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Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Oncology

Challenge ended

Grant funding up to $100,000



The Electronic Patient Visit Assessment (ePVA) of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing: The Electronic Patient Visit Assessment (ePVA) is a digital health platform for capturing patient-reported symptoms of cancer treatment, enabling real-time interventions and capturing clinical & quality data for reimbursement.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital: The Nationwide Children's Hospital team has developed a mobile application for capturing the entire symptom experience of children with cancer in an interactive and fun interface, enabling personalized interventions and care.

Read more about our awardees here

According to the American Cancer Society[1], in 2019, there will be an estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States.

Oncology nurses are at the forefront of cancer care. Whether tending to patients’ needs, carrying out clinical trials, developing new models of healthcare delivery, or advancing evidence-based research, nurses are experts in the best practices and opportunities for improvement when it comes to cancer prevention, treatment and remission care.  

That’s why we are proud to announce a new Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge - the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Oncology together with the Oncology Nursing Society.

Nurses around the world are invited to submit innovative ideas aimed at improving oncology care – including but not limited to prevention, early detection, treatment, and care for cancer survivors. 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.

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

[1] https://www.cancer.org/research/cancer-facts-statistics/all-cancer-facts-figures/cancer-facts-figures-2019.html

What we’re looking for

We are looking for ideas from practicing & retired nurses around the world focused on transforming oncology care.

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

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

Area of Interest

  • New treatment protocols
  • New health technologies
  • New medical devices
  • New preventive approaches
  • New consumer products
  • New community health approaches
  • New 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

Why this challenge matters to us

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, 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.

We believe that by working together, we can spark the next great idea that can change the trajectory of human health.


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

  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Potential impact on human health
  • 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.

November 20, 2019
Applications Open
February 7, 2020
Submission Deadline

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, visit www.jlabs.jnjinnovation.com or follow @JLABS. 

About Johnson & Johnson Nursing

Johnson & Johnson has supported the nursing profession for over 120 years because we believe nurses are uniquely positioned to change the global trajectory of health for humanity. Nurses, over 29 million strong2, are our critical partners on the frontlines of care and are the backbone of healthcare systems around the world. 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 by championing nurse-led innovation, supporting skills development, developing nurse leaders and strengthening nurse resiliency. We are committed to advocating for, and empowering nurses globally as critical drivers of better health outcomes. Together with our partners, Johnson & Johnson is proud to shine a spotlight on nurses and their impact, and directly empower their work, because we believe they are, and have always been, catalysts to changing the trajectory of health for humanity. Nurses change lives. And that changes everything.

About the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.