2021 BCM/TCH Capstone Projects

Deadline: EXTENDED to June 1st, 2021

The Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (SWPDC) is pleased to offer the annual SWPDC Annual Call for Projects to Address Unmet Needs with Novel Pediatric Devices for the 2021-2022 academic year. The purpose of these awards is to foster the innovation of pediatric medical devices.

The Capstone Project calls for project ideas still in the concept stage with an identified unmet need with no prototype yet. This project is an opportunity for innovators to connect and collaborate with future industry leaders through a partnership with Rice and Texas A&M. Ideas will be submitted as potential capstone projects for seniors.

The final posters / updates for this year’s projects (2020 – 2021) projects will be available at the Annual Engineering Showcases at Rice (mid-April 2021 http://oedk.rice.edu/showcase) and Texas A&M (late April 2021 https://engineering.tamu.edu/student-life/project-showcase/index.html)    

Eligibility Criteria:  

  • Applicants must be Texas Children’s Hospital or Baylor College of Medicine faculty or team member
  • Pediatric project ideas and identified unmet device needs who do not have a prototype yet

Please email SouthwestPDC@bcm.edu with any questions or if you are interested in the capstone project program.

Applications are open. As an alternative to airtable, we are also accepting applications via PDF attached to an email using the former template here. Further information may be requested by the SWPDC staff. Please carefully review the eligibility criteria below before applying.

Click here to access the application: APPLY HERE

The application deadline has been EXTENDED to Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CT 


Submission and Review Process

  • Online applications are due by 5:00 PM CST on Friday, April 23, 2021.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a SWPDC review committee. Notification of application outcome will be sent by June 11, 2021.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following categories: Significance, Innovation, Feasibility

Progress Report

Progress reports are required on a six-month basis. The progress report should detail progress made on the project.


SWPDC is a multi-institutional consortium that is supported by a FDA P50 grant, anchored by Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and is dedicated to improving children’s health by supporting pediatric device innovators to create novel pediatric medical devices with local, regional, and national institutional and innovation partners.

A great need currently exists for medical devices designed specifically for children, which is most likely a result of economic, clinical, and regulatory challenges, as well as a lack of established mechanisms for joining pediatric device ideas with qualified individuals/programs and industry partners to create innovative and needed pediatric devices.


The Southwest national Pediatric Device innovation Consortium (SWPDC) is one of five U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) P50 grant-supported pediatric device consortia. SWPDC is a “free no-strings-attached” virtual accelerator that supports pediatric device innovators nationwide with product, technology and business acceleration services throughout the pediatric device life cycle from idea to commercial/clinical launch.

Questions can be directed to Chester Koh, MD or Kara Toman, MPH, at SouthwestPDC@BCM.edu

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