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Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care

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Nurses have always been critical partners on the frontlines of care, and the backbone of our healthcare system. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised new challenges for nurses and health workers and brought into focus the obstacles that they face around the world, every day.

The power of nurse-led innovation and know-how may be more critical than ever when developing potential solutions amid a global crisis. With extensive patient experience, nurses’ ideas have the potential to profoundly improve human health.

In connection with our overall commitment to supporting frontline healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson & Johnson is proud  to continue the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenges series with a new challenge inspired by the NurseHack4Health: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon where over 500 nurses, healthcare professionals, and tech enthusiasts convened virtually to help ideate potential solutions for COVID-19 health challenges. This QuickFire Challenge is open to all nurse innovators, and aims to help nurture early-stage ideas from the frontlines of COVID-19 by celebrating, supporting, & mentoring the nurse innovators behind them.


Introducing the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care together with the  American Organization for Nursing LeadershipTM (AONL) and the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Leaders (SONSIEL). Nurses from around the world are invited to submit ideas aiming to improve COVID-19 patient care.

The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding, mentoring from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem to help bring their ideas to life. 

As innovators on the frontlines of healthcare, nurses have the power to profoundly change lives. Johnson & Johnson has the scale, resources and know-how to help move them forward. Put these two together, and that changes everything.

We have never stopped and never will stop advocating for, elevating and empowering nurses as innovative, critical leaders on the frontline.

Learn more about nurses who innovate, and the commitment Johnson & Johnson has made to nurses over the past 120 years at https://nursing.jnj.com/our-commitment.

Learn more about how we are supporting front line health workers amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

What we're looking for

We are looking for nurse-led ideas from nurses and nursing students around the world focused on improving COVID-19 patient care, with specific interest in, for example: facilitating remote patient monitoring and communications, data and reporting, resiliency and self-care, supporting a safe return to work or school, supporting sharing of best practices, and addressing racial disparities and inequities in healthcare.

Potential nurse-led solutions will be evaluated by a panel of independent nurse reviewers and judges on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Potential impact on transforming human health
  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Feasibility of the idea
  • Thoroughness of approach
  • Identification of key resources and plan to further idea

Areas of interest

  • Treatment protocols
  • Health technologies
  • Medical devices
  • Treatment approaches
  • Consumer products
  • Community health approaches
  • Screening tools


Grant funding up to $100,000
  • Mentoring from experts within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
  • Access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS ecosystem

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Don’t miss the deadline

For more than 120 years, Johnson & Johnson has supported nurses, through employment, platforms, partnerships, training and millions in scholarships, helping to educate, empower and inspire those in the field.

We also recognize that nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system, especially during a pandemic, and through extensive patient experience have ideas with the potential to profoundly improve human health.  Johnson & Johnson firmly believes that nurses are our critical partners on the frontlines of care.

The power of nurse-led innovation has taken on a whole new meaning during 2020 and this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife as we find ourselves at a historical juncture—one where nurse know-how is critical to developing potential solutions amid a global crisis.


August 5, 2020
Applications Open
September 29, 2020
Applications Close


What if I’m having trouble accessing the portal/website?

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Can I submit supporting documents (for example a video) as part of my application?

You will have the opportunity and are encouraged to upload supporting materials such as slide decks, research papers, and videos as part of your application. You may submit a video along with your typed responses. Maximum length is 2 minutes.

Is it ok if some of the information I submit is confidential?

Do not submit confidential information. Only non-confidential information should be submitted and anything you submit will be treated as non-confidential.

What happens with IP (Intellectual Property)?

As this is a no strings attached arrangement, JLABS does not acquire any IP.  Any IP creation and/or protection remains the sole responsibility of the inventors.

Is a patent required to apply?

No, a patent is not required to apply.  However, you should not submit any information that you wish to keep confidential or that may negatively impact upon the future patentability of your invention.

What kind of science / technology is appropriate for the Challenges?

We encourage all to apply. Find out more about what areas we desire to explore here: https://www.jnjinnovation.com/partnering

Who is eligible to apply?

Each Challenge has its own terms & conditions that can be found prior to filling out the application.

What are the specific criteria for application?

Potential nurse-led solutions will be evaluated by a panel of independent nurse reviewers and judges on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Potential impact to transform human health
  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Feasibility of the idea
  • Thoroughness of approach

Identification of key resources and plan to further idea

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Challenge or the application process?

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Where do I apply? And do I have to complete the application in one sitting?

Go to https://nursing.jnj.com/innovate-with-us/nurses-innovate-quickfire-challenge to learn more. From there you can access the JLABS website and set up an account.

You can setup an account at https://jnj-quickfire.smapply.io. You are able to save your work and log back in to finish at a later time if needed.

About Johnson & Johnson Nursing

Johnson & Johnson has supported the nursing profession for over 120 years because we believe nurses are the backbone of health care, and uniquely positioned to improve patient outcomes and transform health care.  As we work to change the trajectory of health for humanity, Johnson & Johnson is proud to support and elevate the visibility and impact of nursing as innovative leaders with the power to strengthen health systems. We believe that. Nurses change lives. And that changes everything.

About Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC focuses on accelerating all stages of innovation worldwide and forming collaborations between entrepreneurs and Johnson & Johnson’s global healthcare businesses. Johnson & Johnson Innovation provides scientists, entrepreneurs and emerging companies with one-stop access to science and technology experts who can facilitate collaborations across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer companies of Johnson & Johnson. Under the Johnson & Johnson Innovation umbrella of businesses, we connect with innovators through our regional Innovation Centers; Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS; JJDC, Inc.; and our business development teams to create customized deals and novel collaborations that speed development of innovations to solve unmet needs in patients. JLABS provides the laboratories, expertise, education, tools and resources needed to help life science startups thrive, all with no strings attached. A Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center (CDI @ TMC) has been established to accelerate the development of medical devices. For more information about Johnson & Johnson Innovation, please visit: www.jnjinnovation.com.

About Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS

Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (JLABS) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering innovators across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and health tech sectors to create and accelerate the delivery of life-saving, life-enhancing health and wellness solutions to patients around the world. JLABS achieves this by providing the optimal environment for emerging companies to catalyze growth and optimize their research and development by opening them to vital industry connections, delivering entrepreneurial programs and providing a capital-efficient, flexible platform where they can transform the scientific discoveries of today into the breakthrough healthcare solutions of tomorrow. At JLABS, we value great ideas and are passionate about removing obstacles to success to help innovators unleash the potential of their early scientific discoveries. JLABS is a no-strings-attached model, which means entrepreneurs are free to develop their science while holding on to their intellectual property. JLABS also produces campaigns to seek out the best science called QuickFire Challenges. For more information, visitwww.jlabs.jnjinnovation.comor follow @JLABS.


The Society Of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL) is purpose-built to create new opportunities and recognition for all Nurses within health care innovation. With a diverse membership, the organization collaborates across existing Nursing organizations and shares a common goal of positioning the profession to participate in developing solutions and increasing Nursing’s influence as leaders of health care innovation.

SONSIEL Nurses are courageous solution driven, collaborative, change makers, influencers, thought leaders, champions of innovation, risk takers — all committed to elevating and supporting one another. Each has an impressive record of demonstrable impact and accomplishments within the profession and beyond.  SONSIEL annually hosts their ThinC Conference: The Healthcare Conference designed and led by nurses; NurseHackathons, Monthly Virtual Nurse Innovation Meetups, A Year Fellowship program: FIEL: Fellowship of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership; and orchestrated the largest movement of PPE led by a nursing organization in the US, via the SHARE program, which helped distribute over 300,000 pieces of PPE directly to the frontlines in 2020; in addition they published the Rebel Nurse Handbook, which is a compilation of short stories of over 40 stories of the founding members of SONSIEL who share their stories of changing the trajectory of nursing.  

SONSIEL is an international platform for Nurses to engage and advocate for Nursing’s role in influencing and directly impacting global health through innovation, and entrepreneurship. The organization is recognized as an Associate Member of The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO) to the United Nations.  This status enables SONSIEL members to participate on committees at the United Nations and have a worldwide impact.

About the American Organization for Nursing LeadershipTM (AONL)

As the national professional organization of more than 10,000 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is the voice of nursing leadership. AONL’s membership encompasses nurse leaders working in hospitals, health systems, academia and other care settings across the care continuum. Since 1967, the organization has led the field of nursing leadership through professional development, advocacy and research that advances nursing leadership practice and patient care. AONL is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. For more information, visit AONL.org.

Promotion of this opportunity does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by AONL of any of the products, services or opinions of JJI, and of AONL and JJI of any affiliated organizations or individuals participating. 

AONL and JJI bear no responsibility regarding the selection of the awardees, as far as organized via the engagement of external parties, and AONL bears no responsibility for the application and selection process as organized via JJI’s website, nor for the opportunities as provided for by JnJ’s as part of JnJ’s part of the Award.

Please contact JJI for answers to questions regarding the opportunity.