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*:
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 23, 2014 - Committee meeting to review LOI's
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
Effectiveness and Patient Safety Small Grants Program
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
· Applicants must be
UCH staff and faculty from other schools can serve as PI if partnered with SOM
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.
funds may offset SOM/UCH faculty and staff salaries (professional research
assistants and consultants may be paid from these funds).
should utilize multidisciplinary approaches and make explicit use of QI
methodologies when possible.
grant process will not support the development of new technologies and the
application of them into medical practice (translational research).
project must include but need not be limited to UCH clinical programs.
need approval from UCH managers/practice directors in clinical areas where the project
will be conducted.
Some examples of prior grantee
Group Stroke Clinic (Sharon Poisson, MD)
of Training Media to Detect and Address Demoralization in Patients with Medical
Illness and Distinguish it from Major Depression (Alison Heru, MD)
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.