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Investigator-Initiated Research Grants

Grants to USA Researchers, Nonprofits, and For-Profits
for Research to Improve the Healthcare System

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/09/19 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to USA researchers, nonprofits, and for-profits for high-value research projects to improve the healthcare system. Funding is intended for innovative research with the potential to have a positive impact at the policy level through improved and expanded insurance and access to services, and by reducing spending.

Purpose: To support innovative research that will advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy. Studies must have strong potential to yield insights that can be used to have a positive impact on the U.S. health care system by reducing spending, improving quality of care, and/or expanding access to insurance coverage and health care services.

Allowable direct costs include salaries and fringe benefits for project personnel and the direct cost of data, supplies, other incidental expenses and any subcontracts required to conduct the project. Domestic travel for the purpose of sharing results with policymakers and researchers at professional conferences and other venues is a permissible expense. Costs for items such as rent, utilities and other costs of doing business must be included as part of overhead and not billed separately as a direct cost. Indirect costs (overhead) are limited to 12 percent of the budget, excluding any subcontracts. Your expected overhead charges (up to the 12 percent limit) should be included in the anticipated budget figure that you provide as part of the initial letter of inquiry.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185791

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

8 to 9

Term of Contract:

Projects that can be completed within one year (2020) are preferred, but studies requiring a longer timeframe may be proposed. Applicants with longer-term studies should consider the feasibility of organizing their work so as to yield interim findings and products that will maximize study impact. Projects would normally begin in January 2020 unless there is a reason to delay the start (e.g., availability of data or key personnel).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NIHCM welcomes applications from individual researchers as well as from all types of organizations and institutions, including both nonprofit and for-profit entities.

Multiple organizations may apply jointly, but one must be named as the principal organization and others will have a subcontract relationship with that organization.

There is no limit to the number of project ideas that may be submitted by a given applicant, organization or academic department.

NIHCM will not cover expenditures for patient care, case management services, capital purchases including computers, international travel or lobbying. Additionally, NIHCM will not accept a budget that includes an additional “fee” beyond the labor expenses, other direct costs and overhead.

Pre-Application Information:

- Interested researchers must submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) outlining their study idea by 5:00 PM EDT on July 9, 2019. Applications are welcome at any time prior to that deadline. LOIs must conform to the required structure and must be submitted using NIHCM’s online entry system.
- Full proposals will be invited from a small number of applicants in August and will be due in September 2019.
- NIHCM will notify grant winners in November 2019, for project start dates as early as January 2020.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOI Online:

Julie Schoenman

1225 19th St. NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036

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