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Apply for Clinical Futures and PolicyLab's Pilot Grant Program

Published on August 28, 2023 in Announcements · Last updated 8 months ago


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Clinical Futures and PolicyLab jointly sponsor a pilot grant program to support Children's Hospital of Philadelphia investigators in launching clinical effectiveness and policy-oriented health services research studies. The Centers are pleased to invite applications to the Fall 2023 cycle of the Clinical Futures and PolicyLab pilot grant competition!

Applications are due on October 2, 2023. Projects designed to investigate disparities and/or improve equity of health care access or outcomes are especially encouraged. The program will support CHOP investigators in clinical effectiveness pilot research studies and/or policy-oriented health services pilot research studies. Selected proposals will be supported for up to a maximum of $20,000 for one year. Projects should be able to be completed within one year.

Faculty and instructors from all CHOP departments and divisions are encouraged to apply. We will also consider funding research scientists, experienced research coordinators and research fellows. 

You can find more information on how to apply.

Both centers are also excited to announce their spring 2023 pilot grant recipients! Learn about their exciting projects and be sure to visit Clinical Futures' website and PolicyLab's website to learn more about the program.

  • April J. Ancheta, PhD, RN, Nadia L. Dowshen, MD, MSHP, Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dalmacio Dennis Flores, PhD, ACRN, FAAN — "The Experiences of School Nurses in Caring for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth"
  • Jennifer Whittaker, PhD, Xi Wang, PhD, Rebecka Rosenquist, MSc, Meredith Matone, DrPH — "Understanding the Geography and Role of Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Rural Maternal Healthcare Deserts in Pennsylvania"
  • David Weber, MD, MSCE, Jonathan Mitchell, PhD, Jessica Decker, PhD, Rachana Shah, MD — "GLP1a Therapy and Effects on Bone Health and Energetic Behavior Profiles in Children with Obesity"
  • Sarah M. Wood, MD, MSHP, Spandana Makeneni, PhD, Charlotte Schluger, BS — "Using Natural Language Processing and Clinical Notes to Assess Clinical Guideline Adherence to HIV Prevention Care in Adolescents and Young Adults"

Clinical Futures will fund additional projects through other internal funding mechanisms:

  • Amy Jo Lisanti, PhD, RN, CCNS, Amanda P. Bettencourt, PhD, APRN, CCRN-K, ACCNS-P, Elizabeth Herrup, MD, Abigail Demianczyk, PhD — "The BUFFET Program: Leveraging the Single Session Intervention Model to Develop a Brief Treatment for Food Selectivity in Autistic Youth"
  • Funded by the Implementation Science "Preparatory to Trial" grant program, led by the Clinical Futures Implementation Science Pillar
  • Emily S. Kuschner, PhD, Ariana Garagozzo, PsyD, Colleen Lukens, PhD, Kathleen Rein, PsyD — "Examination of Factors Influencing the Implementation of Skin-to-Skin Care in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit"
  • Funded by the Clinical Trials pilot grant program, led by the Clinical Futures Clinical Trial Pillar and the Clinical Trials Research Affinity Group
  • Halley Ruppel, PhD, RN, Elizabeth Froh, PhD, RN, Brooke Luo, MD — "Re-designing Inpatient Nursing Notes Shared with Families: An Opportunity to Enhance Family-centered Care Delivery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia"
  • Funded by the Healthcare Delivery Science Research grant program, led by Clinical Futures, the Possibilities Project and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Analytics