Faculty and Staff

Please note: The Institute will not accept more than two applications for funding per innovator per submission deadline. If two applications are submitted by the same innovator, they must be submitted in two different Tiers of funding.

Tier 1: Up to a total of $50,000

Ideas are raw, bold, and novel. These ideas are high risk with the potential to be highly impactful.

  • Anticipated project duration is approximately six to twelve months.
  • No evidence of prior work in the area is required.
  • Two-page proposal focused on the idea is required.
  • Additional two pages of references is acceptable.
  • Budget approved by the Office of Research Administration is required.
  • Staff proposals require the approval of the staff member’s supervisor.

Tier 2: Up to a total of $200,000

Ideas are still in early incubation phases and requires additional derisking. Evidence of work and prior art in this area is available. These ideas are moderate to high risk.

  • Anticipated project duration is no more than two years.
  • Evidence to support the idea is required.
  • Five-page proposal focused on the idea is required
  • Additional two pages of references is acceptable.
  • Budget approved by the Office of Research Administration is required.
  • If invited, the Innovator must pitch the idea to the Steering Board on Pitch Day.

Tier 3: Up to a total of $500,000

Ideas are mature and more developed with substantial evidence of accomplishments and prior art in the area to support potential impact. These ideas have been derisked.

  • Anticipated project duration is no more than two years.
  • Substantial evidence to support the idea is required.
  • Five-page proposal focused on the idea is required
  • Additional two pages of references is acceptable.
  • Budget approved by the Office of Research Administration is required.
  • If invited, the Innovator must pitch the idea to the Steering Board on Pitch Day.

Tier 4: Up to a total of $2,000,000

High impact programmatic ideas. Ideas can be in varying stages of development.

  • Pre-proposal submission is required. Deadline to submit is November 15, 2017.
  • Six-page proposal focused on the idea is required.
  • Letters of support from external collaborators are highly encouraged.
  • Additional two pages maximum of references accepted.
  • Additional two pages of references is acceptable.
  • Budget approved by the Office of Research Administration is required.
  • If invited, the Innovator must pitch the idea to the Steering Board on Pitch Day.

Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Up to a total of $25,000

Ideas should be new, bold, novel ideas. These ideas are high risk and have the potential to be highly impactful.

  • Student teams and collaborations across degrees and disciplines are encouraged.
  • No evidence of prior work in the area is required.
  • Student and Fellow Mentor Approval form is required.
  • Acceptance of UNC’s patent and invention policy required.
  • Two-page proposal focused on the idea is required.
  • Budget approved by the Office of Research Administration is required.
  • If invited, the Innovator must pitch the idea to the Eshelman Institute for Innovation administrative team and faculty review committee.

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation will only fund proposals submitted by professional students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the UNC Eshelman School Pharmacy. Professional students are required to select a member of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty to serve as a faculty mentor for their project. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows may select a faculty mentor that differs from the primary advisor. However, in this case, faculty mentors, as well as the student’s main adviser, are required to sign off on the proposal and time commitment to the project upon submission.