To support and cultivate bold, impactful, and disruptive ideas that will accelerate change in education, research, and health care, the Eshelman Institute for Innovation accepts proposals from all faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral fellows of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

The Institute seeks to fund big ideas and innovations that have measurable impact and lead to transformative change in:

  • Basic and applied research in the pharmaceutical sciences
  • Health-care quality, practice, and policy
  • Health-sciences education and educational research
  • Business processes and practices

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation offers several funding tiers for faculty, staff, and students and postdoctoral fellows depending on the maturity of the innovation. Before submitting a proposal, please review the funding tiers, our proposal criteria, and the proposal submission process for more information.

Please note that priority for funding may be given to proposals that include meaningful collaborations among a variety of disciplines, departments, schools or institutions. For example, enthusiasm for a proposal targeting a new approach to the management of a disease will likely be heightened if a scientist directly involved with the study of that disease or a clinician involved with caring for patients having that disease is a contributor to the project.