PInCh: Round One Details

What is your bold solution to a challenging health problem?

PInCh is a problem-focused funding program designed to accelerate bold ideas that impact health, and foster an ecosystem of innovation within Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania.

Participating teams must include at least one faculty member from the University of Pittsburgh. Think carefully about the problem you want to solve and develop ideas for a creative solution. Then, create a two-minute video that:

  • Defines the challenging health problem.
  • Presents the innovative solution.
  • Introduces the team of problem solvers.

Submission Requirements:

The video submission for Round One must meet the following requirements:

  • The video must be two minutes or less in length.
  • The video must address the contest challenge question.
  • The video must be posted on a publicly available site (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo).

When posting your video on a hosting site, please:

  • Disable comments.
  • Do not use copyrighted materials (e.g., background music).
  • Do not password-protect your video.
  • If you are using Vimeo, please make sure that the video is available to download.

Consider this video a public disclosure. If you are worried about how to talk about potential intellectual property, please contact us ( We will help you get in touch with the Innovation Institute and learn more about the Invention Disclosure process.

Need Help Making a Video?

Visit the PInCh Resources & Education Page for a video tutorial.

First-time PInCh applicants and those who have not received awards previously are highly encouraged to contact us:

Bonus Award for Addressing Health Disparities

This year, we are incentivizing solutions that can help prevent and/or reduce health disparities, with qualifying projects eligible for an additional award of up to $25,000.

This is not a requirement of PInCh applicants, and selection of PInCh awards is independent of whether a project is eligible for a bonus award. Eligible projects will receive larger awards, but will not otherwise have a competitive advantage.

A health disparity is “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion” (Healthy People 2030, US Department of Health and Human Services). 

  • Round One: Briefly describe how the project address health disparities in your video submission.
  • Round Two: Teams selected to advance to Round Two will be able to provide additional justification in their written document; Bonus Award eligibility will be determined in Round Two by a review panel convened to consider the potential impact of the work on health disparities.

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Log in to the Powered by PInCh contest management system.
    • Pitt users: Log in using your Pitt Passport account or HSConnect account.
    • Non-Pitt users: Create a Powered by PInCh account by selecting "Log in using your Powered by PInCh account" and selecting "Register as a new user" on the top right of the screen. If you have previously created a Powered by PInCh account, please use those details to log in.
  2. Complete your profile to tell us who you are.
    • Invite other team members to join by using the “Invite Team Member” link and entering their email addresses. They will receive an email with a link to the PInCh contest management site.
    • Note: At least one member of your team must be a Pitt faculty member.
  3. Register your idea by creating a new project profile.
    • Please provide:
      1. Short public project title (50 characters);
      2. One-sentence description of your solution;
      3. Brief project abstract (300 words).
  4. Submit a link to your video during the Round One submission period.
    • Please make sure that your video is not password-protected.

Judging Criteria

Problem Definition & Significance

  • Is the problem clearly defined?
  • Does the project address an important problem or critical barrier in the field?

Solution & Innovation

  • Does the project propose novel concepts, methods, instrumentation, or interventions?
  • If successful, will the solution shift the concepts, methods, research, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field?


  • Is the team well-equipped with a breadth of experience to successfully address the defined problem?
  • Does the team build new connections, both within the academic community and among community organizations?