Calling All Innovators: Pitt Innovation Challenge Now Accepting Applications

By: Madison Brunner

The 2018 iteration of the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh) is accepting innovative project submissions for the annual competition.

Created and hosted by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, the challenge is designed to generate innovative solutions to challenging clinical and public health problems. This year, contestants must address problems associated with human performance.

“Our interest is being able to have an impact on human health,” said Dr. John Maier, PInCh director. “Focusing the challenge topic on human performance helps to include aspects of health that prevent as well as diagnose and treat disease. We are looking for applications that help people live happier, healthier lives before and after they develop health problems.”

Individuals from any educational institution or non-academic organization, such as community groups or businesses, are invited to enter. However, each team must include at least one university faculty member.

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.

Last year, Pitt awarded $565,000 to innovative wearable technology ideas that tackled health care problems.

Previous PInCh projects that have been successfully and commercially translated include Working for Kids: Building Skills™, MEDivate™, Esophagel™, EyeCures, CardioTrak, and Aeronics, Inc., among several others.

Applications are due April 23. For more information, visit