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Innovators for Research Addressing Immune-Mediated Diseases

Immunology Innovations QuickFire Challenge: Precision Medicine in Immune-Mediated Disease

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Janssen Research & Development

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Grants and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International innovators for research addressing immune-mediated diseases. Funding is intended for studies in areas including fetal-maternal diseases, gastroenterology, autoantibody-mediated diseases, dermatology, rheumatology, and other immune-mediated diseases where a stratified approach has the potential to be transformational for patients.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, together with Janssen Research & Development LLC, is launching the Immunology Innovations QuickFire Challenge. Innovators with transformative potential solutions to help or aim to advance precision medicine approaches in immune-mediated disease are invited to apply. 

Areas of Interest:

This may include:

  • Novel approaches toward patient stratification and precision medicine that can be harnessed in immune-mediated diseases including:
    • Multidimensional biomarker discovery platforms, including those with AI/ML based analytics
    • Deep patient clinical and molecular phenotyping data sets
    • Novel biomarkers for patient segmentation including digital and imaging biomarkers
  • Novel therapies with clear precision medicine strategy to address a defined patient segment
  • Enabling technologies for clinical trials:
    • Potential solutions aiming to identify and recruit specific patient sub-populations
    • Potential solutions aiming to resolve technical issues associated with large scale PBMC collection and preparation for multiomics analysis
    • High dimensional blood immune profiling platforms (e.g., cellular, autoantibodies, complement, proteomics, exosomes, mass spec)
    • Tissue-based single cell RNA sequencing

In addition to funding, innovators will receive:

  • One year of residency at an available JLABS with the use of a bench, workstation and access to the global JLABS ecosystem for one year – including access to resources, educational programming, networking, and amplification opportunities, as well as the potential to be considered for future opportunities like research collaborations, NewCos, etc
  • Mentorship from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200117

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to a total of $500,000 in grant funding, access to the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (‘JLABS’) network and mentorship from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

Term of Contract:

The award period is one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Innovators with transformative potential solutions to help or aim to advance precision medicine approaches in immune-mediated diseases are invited to apply.

For the avoidance of doubt, below is a non-exhaustive list of impermissible uses of the grant funding:
- Brick and mortar costs
- Lobbying, including but not limited to, grass roots lobbying
- Provisions of healthcare services (e.g. direct patient engagement via a telehealth service)
- Pass throughs to healthcare providers and/or government officials/employees (e.g. used for the salary of an HCP)
- Payment towards past development activities (e.g. payment of business loan)

There are no specific rates or percentages that are allowable or not allowable with regards to overhead, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

- September 29, 2021: Applications open
- January 14, 2022: Submission deadline
- 2022: Award Announcement


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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JLABS San Diego
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San Diego, CA 92121
Telephone: (858) 450-1504

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