1. The application must be based on intellectual property (IP) developed at Boston Children’s Hospital with the rights assigned to the hospital. The principal investigator must be a Boston Children’s employee.
  2. A complete invention disclosure must be on file with the Technology and Innovation Development Office (TIDO). To file an invention disclosure, please contact your TIDO Licensing Manager, if you have not already done so.
  3. For $150k Technology Development Grants, at least one patent application for the technology should be filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prior to the submission of the Letter of Intent. The patent strategy and commercialization path for the technology must be well defined.

The TDF’s reviewers, both internal and external, look at the following:

  • Medical need or research significance
  • Path to market
  • Alignment with hospital’s mission
  • The potential impact of the grant
  • Technical feasibility
  • Freedom to operate
  • Stage of development

Upon completion, please email completed application and reference papers to us at technology.development@childrens.harvard.edu.

Selected applicants will be invited to make a brief presentation to an external advisory board.

  1. Prepare a brief 10-minute presentation for the external advisory board. It is recommended that applicants follow the presentation guidelines provided.
  2. Attend and present at the day-long External Advisory Board Presentation.


Following the Advisory Board Presentation, TDF will release award announcements. Awardees who have been selected to receive funding will prepare and submit a project plan.


Because the evaluation and selection process will place a strong emphasis on the project’s commercial potential, applicants are encouraged to contact us at technology.development@childrens.harvard.edu prior to submissions.