1. Who can apply for a Frontline Innovation grant from The Beckwith Institute?

All UPMC employees are eligible to apply for a grant. University of Pittsburgh employees alone cannot apply for grant money, but are encouraged to partner with UPMC employees.

2. When can I apply for a Frontline Innovation grant?

Applications for the Frontline Innovation Program will be accepted beginning Tuesday, July 10 through Monday, August 20, 2018.

See the Grant Process to learn the steps for the application process.

3. How are the Winning Projects Selected?

The projects that receive Frontline Innovation grants will be selected by a Review Committee made up of board members. After the applications are received, the committee will review and rate them according to the five criteria listed under Award Application Requirements. Applicants may be asked to present at a Selection Committee meeting. Board approval of the proposed grants will be the final step.

4. Can project funds be used to purchase equipment?

Yes, but project funds should be used to support the project rather than supplement a department budget. For example, funds will not be approved to buy a new computer for a UPMC employee, but the purchase of technology to support a study is appropriate.

5. Can project funds pay the salary of an employee?

This use may be approved if an employee is needed to supplement the staff during a project’s implementation phase. No long-term salaries will be supported. Funds allocated to a staff salary are up to the discretion of the Review Committee and board.

6. The Frontline Innovation Program requires matching funds.

No, matching funds are not required for application to The Beckwith Institute. Matching funds are funds from your department that match the amount of money requested from The Beckwith Institute. Matching funds can come in the form of actual dollars or “in-kind support,” which refers to contributions other than cash, including goods, services, or an employee’s time calculated at his or her hourly wage. Matching funds and “in-kind support” strengthen your department’s commitment to your project.

7. How long do I have to spend my project’s funds?

You are encouraged to design a project that will expend the funds within a year.