Announcing interprofessional exchange research stimulus funding

March 8, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M health science school deans have announced new grant funding to support research targeted at determining the ability of interprofessional education (IPE), interprofessional policy (IPP), interprofessional research (IPR), and interprofessional care and service (IPCS) to improve health outcomes and value.

The interprofessional exchange — or IP-X — program is designed to stimulate trendsetting collaborative efforts that will gain national and international recognition for U-M as an innovative leader for interprofessional health care, policy, research and education that is inextricably tied to translational efforts in the delivery of clinical care, management of population health and prevention of disease. The goal is to fund the most exciting and innovative ideas from across the university to promote research on the benefits of IP-X on diseases, populations and/or current practices.

A general informational meeting about the IP-X grants will be held on Monday, March 20, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the School of Nursing, 426 N. Ingalls, Room 1240 and 1250. A light dinner will be served. Please click here to RSVP.

Specifically, the IP-X Research Stimulus has more than $1.5 million of dedicated funding available for distribution over a three-year period.

In the first year, the funds will be allocated via two programs:

  • Pilot Grants (up to $50,000) are aimed at gathering the right team, formulating a plan or collecting preliminary data on specific interprofessional health intervention pilots with a plan to apply for future external funding. These are relatively small-scale projects that embrace risk, discovery and experimentation, empowering faculty members and staff to explore opportunities beyond the traditional. They should be based on a hypothesis that can be questioned, explored, and piloted during this initial funding period.
  • Early Implementation Grants (up to $250,000) are directed toward establishing and implementing innovative interprofessional health programs, and determining health outcomes of these programs. These proposals should be aimed at large-scale changes to U-M collaborative infrastructure to leverage the university’s strengths and innovations in interprofessional exchange. Projects should be based upon evidence that the proposed changes have value for health sciences at U-M and for implementing innovative approaches on a larger scale. It is desirable to have an established relationship with an external partner from government, industry, health systems or non-governmental organizations in order to achieve sustainability of the innovation. In comparison to Pilot grants, Early Implementation grants are intended to support projects with potential for significantly greater impact and a defined path toward sustainable, external funding.

All grant proposals must include faculty participation from at least three of the following U-M health science schools (with at least one member from a health science school on the Ann Arbor campus):

  • U-M – Ann Arbor: School of Dentistry, School of Kinesiology, Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Social Work
  • U-M – Dearborn: College of Education, Health and Human Services
  • U-M – Flint: School of Health Professions and Studies, School of Nursing

Faculty involvement from other university units and disciplines is encouraged but they may not serve as the principal investigator.  A previous faculty retreat on this subject identified the following potential project areas: opioid abuse, hypertension, diabetes, hospital readmissions, vaccination programs, tele-health, poverty, diversity, and precision medicine.  Although research on these topics is encouraged, proposals can address other areas of relevant research.

Specific RFAs will be available by mid-March. Grant applications will be due in mid-June and approval notification will be provided in late August or early September for a one- or two-year funding period.