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General Internal Medicine Primary Care Innovation- Seed Grants for Innovative Primary Care Proposals

Deadline Date: 
May 31, 2017


April 4, 2017

The Primary Care Innovation of the Division of General Internal Medicine is pleased to invite submission of one-year project applications. The primary goal of this opportunity is to support pilot novel and innovative education and research projects in the broad field of primary care that will lead to competitive extramural grant applications, or publications in high impact journals. The Primary Care Innovation intends to commit $100,000 to fund two to three 1 year projects. 


Eligible Applicants 

The lead investigator should have a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine, and collaborative multiple PI projects (involving more than one investigator from complementary areas of other Departments) are strongly encouraged. In addition, new investigators are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the General Internal Medicine Research Work in Progress meeting to present their projects to get feedback prior to submitting their application. Studies related to health equity will be prioritized. Awardees of the Department’s seed-grant competition within the past 3 years are not eligible. No PI may have more than one concurrent GIM IPCI Seed Award. For proposals with existing funding support, please explain any cost sharing. 


This opportunity seeks to support the development of novel, innovative research broadly related to the practice of primary care. Topics may focus on innovative strategies to improve the quality of care, curricular development, practice redesign, application of new technologies to enhance patient care and health promotion, projects to enhance medical learning or patient education, projects that advance patient-centered care, novel and innovative models of care, among others. Applications that propose potentially high impact pilot studies that are well thought out and have a clearly defined path to extramural funding are particularly encouraged. 


Application budgets are limited to $50,000 total direct costs for the one-year project period, and will support faculty, project personnel, supplies, and costs of patient incentives/honoraria. Funds may not be used to support capital equipment, travel, or indirect costs. The funding period is anticipated to be July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018. 


Application Instructions & Checklist 

  1. Cover Page: use attached cover-page template;

  2. Abstract: 1⁄2 page

  3. Lay Summary: 1⁄2 page

  4. Novel-Direction Statement: brief statement (< 1⁄2 page) describing how the proposed project is a new direction focused on transforming some aspect of primary care, and how it is not covered by any existing grant funding;

  5. Research Proposal (3 page limit): include the following sections only (NIH format): Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Approach. Preliminary data, if available, should also be included;

  6. References (not included in the Research Proposal page limit);

  7. Extramural Funding Plan: brief plan (~ 1⁄2 page) for submission of an application for continued, extramural support of the project. Plan should include a timetable for potential submission of project for extramural support. Plan should highlight how seed funding will enhance the likelihood of success for extramural funding. Proposals which can generate preliminary data to prepare for a more competitive grant funding will be highly sought;

  8. Statement on Collaborations: for collaborative interdepartmental projects, include a brief statement on how the proposal reflects collaboration between investigators at WCM and how they will jointly contribute to the project and collaboratively benefit from the funding.

  9. Budget (itemized);

  10. Budget Justification;

  11. NIH formatted Biosketch for key personnel;

  12. Other Support Page: include all active research support.

Please utilize the provided application template, with the set margins/font. 

Application Deadline

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF to by May 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST. For additional information on this opportunity please contact Dr. Fred Pelzman, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at

Selection Process

Awards will be chosen on a competitive basis arbitrated by an ad hoc patient centered committee of impartial experts. Selection criteria will include potential for subsequent extramural funding, scientific merit, innovation, feasibility and programmatic impact. Studies related to health equity will be prioritized. The Lead PI will be notified via e-mail in June if the project is selected for funding. The effective award date is July 1, 2017. 

Primary Care Innovation 420 East 70th Street, LH340 New York, NY 10021 Phone: (646) 962-5900