At UMass Memorial Health, we believe in the power of ideas. Our caregivers are our army of innovators, helping us each and every day to become the best place to give care and the best place to get care through innovation. To ensure these ideas are successful, we’ve created various innovation funds to fuel ideas that require additional funding.
Carl Atkins Risk Management Grants
The UMass Memorial Self-Insurance Program seeks proposals from UMass Memorial Health employees, departments, programs and affiliates for grant-funded projects related to risk management (projects specifically designed to eliminate or minimize risk). Up to $100,000 in funding is available. This amount may be divided among several proposals. Learn more about Carl Atkins Risk Management grants.
Digital Health Insights Grant (DIGI Grant)
UMass Memorial Health’s Center for Digital Health Solutions (CDHS) seeks proposals from UMass Memorial Medical Group members for the Digital Health Insights Grant. This program will provide grant awards to health care providers to support novel approaches to the use of digital health technologies that have a positive impact on quality, efficiency, patient and/or provider engagement, health equity, or financial outcomes. The goal of this grant award is to support our health care providers and foster innovation in digital health across UMass Memorial Health. Learn more about the DIGI grant.
Quality Improvements and Clinical Innovation Grant
The Quality Improvement and Clinical Innovation Grant Program aims to continuously improve the quality of care delivered through our health care system while reducing the cost of care for our patients. This grant provides teams of caregivers with up to $25,000 to support standardization of care that meaningfully improves quality and/or reduces the cost of care delivered to our patients. Learn more about the Quality Improvements Grant.
Health Equity and Inclusion Seed Program
This seed program supports ideas for systemwide improvements with the goals of eliminating health disparities (inequities) for UMass Memorial Health patients and clients and helping UMass Memorial Health caregivers feel a sense of belonging and inclusion within our community. Submitted ideas, or “seeds,” must come from a team of caregivers that includes at least one frontline team member and one manager. Learn more about Health Equity and Inclusion Seed Program.
Innovation Fund Grants
The Idea System Innovation Fund, known as simply the Innovation Fund, supports ideas that come through your team's idea system and require additional funding to be implemented. Innovation Fund requests are reviewed monthly (requests under $10,000) and bimonthly (requests over $10,000) by the Innovation Fund Committee, which is comprised of the health care system’s caregiver experience team and Eric Dickson, MD, President and CEO, UMass Memorial Health. Learn more about Innovation Fund grants.
Prize for Academic Collaboration and Excellence (PACE) Award
Sponsored by UMass Memorial Medical Group and the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) at UMass Chan Medical School, the PACE Award provides funding for physician research. This award supports the engagement of Medical Group physicians in innovative, cutting-edge, investigator-initiated research; encourages interdepartmental collaboration; showcases the Medical Group’s commitment to academic excellence; reinforces our identity as a group comprised of academic physicians; and is open to any area of investigation. The PACE program is funded with a $400,000 grant from UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Chan Medical School. The number of awards granted depend on the number of winners selected from the top submissions. The maximum award will be $200,000. All grants are distributed over a two-year funding period. Learn more about the PACE award.