The Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh®) 2019 is seeking your bold solution to an important health problem. We encourage proposals from any discipline and on any topic that impacts health. Ideas can span the spectrum of health and healthcare, including disease prevention, diagnostics, treatments, interventions, predictive solutions, patient care, and provider and patient tools, and community programs. We encourage projects that create new teams and build new connections within the academic community and among universities and community organizations to foster an ecosystem of innovation. Your solution does not need to be a product that is ready for commercialization.
The Pitt Innovation Challenge is a multi-round competition. To enter Round One, submit a two-minute video describing the problem you plan to solve, your idea for a bold solution, and your team. Teams that enter must include at least one University of Pittsburgh faculty member, but can include individuals from other educational institutions or non-academic organizations such as community groups or businesses.
All proposals will be reviewed. Teams chosen for Round Two* will be invited to submit a written document to expand on the idea. A second round of review will select teams for Round Three*, which will require a response to reviewers, revisions to the written document, and an elevator pitch to a panel of judges and a live audience at the PInCh Final Event on September 25.
*Participants for Rounds Two and Three are chosen from prior rounds; it is not possible to enter PInCh at Round Two or Three.
Need help with your submission? Stop by Pitt sciVelo (3602 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) during open office hours to meet with a PInCh staff member and discuss your idea.
Up to $555,000 in awards are available for funding.
Funding up to $100,000 is awarded to the winning projects. However, if your project qualifies for the bonus award, then your project may be awarded up to an additional $25,000 ($125,000 total). Other projects will be awarded $25,000 in funding and may be eligible for an additional $5,000 bonus award ($30,000 total). In addition to receiving funding for direct costs, each winning team will receive project management support to help execute a 12-month project that moves the team’s solution one step further along the path of development.
Does your idea impact health disparities in a rural setting? If so, your project may be eligible for an additional award up to $25,000.
Rural Americans are a population that experiences significant health disparities. Risk factors may include geographic isolation, demographics, socioeconomics, and higher rates of health risk behaviors. Studies have also shown that rural residents are older and have more limited access to healthcare providers. PInCh is offering a bonus prize to funded teams whose solutions specifically aim to reduce one or more rural health disparities.
Examples of topics include:
Visit the Rural Health Information Hub to learn more about rural health disparities.
If you would like to be considered for the bonus award:
The Pitt Innovation Challenge consists of three distinct submission periods. Please refer to the chart below for the start and end dates corresponding with each round.
PInCh entries will be judged on the following criteria:
Applications are due April 24 at 5 p.m.
The Pitt Innovation Challenge award winners will be chosen at the final event, where teams will pitch their solutions in front of a panel of judges. Check out #PittPInChEvent on Twitter.
The final event will take place on Sept 25, 2019. All advancing teams are required to attend.