Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

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.

The submission deadline for Letters of Inquiry was July 9, 2018. No further applications for this current funding cycle are being accepted. Full 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.

Research Grantee News

Quarterly Journal of Economics
New Article on Price Variation

Zack Cooper, Yale University
This paper shows the importance of hospital market power relative to insurers as a driver of higher negotiated prices for privately insured patients.

JournalHealthEconomicsNew Article on the Impacts of Reference Pricing
Christopher Whaley, RAND Corporation
This work documents modest reductions in provider prices when an insurer implements reference pricing for a large enrollee population, with large spillover benefits for other patients insured by the same carrier but not facing reference pricing benefits.

Science Journal Logo thinNew Article on End-of-Life Care
Ziad Obermeyer, Brigham and Women's Hospital
This paper explores the feasibility of targeting high spending at the end of life in the quest to control overall health care spending.

ajhe logoNew Article on Reference Pricing
Christopher Whaley, RAND Corporation
This article shows that reference pricing can encourage patients to shop for higher-value care by sharpening their financial incentives and signaling them about provider value.