PInCh: Round Two Details


Chosen for Round Two?

You will be notified by e-mail if your project is selected for Round Two. You will need to submit a project package that elaborates on your proposal, consisting of the written materials below combined into a single PDF. This project package will be reviewed by a panel of judges representing academic, business, and community perspectives. Separately, you are required to have an invention disclosure on file with the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Submission Requirements

The project package submission for Round Two should include:

  • Project Description (three pages)
  • References (one page, optional)
  • Budget (PHS 398 form)
  • Budget Justification (one page)
  • Bonus Award Justification (one page, optional)

Project Description

  • The three-page project description should address the following topics:
    • Project title
    • Summary
    • Problem statement
    • Solution description
    • Customer description
    • Team introduction
    • Path to Impact plan
    • Intellectual Property status
    • Role of the PInCh award
    • Work Plan Timeline (12 months)
  • Formatting requirements:
    • One-inch margins
    • Minimum 11-point font for all text
    • May include color, figures, tables, images

References (optional)

  • One page of references may be included to support Project Description information.
  • Formatting requirements:
    • One-inch margins
    • Minimum 11-point font

Budget

  • Single-page budget on PHS 398 form
  • Budget Considerations:
    • Award will support direct costs only.
    • Funds may be used for salary support for the PI or any co-investigator, collaborator, students, and staff. PI effort is required at a minimum of 0.5%, cost-shared by their department or another entity.
    • Any salary support requested should reflect non-Federal fringe benefit rates.
    • Justification must be provided for any equipment item costing more than $5,000.
    • Personal computer purchase will be approved only if deemed essential to the proposal.
    • Funds may not be budget for: indirect costs, manuscript preparation or publication fees, meals or travel (except as required to collect data).

Budget Justification

  • Single-page justification providing sufficient detail for reviewers to assess if appropriate resources have been requested.
  • Formatting requirements:
    • One-inch margins
    • Minimum 11-point font

Bonus Award Justification (optional)

  • Single paragraph (800 characters) form template that elaborates on how your solution addresses a health disparity.
  • Note: Bonus award qualification is separate from selection for PInCh awards. Bonus-eligible projects will receive larger awards, but will not otherwise have a competitive advantage.

How To Submit a Round Two Entry:

  1. Save your project package components as a single PDF file.
  2. Log into the Powered by PInCh contest management system. Click on the Round Two tab in and upload your single PDF file before the July 5 deadline.

Invention Disclosure

All teams must submit an invention disclosure to the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), if not already on file for this project, in order to be considered as a PInCh finalist. Although not part of the judging process and separate from your Round Two submission, submitting an invention disclosure is the first step to evaluating whether your idea is appropriate for a patent, copyright, or other intellectual property. A step-by-step submission tutorial can be viewed here.

Judging Criteria

This project package will be reviewed by a panel of judges representing academic, business, and community perspectives. Entries will be reviewed primarily on the following criteria:

  • Problem Statement & Significance: Is the problem well-defined and clearly addresses a critical barrier in the field?
  • Solution Description: Are the proposed concepts, methods, and/or interventions clearly defined?
  • Novelty & Innovation: Does the project propose novel concepts, methods, instrumentation, or interventions?
  • Impact: Does the team present a clear vision for benefiting health, society, and/or biomedical knowledge?
  • Team: Does the team reflect a diversity of expertise required to accomplish their proposed solution?
  • Feasibility: Are the proposed aims and methodology well-reasoned and appropriate for a $100,000, 12-month award?