2014-2015 Request for
Clinical and Operational
Effectiveness and Patient Safety Grants
Sponsors: University of Colorado School of Medicine
(SOM) and Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO)
Background: The existing partnership between
faculty, leadership and staff has been an essential element in the many
successes advancing the quality and safety of care provided at CHCO. In an
effort to accelerate and expand these successful partnerships, we are offering
this opportunity for Children’s Hospital faculty to apply for grants under an
expanded program with funding from the Dean’s office at the School of
Medicine. The goals for these projects should be aligned with improving
quality as defined by the Institute of Medicine - we seek to make care more
safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient/family centered and equitable. This
grant program, now in its 3rd cycle, will preferentially fund
initiatives that put evidence into practice, implement innovative process
improvements, and/or enhance skills and knowledge of healthcare providers, so
as to improve patient safety, or enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of
health care delivery.
We have established this small grants program in order to
seed promising ideas from our faculty and staff to provide leadership in
improving clinical/operational effectiveness and patient safety. We
encourage all applicants to employ multidisciplinary approaches and to make
explicit use of QI methodologies when possible. This grant program will not
support the development of new technologies or medications and the application
of them into medical practice (translational research).
Applicants should consider the following guidelines:
Applicants must be SOM faculty on staff at CHCO.
Grants provide one-year of funding up to $25,000. A 1-year, no cost
permissible if sufficient progress is
made in the first grant year.
Funding is primarily designed to support the operational costs of QI
professional research assistants, consultants,
survey/statistical help, etc.). Projects to
fund faculty effort may be considered
in special circumstances where other operational
improvement costs are separately funded or can
project must have a CHCO clinical program within the hospital or network of
its primary focus.
Grantees will need the approval of CHCO managers/practice directors in
where the project will be conducted.
LOIs will be rated on the following criteria: importance
(magnitude/scope, alignment with institutional goals), impact (expected
outcomes, processes, cost), feasibility (PI and project team, resources,
timeframe), and approach (QI methodology, multidisciplinary, innovative).
We invite you to submit a 2-page Letter of Intent due April 4, 2014 (include: project goals and specific objectives; background and significance; project design (setting, population, measures and how obtained and intervention); timeline; and anticipated cost. Within two weeks, the grant committee will contact applicants selected to submit a detailed 10-page proposal due June 2, 2014. The committee anticipates announcing the awards on July 3, 2014, with the funding to begin August 1, 2014.