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All applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal as the first step in the application process. Select applicants will be invited to submit full proposals that will be reviewed by the EII with the assistance of an external advisory panel. Select full proposals will be reviewed by the EII Steering Board and evaluated on Pitch Day.

The EII offers grants within two categories:

  • Discovery Grants: Innovative research designed to generate proof of concept for ideas with transformative potential in science, medicine, health care delivery, or health care education. Discovery grants are generally award for 1-2 years with funding from $50,000 to $500,000.
  • Translational Grants: Research designed to further validate transformative technology or services beyond their initial proof of concept, with the goal of improving their commercial readiness. Translational grants are generally awarded for 2+ years and funding asks should be concise to what is needed to complete the project. 

While the EII continues to support proposals across many areas of the ongoing research within the School, we encourage grant applications that focus on the creation and translation of solutions with applications to therapeutics, medical devices, digital health, diagnostics, and health services. For those interested in such opportunities, the EII has partners that can provide contract services to enable technology development in these areas.

Please note, pre-proposals for our 2021 grant cycle are now closed. However, if innovators have an off-cycle time-sensitive idea, we encourage you to review our opportunistic proposal opportunity.

Learn more about our process and guidelines by viewing our grant guidelines.

Graduate Students and Postdocs

Our graduate student and postdoc application for the 2021 grant cycle is now closed. Applicants are expected to hear back about their submission in December. If you have questions about submission, please contact us.

To learn more about our student award cycle and application requirements, please view our grant guidelines.

For more information about the EII’s proposal process and requirements, please contact eshelmaninstitute@unc.edu.