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Investigator-Initiated Research Grants

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NIHCM Foundation supports innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system. Projects must advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy. During the first four years of the program, we have awarded over $950,000 to support 16 studies. 


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Application Information

The 2016-2017 round of grant making for this program is now underway. NIHCM Foundation is making a total of up to $250,000 available and expects to fund 4 to 5 studies from this amount.

Winning studies will be selected using the following process:

  • Interested researchers must submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) outlining their study idea by 5:00 PM EDT on July 11, 2016. Applications are welcome at any time prior to that deadline. LOIs must conform to the required structure and must be submitted using NIHCM’s online entry system (see below).
  • Full (10-page) proposals will be invited from a small number of applicants in August and will be due in September 2016.
  • NIHCM will announce the grant winners in November 2016 for project start dates as early as January 2017.

LOI Requirements Online Entry System

Research Grantee News

MCLogoNew Medical Care Article on Physicians and Medicaid Patients
Keith Marzilli Ericson, Boston University
This study finds that physicians who see a larger share of Medicaid patients are more likely to have characteristics that patients associate with lower quality and are less well connected in the patient referral network.

NYTUpshotLogoCropped2Groundbreaking Study Looks at Prices and Spending in Private Insurance
Zack Cooper, Yale University
A recent New York Times front-page story, led by Yale University's Zack Cooper, highlights new research about variations in health spending.

HATextOnlyLogoNew Health Affairs Article on Health Care Costs
Laurence Baker, Stanford University
This NIHCM-sponsored research documents significantly higher private prices for a range of surgical and medical procedures and specialties in markets with higher concentration of physician practices.