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Do you have the next big idea? Join UMMC/UMB's Innovation Challenge, awarding ideas with up to $125K. We are looking for innovative solutions to problems at UMMC Downtown and Midtown Campuses. This year, six awards will be given, three for up to $125K and three for up to $25K.

Who is eligible?

The UMMC/UMB Innovation Challenge is open to all! The only requirement is that each proposal must include at least one team member who is employed by the UMMC Downtown or Midtown Campus. Employee IDs will be required to confirm employment.

Applications are open July 1, 2022. Please see our instructions below on how to apply.


Innovation at UMMC includes new or improved technologies, practices, models, or advancements that sustainably improve health outcomes, quality, safety, and experiences for patients, teams, families and communities on the UMMC Downtown and Midtown campuses.

We are accepting applications for the following awards:

  • 3 Awards of up to $25,000
  • 2 Awards of up to $125,000
  • 1 Award of up to $125,00 that answers to the following Request for Proposal (RFP).

Application Instructions

Apply to the Innovation Challenge in two steps:

Submit an Intent to Apply by Friday August 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

1. The Intent to Apply submission includes the following sections:

  • Award category you are applying to
  • Name/names of team members (if applicable)
  • UMMC Employee ID number of one team member
  • Resume, CV, bio sketch or a brief statement of experience from all team members
  • Demographic information
  • Title of innovation
  • Short description of innovation 

Submit your Intent to Apply

After you submit the Intent to Apply, you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your submission.

If you qualify to apply, you will receive an email within 3 days after your submission inviting you to submit a Full Application

  • To complete a full application, log back into the Apply website with your same username and password.

2. Submit a Full Application by Friday, September 2 at 11:59 pm

The Full Application submission includes the following sections: 

  • Description of your innovation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Impact of your solution
  • Milestones you hope to achieve
  • Deliverables
  • Budget
  • Sustainability
  • Supplemental documentation (optional)

Submit your Full Application

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received.

Applications will be reviewed by the Innovation Challenge Selection Committee starting on Tuesday, September 6. If the Selection Committee has any follow up questions about your application, you will be notified via email.

Pitch Day Event

Applicants for awards of up to $125K will include a finalist round. If you are chosen as a top finalist, you will be asked to come and present your idea to a panel of judges at the Pitch Day Event on Friday, December 9, 2022, between 12:00-5:00 pm. Applicants chosen to present at Pitch Day will be notified by email on Friday, November 18, 2022 by end of day.

Join an Informational Q&A

Need help with your application? Join one of our informational Webinars!

Tuesdays, 11 am - 12 pm

  • July 5, 12, 19, 26
  • August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Thursdays, 3 - 4 pm

  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August 4, 11, 18, 25
  • September 1

Contact Information:

Questions? Please email