The Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program

 

Massachusetts is home to a variety of cutting-edge research and development facilities, or ‘sandboxes.’ These organizations provide a wide range of services supporting the lifecycle of validation and testing for digital health companies. On April 24, 2019, Governor Charlie Baker announced a new grant program administered by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the MassTech Collaborative and designed to both support digital health companies in their product development and expand the user base for sandbox environments.

Massachusetts organizations that help digital health companies validate new products and services can apply to become Approved Massachusetts Digital Health Sandboxes under the Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program. Approved sandboxes will be highlighted on the program page and are eligible to receive grant funding to support projects working with Massachusetts digital health companies.

Many small digital health companies would benefit from the services offered at these sandboxes, but the cost of entry is often prohibitive. Massachusetts companies can partner with Approved Sandboxes to apply for grant funding to test their products and services. The first sandbox identified under the program is PracticePoint at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The program is administered by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and advised by an Independent Steering Committee.

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Become an Approved Sandbox

Massachusetts organizations that provide an environment to test and validate digital health products or services can apply to become Approved Massachusetts Digital Health Sandboxes. Approved sandboxes are eligible to receive grant funding to support projects that validate the products and services offered by digital health companies with a presence in Massachusetts.

 

Apply to a Sandbox

The Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program initially launched with PracticePoint at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Massachusetts companies seeking financial assistance to access the services at PracticePoint are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

 

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Independent Steering Committee

Member Organization
Adam Landman - Chair Brigham and Women's Hospital
Rick Weisblatt Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Nick Dougherty MassChallenge
Peter Sherlock Mitre
Ed Park Devoted Health
Nell Luo FoliaHealth
David Sontag MIT