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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 five years of the program, we have awarded $1.3 million to support 23 studies.


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Application Information

The 2017-2018 round of grant making for this program is now underway. NIHCM Foundation is making approximately $300,000 available and expects to fund 5 to 6 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 ideas by 5:00 PM EDT on July 10, 2017. 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 2017.
  • NIHCM will announce the grant winners in November 2017, for project start dates as early as January 2018.

LOI Requirements Online Entry System

Research Grantee News

JournalHealthEconomicsNew Article on Hospital/Physician Integration
Laurence Baker et al., Stanford University
This research shows that when physicians are in practices that are owned by a hospital, their patients are more likely to be admitted to that hospital than to other hospitals, even if its costs are higher and its quality is lower.

NEJM Logo New England Journal of Medicine OHCNew Article on Surprise Medical Bills
Zack Cooper and Fiona Scott Morton, Yale University
This paper uses national medical claims data to document that 22 percent of visits to in-network emergency departments generated a surprise bill from an out-of-network ED physician.

JAMA Internal MedicineNew Article on Non-Recommended Services in Oncology Care
Allison Lipitz-Snyderman, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
This paper shows that overuse of low-value oncology services is driven by physician preferences with little influence from the particular characteristics of a given patient.

AJMC logoNew Article on Tiered Physician Networks
Anna Sinaiko, Harvard University
This paper looks at how different types of patients respond to tiered physician networks.