Philips Grand Challenge (Supports Sleep and Respiratory Solutions)

The Philips Grand Challenge seeks to advance innovations developed at Pitt in the areas of sleep and respiratory health improvement. The challenge will provide three awards in the amounts of $60,000; $30,000; and $10,000 to promote commercialization of these innovations. The awards can support a variety of pre-commercialization activities and are geared toward consumer-oriented solutions and outpatient and home care solutions.

Responses to this request must address at least one the following product/market topic areas:

1. Reduces sleep loss or improves sleep quality that affect emotional processing in the brain, ameliorating the impacts of mind/body disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, concussion, depression, or addiction.
2. Better manages age-related physiological or homeostatic regulatory changes of sleep and circadian rhythms (e.g., endocrine, dietary, immune, disease states).
3. Helps improve quality of life of patients with chronic disease (e.g., obesity, chronic pain, respiratory disease, renal failure, spinal cord injury and heart disease).
4. Offers interventions that reduce impacts of interrupted sleep in menopausal women, parents, pregnant women, and their newborns.
5. Facilitates in-home nursing and other home healthcare worker tools and processes to improve patient sleep leading to improved quality of life and reduced hospital admissions and readmissions.
6. Improves sleep and, in turn, improves worker productivity and/or quality of life in employees with rotating shift schedules (often found in manufacturing, long-haul trucking, pilots, security guards, soldiers and first responders).
7. Monitor and control the interaction of an individual’s sleep environment to improve sleep quality or the sleep experience with emphasis on identifying and mitigating sources of sleep disruption.

1. Improves management of chronic respiratory disease and its acute symptoms (e.g., stranding, stress).
2. Provides assistive technologies for daily living for individuals with chronic respiratory challenges (e.g., COPD, asthma).

Pitt full-time faculty with a primary appointment in an academic department may apply.
Proposals are due at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 28.

An information session will take place on Wednesday, August 16, at 4 p.m. in the Gardner Steel Conference Center, Room 209. Get more details here: