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Round 2

Chosen for round 2?

You will be notified by email if your project is selected for the round 2. For the round 2, you will need to submit a project package that elaborates on your proposal. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Project Facilitation Phase which will provide guidance on the project initiation process (eg. IRB, contracting, IP, budget, etc.).

Submission Requirements

The project package submission for the round 2 should include:

  1. Project description (3 pages)
  2. References (optional) (1 page)
  3. Budget and budget justification (2 pages)
  1. Project description
    • Page format must follow:
      • 1 inch margins
      • minimum 11 point font for text
      • document saved in .PDF format
      • may include color, figures, tables, image
    • The 3 page project description should address the following topics:
      1. Project title
      2. Summary
      3. Problem statement
      4. Solution description:
        1. Describe the approach/methodology for developing your solution
        2. Highlight the novel aspect of your solution compared to other existing solutions (provides some info regarding competitive landscape).
        3. Include the current stage of development of the solution.
      5. Team introduction (include name, affiliation, discipline/department for each team member)
      6. IP status: What IP currently exists and what new IP will be developed? Which team members will be contributing to the IP?
      7. Scale up feasibility statement (how you envision your solution getting to a stage that it can be sustained)
      8. Description of a customer or user of the solution and how they would use the solution: Include some description of the number of potential users (insight into market opportunity)
      9. Role of the PInCh award (maximum $100k) in the process of developing your solution Include other funding sources you have access to that will aid in the development of the solution.
      10. A work plan describing the work you plan to do in the 12 month work period with the PInCh award (maximum $100k), including:
        1. Deliverables for each quarter
        2. Any impact this 12 month work on the project will have in the community during execution (this may be some trial users or population, pilot implementation, focus groups etc.)

  2. References (optional)
    • An optional page of references may be included to support information provided in the Project description

  3. Budget and Budget Justification
    • Single page budget on PHS 398 form
    • Single page budget justification
      • 1 inch margins
      • minimum 11 point font for text
    • Budget considerations:
      It is important that budget expenditures be planned according to the timeline of the award period (12 months). Please note that NIH funds may not be requested for publication or travel expenses. Personal computer purchase will be approved only when it can be demonstrated that the computer is essential for the proposed work. Justification must be provided for any equipment item costing more than $5000. The monies awarded will support direct costs only; no indirect support will be provided. The monies awarded may be used for salary support for the principal investigator or any co-investigator/collaborator. Salary support of students and staff can also be included. Any salary support requested in a submitted budget should reflect non-federal fringe benefit rates.

To submit a round 2 entry:

  1. From the PInCh website, click the “Enter the Pitt Innovation Challenge” button on the left side of the page.
  2. Login to the PInCh contest management site.
  3. If you haven’t invited a Pitt faculty member to your team, use the “Invite Team Member” link to invite him/her. The faculty member will need to complete their profile (including name, rank, and department) by the end of the round 2 submission period in order for your team’s entry to be valid.
  4. Upload your project package during the round 2 submission period (see Important Dates for the submission period start and end dates).
  5. Note that the project package should be submitted as a single PDF file containing all 3 items.

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