All UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty and staff whose primary appointment is within the School and professional students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows of the School are encouraged to submit proposals.

Yes, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to partner with innovators outside of the School. However a School faculty or staff member who is paid by the School or a professional student, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow of the School must serve as the lead innovator of the proposal.

An Eshelman Institute for Innovation administrative team and a panel of external advisors review proposals. The steering board of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation reviews proposals invited to pitch day and serves as the panel for all live pitches. A subject-matter-expert consulting board is available for consultation when content-specific review of a proposal is deemed necessary and fair.

For students and postdoctoral fellows, only those making the pitch, the review panel, and members of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation team will be in the room during your pitch.

For faculty and staff, only those making the pitch, the steering board, and members of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation team will be in the room during your pitch.

For students and postdoctoral fellows, the Institute will not accept more than one application per innovator per submission deadline.

For faculty and staff, the Institute will not accept more than two applications per innovator per submission deadline. If two applications are submitted by the same innovator, they must be submitted in two different tiers of funding.

There are any number of reasons why the Eshelman Institute for Innovation may decide not to fund a specific proposal. Proposals may be declined for the following reasons:

  • Do not fit the Eshelman Institute for Innovation’s vision and mission
  • Are more appropriately funded by another organization
  • Are not sustainable without reliance on continued Eshelman Institute for Innovation funding
  • Are similar to projects that have already been funded

No, we consider proposals the intellectual property of the innovator and do not share them outside of the institute.

Please ensure that the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s office of research administration has worked with you to create and review the budget. Please contact Raj Kshatriya at rajkash@email.unc.edu at least seven days prior to the proposal submission deadline. A member of the office of research administration must sign off on your budget before you submit your application to the Institute or your application will be considered ineligible. A PDF template of the requested budget is available here.

For innovators working with collaborators at institutions outside of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Institute requires signed documentation that contains the following statement from the authorized institutional grants office at the collaborating institution: “the attached budget is consistent with the institutional policies and budgeting guidelines of [insert institution name] and has been reviewed and approved by our authorized institutional official”. This documentation must be submitted with the proposal via the Institute’s online proposal submission application. This documentation can be combined with the UNC budget and uploaded as a single attachment or uploaded as two separate attachments at the time of submission.