The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

Pilot Grants — Stanford Learning Health Care Innovation Challenge


The Spectrum Innovations and Pilots Program accelerates the translation of medical discoveries into better health through innovation training, mentorships and pilot funding of promising projects.

Innovation training and project development support are offered through these fellowship and educational programs:

  • Biodesign (medtech innovation)
  • SPARK (biopharma innovation)
  • SPADA (Stanford Predictives and Diagnostics Accelerator)

Spectrum and the Center for Population Health Sciences are very pleased to announce that Stanford Health Care (SHC) is partnering with us to expand funding for seed grants that will implement novel learning health care systems approaches to contemporary health care problems. We solicit proposals that will have a clear focus on using data to improve the health of the patient populations served by SHC, with the requirement that the proposal must use data from one or more SHC data system (e.g., STRIDE, EPIC, or data that can be linked to EMRs), or comparable clinical data that could be used as a surrogate to test a SHC learning health care system application.

Research topics of specific interest include but are not limited to:

  • Developing new innovations that will improve the clinical workflow in the SHC system, such as:
    • creating new guidelines, processes, protocols, decision support tools, and other interventions that can be iteratively improved with feedback from practicing clinicians, and
    • using information extracted from clinical data warehouses to improve patient care.
  • Research that will use data to provide information to clinicians at the point of care enabling them to predict which patients are at greatest risk of developing certain conditions, experiencing adverse events, or benefiting from specific interventions.
  • Developing and testing data-based approaches that will enable personalized approaches to treatment decisions about medications, procedures and medical devices.
  • Incorporating patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient preferences into the clinical process for improved shared clinical decision-making.

The primary expectation is that these early-stage pilot projects will lead to additional research, external support, information dissemination and most important, will develop into longer-term, comprehensive projects. We strongly encourage submissions that propose partnerships and collaborations with SHC clinicians, informaticians and other partners in the SHC system. Projects that utilize VA data can be submitted; however, they must explore an important question with results that are generalizable to SHC.

Applications for the 2016 cycle of funding are due by 6pm on Friday, September 30, 2015.

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