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Pilot Study Grants

Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) Seeks Applications for Pilot Study Research Funds

Deadline April 15, 2013

The Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) will fund multiple one-year pilot study projects, up to $15K per project. Funded projects will aim to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes or promote patient safety in the in-patient or ambulatory care setting. The awards will provide new investigators with funds to obtain preliminary data regarding feasibility and methodology, effect sizes and findings relating to new research ideas relevant to healthcare quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness. Eligible pilot projects should be designed to collect sufficient preliminary data to enable the investigator to prepare a hypothesis-based proposal for future research funding.

Research projects may fall into any of the following quality improvement and patient safety areas 1) patient-centered outcomes 2) comparative effectiveness 3) quality improvement and patient safety 4) cost effectiveness 5) dissemination and implementation science.

Award: Each pilot study will be funded up to $15K for personnel and/or other study costs.

Eligibility: Principal Investigators must be Penn faculty members or pre/postdoctoral fellows with a primary faculty mentor. Researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Review Process: Applications will be evaluated by a scientific review group for their relevance to CHIPS objectives, scientific merit, and potential for future extramural funding. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2013 and selected applicants will be notified on June 1. Duration of the funded projects will be 12 months and must commence within 3 months of award notice.

Applications will include:

  1. Application form with abstract (click here > for application forms and instructions)
  2. Research proposal including: specific aims, background, rationale, methods and references (not to exceed a total of 5 pages combined, single space, 11 point font, 1/2 inch margins.)
  3. Investigator(s) biosketch(s)
  4. Budget and brief budget justification

Send completed application and questions to: Linda Crossette

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