Pitt Innovation Challenge  


The Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh) competition is designed to generate innovative solutions to challenging health problems. The University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and Innovation Institute collaborated to create the PInCh competition in order to stimulate innovation in a fresh exciting way.

Diverse Teams
Teams that enter must include at least one University of Pittsburgh faculty member but can otherwise be made up of individuals from other educational institutions or non-academic organizations (such as community groups or businesses). The PInCh competition hopes to bring together a diverse group of problem solvers who may not otherwise have considered working on a team.

Creative Solutions
The PInCh program recognizes—even celebrates—that solving challenging problems sometimes requires risky solutions. The program aims to mitigate that risk and support some of the early work necessary to move a few of those “wild ideas” forward. Each of the winning teams will receive an award for direct costs and project management support to help execute a 12-month project to take the team’s solution one step further along the path of development.

Project Facilitation Phase
This phase provides semifinalists a more personalized approach to provide a clear path to move their project forward. This phase consists of several advisory meetings to discuss regulatory paths, contracting, IP, budget, data security, etc. and will facilitate the award initiation process.

Questions? Email us at pinch@pitt.edu or contact a member of our innovation core team.

PInCh Core Team:
John Maier, PhD MD Director, Innovation Core
Mike Flock, PhD Innovation Core Manager
Phil Cicco, MSPPM Data Manager
Pat Karausky, RN BSN CCRC Research Facilitator
Dana Farrell Research Facilitator
Ryan Dunning Communications Specialist

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