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Frequently Asked Questions About the Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) Grant Program


What is the Pediatric Device Consortia Grant Program? 
FDA funds consortia which provide expert advising and support services to innovators of children's devices. These services include business and regulatory consulting, as well as device testing capabilities.
Specific areas of expertise provided by the consortia include intellectual property advising; prototyping; engineering; laboratory and animal testing; grant-writing; and clinical trial design.
A successful Pediatric Device Consortium brings together individuals and institutions that can support pediatric medical device progression through all stages of development—concept formation, prototyping, preclinical, clinical, manufacturing, marketing, and commercialization.The consortia are expected to support a mix of projects at all stages of development, particularly the later stages of clinical, manufacturing, and marketing.
Concept formation; prototyping; preclinical; clinical; manufacturing; marketing; commercialization
To accomplish this work, the consortia unite individuals, groups, or institutions to provide the following capabilities: knowledge of the clinical needs for pediatric devices, business planning, regulatory advising, intellectual property protections and other legal expertise, as well as scientific, engineering, pre-clinical, and clinical capabilities.
This program is intended to further the development of multiple pediatric devices; thus, grants are not awarded to support the development of a single device project.  Although administered by the Office of Orphan Products Development, this grant program is intended to encompass devices that could be used in all pediatric conditions and diseases, not just rare diseases. 

What are the Objectives of the PDC Grant Program?
The goal of the FDA’s PDC Grant Program is to support the development of nonprofit consortia designed to stimulate projects which will promote pediatric device development.
The consortia will facilitate the development, production, and distribution of pediatric medical devices by:
1)     encouraging innovation and connecting qualified individuals with pediatric device ideas with potential
2)     mentoring and managing pediatric device projects through the development process, including product
        identification, prototype design, device development, and marketing; 
3)     connecting innovators and physicians to existing Federal and non-Federal resources; 
4)     assessing the scientific and medical merit of proposed pediatric device projects; and 
5)     providing assistance and advice as needed on business development, personnel training, prototype
        development, and post-marketing needs.

How can I learn more about the PDC Grant Program?
Applications for the 2013 Grant Cycle awards were due on June 1, 2013. 
To view the RFA, click here.  
The RFA provides an in-depth explanation of the program, characteristics of a pediatric device consortium, and a description of how applications to this program were evaluated.
What defines Pediatric and Pediatric Use?
The FDA definition of “pediatric”, for purposes of device development, encompasses devices used for patients who are 21 years of age or younger at the time of diagnosis or treatment.
The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiologic Health, defines “pediatric use” as any use of a medical device in a pediatric population in which there is a primary pediatric indication OR a more general indication where considerable pediatric application is anticipated.
How much money is available for PDC Grant Program Grants?
In 2013, the agency awarded a total of $3.6 million to seven consortia. These were mostly five year grants. The actual amount of funding awarded to these groups in the upcoming four years will depend on annual Congressional appropriations.