Faculty and staff: Please be advised that we are in the process of updating information on our funding tiers, proposal submission requirements, and the proposal submission process. We will still be accepting proposals March 1, 2018, however, in an effort to continuously improve upon our process, changes will be forthcoming within the next month.


The Eshelman Institute for Innovation supports bold, impactful, and disruptive ideas that will accelerate change in education and health care. The Eshelman Institute accepts proposals from all faculty and staff of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and from professional students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows of the School. The Institute seeks and encourages high impact collaborations between faculty and innovators outside of the School. To submit a proposal, please review the proposal criteria to ensure that your idea aligns with the vision and mission of the institute.

Our Focus

We aim 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 following sections outline funding categories based on applicant and funding amounts.