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We have made some recent updates to the funding tiers and the proposal submission process for tier 4 proposals. In addition, we would like to share some important dates regarding the 2018 Pitch Day and 2018 Institute Symposium.

  • Tier 3 Proposals: Tier 3 proposals will now be awarded up to $500,000 with an anticipated project duration no longer than 2 years. The amount was higher in past years and duration up to 3 years; however, based on experiences over the past few years, we have reduced the tier funding and the duration of these projects. The website reflects this change:
  • Tier 4 Proposals: All Tier 4 proposals (up to $2 million), which are considered programmatic proposals, now require a brief pre-proposal be submitted to the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. This allows the Institute and the innovators to do some necessary due diligence and discuss any programmatic proposals before submission of a full proposal . We have created a very brief preproposal form (see link below) and we now ask that, if you are considering a large programmatic proposal, you complete the brief preproposal by December 1, 2017. The preproposal will be reviewed and then discussed with the innovators before a full proposal is written.  If pre-proposals are felt to warrant further consideration, the full proposal submission deadline is the same for the other Tiers, which is March 1, 2018.  The Tier 4 Pre-Proposal Submission Form can be accessed and submitted on our website at The EII team will be in touch once the pre-proposal is received.
  • Proposal Deadline: The next deadline for faculty and staff to submit a proposal to the Eshelman Institute for Innovation is March 1, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Pitch Day: Pitch Day for select Tier 2, 3, and 4 proposals will be held on April 18-19th, 2018. Depending on the number of proposals, it is possible we will need to use time on each of these days. Please mark your calendar.
  • Institute Symposium:  The 2018 symposium is confirmed for Thursday, April 19th, 2018.  Our keynote speaker will be Joe DeSimone, Ph.D.  Please mark your calendars.  A Save-the-Date will be forthcoming.  The Symposium will be a late afternoon-evening event (4 pm to 9 pm).  More details forthcoming soon.

If you have any questions, contact Mary Roth McClurg, Pharm.D., M.H.S., associate professor and associate director for academic innovation at 919-843-8083 or

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