MPrOVE Research Innovation Challenge

What is the Challenge?

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (MPrOVE) are excited to announce the launch of the MPrOVE Research Innovation Challenge. The Challenge is a new program that will provide planning funds to drive team science by encouraging the development of interdisciplinary research projects focused on optimizing value in healthcare in order to advance the quality of healthcare, reduce costs, and help improve patient outcomes.

The Challenge will start with a Kick-Off Event on Wednesday, September 27 from 12:30 – 4:30 pm in the NCRC Building 18 Dining Hall. At the Kick-Off, we will help match faculty with similar interests and will facilitate group brainstorming to generate ideas for potential collaborative research proposals. The kick-off will include lunch and opening remarks from:

  • David Spahlinger, M.D., Executive Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Medical School President
  • Eve Kerr, M.D., M.P.H., Director, MPrOVE
  • John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., Director, IHPI
  • Anne Sales, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., Co-Director, MPrOVE

Project teams will then be encouraged to develop these ideas further and submit a brief proposal to Competition Space by November 3, 2017. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 8 at 5:00 pm.


What is the timeline for generating proposals?

  • September 8: Kick-Off Event registration deadline. 
  • September 27: Kick-Off Event 12:30 – 4:30 pm, NCRC Building 18 Dining Hall. 
  • November 3: Project application deadline. 
  • November 20: Internal leadership team identifies top 3–5 projects, and notifies these teams.
  • December 7: External review committee will hear presentations from top 3–5 project teams.
  • December 21: Two project proposals selected to receive planning funds for development of large-scale grant submissions.


How will the funding work?

Through the Challenge, MPrOVE will provide planning funds to support the submission of collaborative large scale grant proposals -- ideally, Center Grants (P), Umbrella Grants (U) and R01s – that aim to improve appropriateness, outcomes, costs, and patient experiences.

Two project proposals will be selected to receive:

  • Up to $75,000 in planning funds;
  • In-kind resources from IHPI (project management and grant development support, access to data sets and data analysis, etc.) to help develop your proposal;
  • Innovation consulting and coaching from Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI).

Proposals will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation of research ideas focused on value;
  • Synergy of multidisciplinary team members from across IHPI and University of Michigan;
  • Feasibility of grant submission at the end of the funding period (18 months);
  • Potential for external funding success.


What are the research themes for the Challenge?

Last summer, two “Choosing Wisely” working groups comprised of IHPI faculty identified the following high level themes for further interdisciplinary exploration:

  1. Reducing unnecessary use of testing and procedures to minimize costs (financial and emotional) for patients and the healthcare system.
  2. Using technology and data (mobile health, big data, etc.) to decrease healthcare costs, improve value, and increase access to care.
  3. Shifting care away from high-cost settings (inpatient, ED, etc.) in order to consistently deliver the right care for the right patient in the right setting.
  4. Decreasing unnecessary use of treatments and medications in order to avoid care that may be harmful or is unlikely to lead to better patient outcomes and health.

Investigation within these themes is encouraged, however proposals can address other areas of research relevant to optimizing healthcare value.  


What eligibility criteria do project teams need to meet?

To be eligible for funding, all research teams must include at least one IHPI faculty member who attends the September 27 Kick-Off event. We encourage all interested faculty to attend, as the Kick-Off Event will provide an opportunity to network with both IHPI- and non-IHPI-faculty members and to form research teams.  We expect successful teams to have members from at least two schools/colleges at the University of Michigan.