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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. In the first six years of the program, we have awarded nearly $1.7 million to support 30 studies.


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Application Information

The 2018-2019 round of grantmaking for this program is now underway. NIHCM Foundation is making approximately $400,000 available and expects to fund 7 to 8 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 9, 2018. 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 2018.
  • NIHCM will notify grant winners in November 2018, for project start dates as early as January 2019.

LOI Requirements Online Entry System

Research Grantee News

JAMA Internal MedicineNew Article on the Impact of High-Deductible Plans on Use of Low-Value Services
Neeraj Sood, University of Southern California
This article shows that patients did not reduce their use of low-value care appreciably after enrolling in a high-deductible plan, even though they cut their spending overall.

MCRR logoNew Article on Physician Organizational Affiliations and Patient Sharing
Keith Marzilli Ericson, Boston University
This work demonstrates that physicians working at the same practice site or in the same medical group are more likely to share common patients, believed to be an important factor in effective care coordination.

JACRlogoNew Article on Trends in Use of Diagnostic Imaging
Gary Young, Northeastern University
This paper uses all-payer claims from Massachusetts from 2009 to 2013 to document how use and spending for imaging services has been changing.

POMS logoNew Article on Medicare's Star Rating System for Nursing Homes
Niam Yaraghi, The Brookings Institution
This analysis of Medicare’s five-star nursing home rating system finds evidence that some facilities are using self-reporting to inflate their ratings, making themselves more attractive to potential patients and enhancing profits.