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Now Accepting Pilot Applications

Download the Fall 2018 Call for Pilot Applications

Due Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 by 5:00pm EDT

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Irving Institute/DBMI Health Practice Research Pilot Awards

The Irving Institute, in partnership with the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), announces an individual, one-year health practice research pilot grant opportunity of $25,000. The CTSA provides $25,000 for salary and other research support of the project. For its part, DBMI makes an ‘in kind’ contribution in the form of DBMI faculty expertise and guidance to support the Informatics and IT components of the pilot project. This award is intended primarily for junior investigators, and the focus of the application should be on research leading to independent, external funding. This award is not meant to supplement ongoing funded research.

Health Practice Research is a form of translational research that applies operational interventions such as information technology, operations research, and simulation to improve the practice of health care, resulting in improved outcomes and efficiency. Columbia’s Informatics Intervention Research Collaboration (I2RC) focuses on the use of innovative information interventions and will be a partner in this award.

Award Duration:  One (1) year
Monetary Award Amount:  $25,000
Number of Awards:  Based upon availability of funds

At award time, qualified applicants must have an appointment as an Instructor, Assistant Professor (clinical or tenure track), or Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is not required.

Research proposal should involve the following:
  • Contact with human subjects, which may include clinicians, patients, groups of patients, or clinical outcomes;
  • Innovative use of information management or information technology; and
  • A rigorous evaluation of the results of the intervention.

Specific Goals of this Pilot Award in Health Practice Research
The main goals of this program are to offer clinical researchers the opportunity to do an informatics-based project in an operational clinical setting. The researcher should try to bring information technology-based tools to bear on a practical clinical problem. The goal of the project should be to (i) design, develop and implement an information technology-based intervention targeted at a practical clinical problem and (ii) evaluate to what extent the tool actually had an impact on care. Examples of interventions that might be implemented under this program are:
  • An alert or reminder to increase the likelihood of compliance with best practices
  • A workflow-based tool to increase the efficiency of care, quality of life or outcomes for providers, teams of practitioners, patients or society in general
  • Tools to facilitate clinical research
  • Population health management tools to measure, monitor and intervene in chronic disease
  • Tools that support patient-centered care
  • An analysis of current practices to inform future directions

Irving Institute/DBMI Health Practice Research Pilot Award Recipients – 2013 to Present

For any questions about the application content, please contact:

Soumitra Sengupta, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
or Karthik Natarajan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics