Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Investigator-Initiated Research Grants

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NIHCM Foundation supports innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system. Projects must advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy. In the first eight years of the program, we have awarded nearly $2.6 million to support 46 studies.


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Application Information

The 2020-2021 round of grant making for this program is now underway. This year, NIHCM Foundation is making a total of $1 million available to support our research and journalism grant programs. This funding will be allocated across the two programs according to the merits of the proposals received. Winning research studies will be selected using the following process:

  • Interested researchers must submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) outlining their study idea by 5:00 PM EDT on July 20, 2020. Applications are welcome at any time prior to that deadline. LOIs must conform to the required structure and must be submitted using NIHCM’s online entry system (see below).
  • Full (10-page) proposals will be invited from a small number of applicants in August and will be due in September 2020.
  • NIHCM will notify grant winners by December 2020, for project start dates as early as January 2021.

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Research Grantee News

pharmacoeconomics logoNew Article on Opioid Prescribing
Ritu Agarwal, University of Maryland
This paper found that issuing initial opioid prescriptions for shorter durations would save money and reduce the amount of time that patients use opioid prescriptions.

Science Journal Logo thinNew Article on Racial Bias in Machine Learning
Ziad Obermeyer, Brigham and Women's Hospital
This study discovered racial bias in a predictive algorithm used to guide health decisions for millions of Americans, finding that the algorithm missed nearly 50,000 chronic diseases in black patients.

eQualityLouisvilleNew Toolkit for LGBTQ Patient Care
Susan Sawning, University of Louisville School of Medicine
This manual contains a toolkit that other medical schools can adopt to update their training curricula, and that can help current practitioners improve their knowledge and skills regarding LGBTQ care.

IJQHCNew Article on Inappropriate Diagnostic Imaging
Gary Young, Northeastern University
This paper describes significant levels of inappropriate use of MRIs and X-rays, relative to clinical guidelines, for uncomplicated low back pain and non-traumatic knee and shoulder pain.

HALogoNew Article on Hospital Prices
Zach Cooper, Yale University
This paper shows that the majority of the 2007-2014 growth in total private insurer payments for common hospital services was driven by a rapid increase in the negotiated payments for hospitals rather than escalating prices paid to physicians.