Past Winners

Past Winners of the University of Chicago Medicine Innovations Grants Program
The annual $100,000 UCM Innovations Grant Program was created to support projects that use research-quality methods to design, implement, and/or evaluate innovative solutions to operational problems or areas in need of improvement at the University of Chicago Medicine.  The grant program has been extremely competitive with funding at the 10.5 percentile.

National funding agencies generally overlook the growing field of health care delivery science, a discipline with the goal of using research to discover innovative ways to better deliver care to patients. In recognition of the lack of adequate funding, the program was jump-started by a gift from an anonymous donor and then matched by the Office of the President of the University of Chicago Medical Center. A growing team of 27 University of Chicago Medicine operational and research leaders review the grant applications, rigorously assessing methodological strength, operational innovation, and feasibility.

2015 Winners


Implementing Computerized Adaptive Testing and Embedded Care for Depression Screening and Management in Primary care – a project that uses a self-administered predictive algorithm to screen for depression and embed mental health providers into primary care (principal investigator: Neda Laiteerapong, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, supported by a multidisciplinary team).




Effect of a goal-directed acute decompensated heart failure clinical pathway on hospital readmission and cost of care– a project focused on standardizing care transitions and improving patient and caregiver education to reduce readmissions, with rigorous evaluation methods (principal investigator: Corey Tabit, MD, Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine, supported by a multidisciplinary team)



2014 Inaugural Winners


“Prudence” Surgical Cost Reduction Initiative – a project using Lean-based methods to examine ways to reduce operating room costs related to wasted and unnecessary surgical supplies (principal investigator: Alexander Langerman, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery and a specialist in head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery, supported by a multidisciplinary team).


 Improving the Health of our Patients: The COPD Readmissions Intervention– a project centered on treatment models for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (principal investigator: Tina Shah, MD, MPH, a pulmonary and critical care fellow, supported by a multidisciplinary team).

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