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UCH Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety - Small Grants Program


Anunta Virapongse, MD, MPH, Program Director
The School of Medicine (SOM) and University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. The Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Department believes strongly that our faculty and staff have the skills and creativity to provide leadership in clinical effectiveness and patient safety and have established this small grants program to seed promising ideas. 
 
We strive for excellence in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Six Core Competencies for Quality Patient Care, which are: patient centeredness, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and medical knowledge. In essence, our goal is to do the right thing for the right patient at the right time and for the right price.
  
This grant program, now in its 8th funding cycle, encourages initiatives that put evidence into practice, implement innovative process improvements, and/or enhance skills and knowledge of healthcare providers, with the goals of improving patient safety, and/or enhancing the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care delivery.  
  
2013-2014 Grant Cycle Schedule*:
March 5, 2014 - 2013-2014 Quarterly Project Update Meeting
June 16, 2014 - 2013-2014 Quarterly Project Update Meeting
September 3, 2014 - 2013-2014 Quarterly Project Update Meeting
November 5, 2014 - 2013-2014 Quarterly Project Update Meeting
 
2014-2015 Grant Cycle Schedule*:
April 4, 2014 - Request for Proposals due, see RFP guidelines
April 23, 2014 - Committee meeting to review LOI's
June 2, 2014 - Grant proposals from selected candidates due, see submission guidelines 
June 18, 2014 - Committee meeting to review proposals
July 3, 2014 - Grant awards announced
July 21, 2014 - Grant Kick-Off Meeting
August 1, 2013 - Funding start date
November 5, 2014 - 2014-2015 Quarterly Project Update Meeting
*Outlook invites will only work for @ucdenver.edu users 
 
                               2014-2015 Request for Proposals:
         Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety Small Grants Program
 
Sponsors: University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) and Hospital (UCH)
 
Background: The SOM and UCH are committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients. This grant program, now in its 8th funding cycle, is intended to encourage faculty and staff to provide leadership in creating initiatives that put evidence into practice, implement innovative process improvements and enhance the skills and knowledge of healthcare providers, with the goals of improving patient safety, and/or enhancing the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care delivery.
 
Applicants should consider the following guidelines: 
 
·        Applicants must be SOM faculty. UCH staff and faculty from other schools can serve   as PI if partnered with SOM faculty.
·        Grants provide one-year of funding up to $25,000. A 6-month, no cost extension is permissible if sufficient progress is made in the first grant year.
·        No funds may offset SOM/UCH faculty and staff salaries (professional research assistants and consultants may be paid from these funds).
·        Projects should utilize multidisciplinary approaches and make explicit use of QI methodologies when possible.
·        The grant process will not support the development of new technologies and the application of them into medical practice (translational research).
·        The project must include but need not be limited to UCH clinical programs.
·        Grantees need approval from UCH managers/practice directors in clinical areas where the project will be conducted.
 
Some examples of prior grantee projects include:
 
·        Integrated Group Stroke Clinic (Sharon Poisson, MD)
·        Development of Training Media to Detect and Address Demoralization in Patients with Medical Illness and Distinguish it from Major Depression (Alison Heru, MD)
·        Engaging our Patients in Their Inpatient Care: The Effect of Patient Access to Their Electronic Health Record during an Acute Care Hospitalization on Clinical Effectiveness and Patient/Provider Satisfaction (Jonathan Pell, MD)
 
We invite you to submit a 2 page letter of intent by April 4, 2014 which includes: project goals and specific objectives; background and significance; project design (setting, population, measures and how obtained and intervention); timeline; and anticipated cost.
 
Letters of Intent 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).  Within two weeks, the grant committee will contact selected applicants to submit a detailed 10-page proposal due June 2, 2014. The committee anticipates announcing the awards on July 3, 2014, with funding to begin August 1, 2014.
 
Please direct questions and send letters of intent to Heather Hallman at Heather.Hallman@ucdenver.edu.