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 administrative team of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation reviews all student and Tier 1-4 proposals. The steering board of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation reviews all Tier 2-4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Student and Postdoctoral Funding; Tier 1 Funding:
Within approximately four weeks of the pitch event (approximately 12 weeks from proposal submission) both student and fellow innovators as well as all Tier 1 innovators will a) receive approval and award amount, b) receive a request for additional information, or c) receive correspondence that the project cannot be funded due to a lack of alignment with Eshelman Institute for Innovation goals and strategies.
Tiers 2, 3, and 4 Funding:
All proposals will undergo an internal administrative review within approximately eight weeks of the proposal submission. After the initial proposal review, innovators of those projects that will be considered for an award are required to participate in a live pitch (read about the live pitch here). Within approximately 4 weeks of the pitch, innovators will a) receive approval and award amount, b) receive a request for additional information, or c) receive correspondence that the project cannot be funded due to a lack of alignment with Eshelman Institute for Innovation’s goals and strategies.
The review process will not provide feedback to those not selected for funding. Innovators may receive immediate feedback from the steering committee during the question-and-answer portion of their live pitches.
The Eshelman Institute for Innovation will fund the salaries of students, postdocs, and research technicians (for faculty & staff proposals only), but will NOT fund faculty salaries (please note: the Institute will fund faculty salaries for Tier 4 proposals). The Institute will fund equipment only when it is truly novel, unique, opportunistic and necessary. The Institute will fund renovations when they are necessary to support a new program (only applicable to high impact programmatic funding proposals).
The Institute will not fund tuition. The Institute will not fund overhead, indirect or F&A costs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or from any external collaborating partners or institutions.