What if I’m having trouble accessing the portal/website?
Make sure your browser is up to date and accepting cookies. You can contact the Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge Team at JJInnovationChallengeTeam@its.jnj.com if you are having technical difficulties.
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 (maximum length of 2 minutes) along with your typed responses.
Is it OK if some of the information I submit is confidential or proprietary to a third party?
Do not submit confidential information or information proprietary to a third party. Only nonconfidential information should be submitted and anything you submit will be treated as nonconfidential.
What happens with IP (Intellectual Property)?
As this is a no-strings-attached arrangement, 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 the future patentability of your invention.
What kind of science/technology is appropriate to apply?
We encourage all to apply. Find out more about what areas we desire to explore here.
Who is eligible to apply?
The Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge has its own terms and conditions that can be found prior to filling out the application, which you need to accept prior to applying. Submissions on behalf of academic institutions, large corporations and national organizations are not eligible.
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:
Focus on health inequities experienced by Black and Hispanic people
Health impact to defined metro area with the potential to expand
Feasibility and practicality of solution
Implementation plan and timeline
Risks and challenges
Team quality and capabilities
Initial funding request does not exceed $75,000
Submissions on behalf of academic institutions, large corporations and national organizations are not eligible
Do I/Application Team need to be located in the city where my application is submitted?
Yes. Applicants should reside or work within a 50-mile radius of the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia. For Los Angeles applications, applicants should reside or work within the county of Los Angeles.
Who can I contact if I have questions about the program or the application process?
We’re looking for ideas and potential solutions that may help resolve the health inequities impacting Black and Hispanic communities. At Johnson & Johnson, we strongly believe we can do better to make care accessible—for everyone.
Johnson & Johnson is committed to eradicating racial and social justice as a public health threat by eliminating health inequities for people of color. The company is committing $100 million over the next five years to invest and promote health equity solutions.