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FAQ about the Creativity Hubs

Yes, if the collaboration with the external/non-UNC investigators is critical to the project, they can be included in the application. While the program does allow requests for subawards for those collaborators, they should be minimized, as the focus of this initiative is to facilitate growth of the UNC research enterprise.

While discouraged, equipment purchase requests are allowable if they are essential to the project, and must be strongly justified as such.

If you have not already received extramural funding for your idea, if your idea is significantly different from previously funded projects, or if the advancement of you project is generally excluded from traditional funding sources, but successful project advancement would facilitate significant investment from external groups, then you may apply to this program. Please contact for clarification on specific projects. Additionally, please note that the purpose of the Creativity Hubs Pilot Award Program is not to serve as bridge funding or to supplement existing funding.

Yes. The Creativity Hub Pilot Awards are designed to incentivize teams to generate innovative, groundbreaking ideas that solve important challenges. Any team that fits this criterion is encouraged to apply.

Teams must include individuals from at least two different Colleges/Schools/Institutes/Centers. Creativity Hub reviewers are looking for strong multi-disciplinary approaches to solving key challenges, which should be evident in the make-up of the proposal team.

No. All of the budget will be direct costs.

No. The award will be made in two increments: $250,000 in Year 1 and $250,000 in Year 2. Please note that Year 2 of funds will only be released upon completion of a report that describes accomplishments, demonstrates satisfactory progress against pre-defined metrics, and financial accounting of fund expenditures.

If you have questions about the Creativity Hubs Pilot Award, please contact or the Office of Research Development.

Please provide examples of extramural sponsors (federal agencies, industry, venture groups, and/or non-profit organizations) that you anticipate being interested in funding a larger scale proposal. If possible, please provide examples of possible funding mechanisms or Request for Proposals to which you like to apply.

updated 08/30/2018