The first two awards under the University of Chicago Medicine’s new $100,000 UCM Innovations Grant Program were presented at May’s 9th Annual Quality and Safety Symposium.
The grants were created this year to support projects that use research-quality methods to design, implement, and evaluate innovative solutions to operational problems, or identify areas throughout the spectrum of treatment that need improvement.
National funding agencies generally overlook the growing field of health care delivery science, a discipline with the goal of using research to discover innovative ways to better deliver care to patients.
In recognition of the lack of adequate funding, the program was jump-started by a gift from an anonymous donor and then matched by the office of the president of the University of Chicago Medical Center.
A team of 17 University of Chicago Medicine operational and research leaders reviewed the grant applications, rigorously assessing methodological strength, operational innovation, and feasibility.
“This process really validated the need and desire for this kind of grant program,” said Michael Howell, MD MPH, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Quality. “We received 27 full grant applications and could only fund two — making this a little more than twice as selective as a National Institutes of Health R01.”