Description of Pilot Grant Program: 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 additional resources and operational support for the selected projects. When completed, successful pilot projects will serve as a base for sustaining extramural funding to implement and formally evaluate the intervention(s) on a larger scale and longer timeframe within DHS. Acceptable funding mechanisms include but are not limited to NIH R01, R21, R03; PCORI, AHRQ, CDC, and CMS Center for Innovation.
We encourage proposals related to productivity, implementation and improvement, and patient experience. The program is designed to support projects that:
This program does NOT support projects that:
Workshop Opportunity: We are pleased to offer an invitation?only networking workshop and feedback session, which will be open only to select investigators who have submitted an LOI. This planning workshop will be held on October 4, 2018 from 9am to 12pmon the UCLA campus (exact meeting location to follow). 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. The workshop agenda will also include brief remarks by the sponsors and an opportunity for networking with other investigators and DHS staff. All project team members and collaborators are encouraged to attend. While attendance at the planning workshop is strongly encouraged, attendance is not a prerequisite to proceeding with submitting a full application, if invited.
Letter of Intent (LOI): Applicants should submit a brief LOI that describes:
Review: LOIs will be reviewed by representatives of the participating CTSIs and the DHS for potential to improve quality, efficiency and patient centeredness of care within the LAC DHS delivery system. Applicants should describe how the proposed research contributes to DHS delivery system goals, and its potential for/relevance to large?scale implementation within DHS and dissemination of findings more broadly. Projects that adhere to the criteria outlined above will be most strongly considered to proceed with a full proposal.
Next Steps: LOIs will be chosen for further consideration within one week of LOI submission. At that time, selected applicants will receive information on the October 4 planning workshop. Representatives from the participating CTSIs and the DHS will be available to work with applicants to assemble research teams and identify enabling resources (e.g., access to EHR) that will be needed for their proposed projects.