Health Care Reform Research Opportunities

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Health Care Reform has generated numerous funding opportunities for programs, demonstrations and pilots that will continue over the next several years. These funding opportunities are administered through various federal and state agencies and centers, some of which are traditional sources of research funding and some of which represent new sources. In order to make these opportunities more accessible to Medical Center Researchers, the CTSI is collaborating with the Medical Center Planning Office to provide this central location for reform-related funding opportunities and to highlight opportunities for collaboration across the medical center. Certain funding opportunities noted below require institutional collaboration.

Title: Health Care Innovation Challenge
Funder: CMMI
Description: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has announced the Health Care Innovation Challenge, a funding opportunity that will provide grants of up to $30 million over a three-year period for projects that test creative ways to deliver high-quality health care services and lower costs. All proposals are to include the following elements: (1) Workforce development and deployment; (2) Speed to implementation; and (3) Model sustainability.
Funding amount: $1 million to $30 million over a three-year period.
Deadlines: Letter of intent due December 19, 2011; applications due January 27, 2012.
Note: The Center for Research Implementation and Translation will work with interested investigators to promote collaboration across the Medical Center and strengthen proposals. Information for interested applicants will be available shortly here.

Title: Collaborative Hubs for International Research on Mental Health (U19)
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), invites cooperative agreement research applications to establish regional research hubs to increase the evidence base for mental health interventions in World Bank designated low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Funding Amount: An applicant may request up to $500,000 direct costs per year. The NIMH intends to commit approximately $1,000,000 in FY 2012 to fund up to 2 grants in response to this FOA.
Deadline(s): January 11, 2012

Title: Medicaid Health Homes
Funder: New York State Department of Health
Description: The NY State Medicaid Programs seeks to implement the health home model of service delivery for the most vulnerable beneficiaries.  The health home model expands on the traditional medical home model to build linkages to other community and social supports, and to enhance coordination of medical and behavioral health care, with the main focus on the needs of persons with multiple chronic illnesses.
Funding Amount: Provides ongoing care management support on an individually risk-adjusted per member per month basis.  Amounts vary from approximately $50 to $300 with average estimated around $100.  Additional opportunity to share in savings generated.
Deadline(s): February 1, 2012.
Note: The Medical Center has already begun developing models for this competitive process. For more information, contact Jim Garnham at

Title: Partnership for Patients: Community-Based Care Transitions
Funder: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Description: The Community Based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) goals are; to reduce hospital readmissions, test sustainable funding streams for care transition services, maintain or improve quality of care, and document measureable savings to the Medicare program.
Funding Amount: Variable based on volume. Awardees will be paid an all-inclusive rate per eligible discharge.
Deadline(s): Rolling applications beginning April 2011

Title: Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO):
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Description:  Supported projects include: 1) examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and 2) exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.
Funding Amount: Two Categories:

  • Small grants for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take 12 months or less.
  • Large grants for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months.

Deadline(s): Open, no deadline

Title: Advancing the Impact of Effective HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Interventions (R01)
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
Description: The two overarching goals of this FOA are to encourage projects that will 1) improve the uptake of efficacious interventions and 2) conduct research to inform and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions, in order to maximize community impact.
Funding Amount: Applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year (excluding consortium F&A) must contact NIH program staff at least 6 weeks before submitting the application and follow the Policy on the Acceptance for Review of Unsolicited Applications that Request $500,000 or More in Direct Costs as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.  
Deadline(s): Rolling



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