All proposals submitted to the Eshelman Institute for Innovation are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Problem or Need: Is this problem or need truly significant?
  • Innovative Solution: Is this solution or technology truly unique and disruptive?
  • Impact: Does the project have the potential to substantially transform health, healthcare, or education?
  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Are both expected and unexpected partners (e.g., inter-industry, inter-institutional) drawn together to solve this complex problem?
  • Approach: Is the approach feasible in terms of the proposed budget, timeline, and personnel?
  • Sustainability: Is there a path to sustainability for this program that may ultimately lead to the desired outcome?
  • Translation: Will the project translate an innovative idea into a transformative product or idea through optimization and proof of concept?
Please note that priority for funding may be given to proposals that include meaningful collaborations among a variety of disciplines, departments, schools or institutions. For example, enthusiasm for a proposal targeting a new approach to the management of a disease will likely be heightened if a scientist directly involved with the study of that disease or a clinician involved with caring for patients having that disease is a contributor to the project.

 

Faculty and Staff Proposals

Tier 1 Proposals

All proposals undergo an initial review by the Institute’s administrative team. During this review, each proposal is scored based on the following criteria: problem or need, innovative solution, impact, multi-disciplinary collaboration, approach, and sustainability. All proposals are subject to due diligence and select proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Eshelman Institute for Innovation Scientific Advisory Group. Once our due diligence and the Scientific Advisory Group evaluations are complete, the Institute’s administrative team will reconvene and submit recommendations on which proposals to fund. Tier 1 proposals require neither a live pitch nor further review by the Steering Board. The Director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation will make the final decision on whether or not a proposal receives Institute funding.

Timeline: Within approximately 12 weeks of the proposal submission, innovators will:

  1. Receive a Notice of Award letter,
  2. Receive a request for additional information, or
  3. Receive correspondence that the project cannot be funded due to a lack of alignment with Eshelman Institute for Innovation goals and strategies.

Tier 2 and 3 Proposals

All proposals undergo an initial review by the Institute’s administrative team. During this review, each proposal is scored based on the following criteria: problem or need, innovative solution, impact, multi-disciplinary collaboration, approach, and sustainability. All proposals are subject to due diligence and select proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Eshelman Institute for Innovation Scientific Advisory Group. Once our due diligence and the Scientific Advisory Group evaluations are complete, the Institute’s administrative team will reconvene and select proposals to put forth to the Steering Board for final review. Innovators with proposals that are selected for Steering Board review will be invited to participate in Pitch Day.

Prior to Pitch Day, Steering Board members will be assigned as primary or secondary reviewers for select proposals and asked to review those proposals in advance of the pitch and identify questions that should be addressed and discussed during the event. Although Steering Board members are assigned to review select proposals, all members of the Steering Board are welcome to ask questions, provide feedback and submit recommendations on which ideas to fund. The Director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation will make the final decision on whether or not a proposal receives Institute funding.

Timeline: All proposals will undergo the initial internal review within approximately four weeks of the proposal submission. After the initial proposal review, innovators of the proposals considered for an award are required to pitch their ideas in person to the Steering Board. Within approximately four weeks of the pitch, innovators will:

  1. Receive a Notice of Award letter,
  2. Receive a request for additional information, or
  3. Receive correspondence that the project cannot be funded due to a lack of alignment with Eshelman Institute for Innovation goals and strategies.

Tier 4 Proposals

In addition to the review process outlined for Tier 2 and 3 proposals, Innovators submitting a Tier 4 proposal are required to submit a pre-proposal in advance of the proposals submission deadline on March 1st.

The Tier 4 Pre-Proposal Submission Form can be submitted on our website at https://unceii.org/ideas/resources/tier-4-pre-proposal-submission-form/. The deadline to submit a Tier 4 preproposal is November 15th. Once submitted, the EII leadership and appropriate consultants will review the pre-proposals and determine whether the idea merits further consideration.

If the idea merits further consideration, the Innovator will be invited to one or more meetings with the Institute’s administrative team, School leadership, and any other relevant stakeholders or collaborators to discuss the proposal. If determined that the idea has been developed enough to merit further consideration for funding, the Innovator will be encouraged to submit a final proposal on March 1st or by the appropriate deadline. Tier 4 proposals will be reviewed using the same process as Tier 2 and 3 proposals. A final funding decision will be made the Director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.

Students and Postdoctoral Fellow Proposals

All submitted proposals undergo an initial internal review by the Institute’s administrative team and select faculty reviewers. During this review, each proposal is scored based on the following criteria: problem or need, innovative solution, impact, multi-disciplinary collaboration, approach, and sustainability.

All students and postdoctoral fellows that submit a proposal will be invited to participate in Student Pitch Day where they will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of reviewers. Funding will be awarded based upon evaluations of both the submitted proposal and live pitch. The Director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation will make the final decision on whether or not a proposal receives Institute funding.

Timeline: Student Pitch Day will be held within approximately eight weeks of the proposal submission.  Within four weeks of Student Pitch Day (approximately 12 weeks from proposal submission) student and postdoctoral fellow innovators will:

  1. Receive a Notice of Award letter,
  2. Receive a request for additional information, or
  3. Receive correspondence that the project cannot be funded due to a lack of alignment with Eshelman Institute for Innovation goals and strategies.