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All UNC Eshleman School of Pharmacy faculty and staff whose primary appointment is within the School are encouraged to submit a pre-proposal. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the School are encouraged to submit proposals as part of the separate “Students and Postdocs” process.

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 or co-lead innovator of the project.

Yes. We highly encourage prospective applicants to discuss their pre-proposals and/or proposals with Eshelman Institute for Innovation staff. Please reach out to us at eshelmaninstitute@unc.edu.

An Eshelman Institute for Innovation administrative team and a panel of external advisors review pre-proposals and 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 pre-proposal or proposal is deemed necessary.

For students and postdoctoral fellows, only those making the pitch, the review panel, School leadership, 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, School leadership, 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.

Yes, however, the EII will take into account the innovator’s previous participation in abiding by the institute’s project management and reporting processes.

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

  • Do not fit the Eshelman Institute for Innovation’s purpose and grant guidelines
  • 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

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation anticipates providing anonymized feedback to all applicants after the award process concludes.

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 ten 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.