Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health
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Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health

88 days remaining

Up to $100,000 USD in grant funding

Overview

As part of our broader pledge to supporting frontline healthcare workers, Johnson & Johnson is proud to further our 120-year commitment to support for nurses including advocating for, elevating and empowering nurses as innovative leaders who strengthen health systems and change human health for the better.

Nurses are the backbone of health systems worldwide, with invaluable hands-on patient experience, resourcefulness and an innate innovative mindset, bringing forward powerful ideas on how to help improve patient outcomes and healthcare. We are proud to help bring these ideas to life.

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused a spotlight on nurses and their impact like never before, where the world is seeing nurses in action as innovative leaders who possess the resiliency and resourcefulness to navigate health emergencies and provide support to patients and fellow frontline health workers alike.[1]

That’s why we are excited to continue the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge series with a sixth challenge focused on Mental Health together with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).

Mental Health is in crisis around the world, exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19, and affecting both front-line health workers as well as the general population. We believe that nurses have the training, experience and insights to bring forth new, meaningful potential solutions.

We invite nurses and nursing students worldwide to submit their nurse-led novel concepts, education programs, protocols[1], prevention or treatment approaches, screening tools, and consumer product ideas with the power to potentially transform mental health care and well-being for their fellow healthcare professionals or the patients they serve amid the current pandemic environment and beyond.

The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding and access to mentoring from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies 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 Johnson & Johnson’s 120 years of commitment to nursing at nursing.jnj.com.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7206441/

What we're looking for

We invite nurses and nursing students worldwide to submit their nurse-led novel concepts, education programs, protocols[1], prevention or treatment approaches, screening tools, and consumer product ideas with the power to potentially transform mental health care and well-being for their fellow healthcare professionals or the patients they serve amid the current pandemic environment and beyond.

Ideas may include potential solutions for practice in any setting, including inpatient, outpatient, education, private practice, community, military and VA settings[2] and can address health and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health conditions, and care & treatment considerations for persons with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders. Example focus areas include:

  • Mental health conditions including trauma, depression, PTSD, etc.
  • The impact of health disparities/health inequities on mental health needs
  • Access to care and treatment for those with mental health and/or substance use conditions
  • Remote care delivery opportunities such as telehealth.

Potential solutions will be evaluated by a panel of 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

[1] Government owned or controlled organizations, entities, quasi-government are not eligible

[2] Government owned or controlled organizations, entities, quasi-government are not eligible

Areas of Interest

  • Treatment Protocols
  • Health Technologies
  • Medical device
  • Preventive approach
  • Consumer product
  • Community health approach
  • Screening tools

Awards

Up to $100,000 in grant funding
  • Mentoring from experts across 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, collaborations, training and funding in scholarships, helping to educate, empower and inspire those in the field.

We also recognize that while the COVID-19 pandemic placed a significant mental health strain on the general population around the world, nurses and healthcare workers have also been heavily impacted given their direct role in the crisis. As part of our long-standing commitment to supporting frontline healthcare workers, Johnson & Johnson firmly believes that nurses are critical partners to identifying and developing new, potentially life-saving methods with the potential to profoundly improve human health.

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

Apply Now

Submit your idea today! 

FAQs

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

Make sure your browser is up to date and accepting cookies. You can contact customer service at [email protected] if you are having technical difficulties as well.

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 non-confidential 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. Make sure that you do not submit any information that is non-proprietary or owned by a third party.

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, or that is not proprietary considered a trade secret or privileged.

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 we require you to accept and 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 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://jnjquickfire.secure-platform.com to learn more. From there you will be directed to set up an account.

Timeline

Oct 2, 2020
Launch QuickFire Challenge
January 15, 2021
Deadline for application submission

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; Johnson & Johnson Innovation – 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 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 the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is a resource for psychiatric-mental health nursing. A professional organization with more than 13,500 members, we are committed to the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health and wellness promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.