and Children's HeartLink

Project title: A Telemedicine Solution for Congenital Heart Disease Screening in Low Resource Settings

Tina M Slusher, MD, Division of Global Health, Medical School Department of Pediatrics and Ifelayo P. Ojo, MBBS, MPH, Division of Global Pediatrics, Medical School Department of Pediatrics, in collaboration with Maternova

Project title: Liquid Crystal Display Thermometer (LCDT) for Measurement of Infant Body Temperatures in Low-resource Care Settings