Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if I’m having trouble accessing the portal/website?
A: 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.
Q: Can I submit supporting documents (for example a video) as part of my application?
A: 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.
Q: Is it ok if some of the information I submit is confidential or proprietary to a third party?
A: 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.
Q: What happens with IP (intellectual property)?
A: As this is a no-strings-attached arrangement, any IP creation and/or protection remains the sole responsibility of the inventors.
Q: Is a patent required to apply?
A: 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.
Q: What kind of science / technology is appropriate to apply?
A: We encourage all to apply. Find out more about what areas we desire to explore here.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: 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.
Q: What are the specific criteria for each application?
A: 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
Q: Do I/Application Team need to be located in the city where my application is submitted?
A: Yes. Applicants should reside or work within a 50 mile radius of the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Philadelphia. For Los Angeles applications, applicants should reside or work within the county of Los Angeles.
Q: Who can I contact if I have questions about the program or the application process?
A: Please contact the Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge Team at JJInnovationChallengeTeam@its.jnj.com with any questions.
Q: Where do I apply? And do I have to complete the application in one sitting?
A: The application is accessible through the Health Equity Innovation Challenge site. Applications can be started and returned to during the length of the application window.
Q: Can I submit more than one application?
A: Yes. You can submit more than one application.