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LAC DHS-UCLA CTSI-SC CTSI Implementation Science Award
Deadline: November 25, 2019 05:00 PM

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Purpose: The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) are partnering to develop and test interventions to enhance quality, efficiency and patient-centeredness of care provided by the LAC DHS. These partners are committed to fostering the professional development of clinician-investigators and translational scientists as they strive to close the knowledge-to-practice gap in our regional healthcare delivery systems. This solicitation requests letters of intent that describe ideas for such projects. More detailed applications for funding will be solicited from a subset of the submitted intent letters. 

Description of the Funding Opportunity: The participating CTSIs and the DHS intend to issue two pilot grants of up to $75,000 each for up to one year to support the design and small scale implementation of interventions within DHS that will achieve the goals of quality, efficiency and patient centered care. The DHS will provide operational support for the selected projects. The partners intend to support scientific endeavors that provide value to DHS within the project period and generate results that enable project teams to attempt to secure extramural funding for larger scale implementation or further application of the strategies tested in the project.  Acceptable funding mechanisms that applicant teams can indicate that they would pursue include, but are not limited to, NIH R01, R21, R03; PCORI, AHRQ, CDC, and CMS Center for Innovation.

This RFA focuses on implementation, which refers to the systematic uptake of proven clinical treatments, practices, organizational, and management interventions into routine practice with the intent of improving health. The expected impact of this program on the DHS system includes impact on patients (e.g., access, experience, health outcomes, reducing health disparities) and impact on efficiency (e.g., improving efficiency of outpatient care, reducing use of unnecessary diagnostic testing).

Eligibility: Awards will be made to research teams consisting of investigators from UCLA and/or USC working closely with investigators and staff members from DHS to design and conduct proposed projects. Multisite collaboration is strongly encouraged. All USC and UCLA faculty members in any series (tenured/non-tenured) including adjunct and professional research series may apply.

Submission: LOIs must be submitted by 5pm PST on November 25, 2019 through this website. Questions can be addressed to Research Development (rd@sc-ctsi.org) at USC or to Deborah Herman (dkherman@mednet.ucla.edu) at UCLA.   

For complete information, see the Implementation Science Award RFA

Workshop Opportunity

We are pleased to offer an invitation-only networking workshop and feedback session, which will be open only to investigators who have submitted an LOI. This planning workshop will be held on December 9, 2019 as an in-person and virtual meeting to enable maximum participation, with the option to view a recording at a later date. Content experts from the funding partners at UCLA CTSI, SC CTSI and LAC DHS will be available to provide additional guidance and consultations on project ideas, and assessment of each proposed project’s adherence to the Implementation Science program’s aims.

Summary of Timeline
  • Receipt Deadline for Letters of Intent: November 25, 2019
  • Planning Workshop: December 9, 2019
  • Receipt Deadline for Full Proposals: January 2020
  • Notification of Awardees: Spring 2020
  • Award Start Date: July 2020

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