• Partially Funded

Call for John Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition 2024 is open now!!! 

Open to any student led team that has designed a health-related solution. All countries. All academic fields.

A competition to celebrate good design in healthcare!

Winners show a solid understanding of the need, the people impacted, focused problem-solving, and a great real-world solution!


  • Solutions for Advanced Health Systems
  • Global Health/ Humanitarian Design
  • Healthcare Apps/ Digital Health
  • Post-Surgical Infection Management

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID), within the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering, offers a one-year MSE degree program called the David E. Swirnow Master’s Program in Bioengineering Innovation and Design. Their program is about educating the next generation of global leaders. They bridge the gap between human knowledge and human need. Students choose CBID for the opportunity to work with the world’s best clinicians one-on-one and engage in disruptive innovation to improve patient care around the globe.

Their mission is to create and develop solutions for major challenges to human health. Their success is measured by the impact our students and their solutions have on the quality and accessibility of health care worldwide. Their bedside-to-bench-to-bedside model gives students the opportunity to identify needs, work in teams to develop solutions, and commercialize those solutions for broad availability.

CBID is a joint effort of the Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Their focus is translational engineering focusing on health care technology. No other program combines clinical immersion, travel to developing countries for global health immersion, state-of-the-art facilities, and world-renowned lecturers to inspire students to deliver real innovation.




AWARDS for each track

  • 1st Prize: $5,000
  • 2nd Prize: $3,000
  • 3rd Prize: $1,000


  1. Project must be focused on a healthcare application in either of the 4 tracks
    • Designs of Solutions for Advanced Health Systems
    • Global Health/ Humanitarian Design
    • Healthcare Apps/ Digital Health
    • Post-Surgical Infection Management
  2. Project must have been started after January 1st, 2022
  3. Project must be driven by full-time students
    • Postdoc research projects are ineligible.
    • Projects that have utilized significant funding (>$100K) are ineligible.
    • Projects that are not run by full-time students are ineligible. For example, projects run by startup companies or faculty are ineligible.
    • Eligible full-time students include those working towards undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees (MBA, MD, etc.).
    • Project teams should comprise of more than one full-time student.
  4. Applicants can submit multiple unique projects
  5. If the team has any questions regarding their eligibility, please contact Aditya Polsani at [email protected] or Kunal Parikh at [email protected].
Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

  • Simplified Rubric for Design Brief:The Design Brief is a two-page executive summary of the team’s design project. The brief should be written for an audience of medtech engineers and designers who may not be as familiar as the team are with their clinical and solution space.
  • ContentDesign Briefs will be evaluated by following four criteria. The recommended design brief is laid out in sections devoted to each criteria.
    1. Problem description (25%)
      • Define the problem the team is addressing, the clinical/healthcare background, and why there is a need for a better solution.
    2. Solution concept(s) (25%)
      • Present the team’s proposed solution with their design rationale and explain how it meets the needs of the stakeholders involved in their clinical/healthcare problem.
    3. Reduction to practice (25%)
      • Describe the proof-of-concept experimental results the team have completed and/or renderings and photos of their prototype(s).
    4. Pathway to implementation (25%)
      • Describe the pathway that lies ahead for the team’s project towards creating an impactful solution.
  • FormatThe Design Brief must be no more than 2 pages in length including figures. References can be listed as a separate page.
    • Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger. (A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies.)
    • Type density, including characters and spaces, must be no more than 15 characters per inch. Type may be no more than six lines per inch. Use standard paper size (8 ½” x 11). Use at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. No information should appear in the margins.
    • Figures, plots, and/or photos are highly recommended but are counted towards the page limit.
    • References can be included in a separate page and are not part of the two-page requirement

Application Deadline: February 13, 2024

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