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 seven years of the program, we have awarded nearly $2.1 million to support 37 studies.


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Application Information

We are no longer accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grant making. Full (10-page) proposals will be invited from a small number of applicants in August and will be due in September 2019. NIHCM will notify grant winners in November 2019, for project start dates as early as January 2020. 

Research Grantee News

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. 

JAMA logo socialNew Article on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Steven Patrick, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
This work suggests the importance of addressing social determinants of health as an additional lever in the efforts to reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome.