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Interprofessional / Interdisciplinary Small Grants Announcement


Jeff Borckardt, PhD or Betsy Pilcher, DMD or

Interprofessional / Interdisciplinary Small Grants Announcement

The MUSC Strategic Plan Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary (IP/ID) Operations Team is pleased to announce the 2014 Interprofessional Collaboration Grant Opportunity Pilot Project Program. Information about this request for proposals is below. Deadline for proposal submission is September 26, 2014.

Program Goal:

To promote the scholarship of interprofessional (IP) collaboration and practice in the areas of clinical care, education, and research.

The project requesting support may include, but is not limited to, a focus on:

(1) the impact of IP practice on (for example):
Patient outcomes
Patient safety
Cost-effectiveness of health care
Health professional student outcomes

or, (2) Research on interprofessional practices (i.e., development/validation of IP practice assessment measures)

The project description should include: a) rationale for the interprofessional team's composition; and b) a plan to evaluate the project's outcomes and the function of the interprofessional team.

Multiple grants will be awarded. Historically the award amount has averaged $15,000. Applications may request an award amount up to $25,000.

Eligibility Criteria:
The Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PIs and other investigators may be faculty, postdocs, graduate students, or clinical staff. The investigator team must have an interprofessional composition. "Interprofessional" is defined as the representation of two or more professions (e.g., nurse and physician, pharmacist and physician assistant).

In addition to including investigators representing multiple professions, the proposed project should aim to establish a relationship between interprofessional practice and outcomes (clinical care, education, or research).

The PI or Co-PI must have a current appointment with MUSC (e.g., University, MUHA, MUSC Physicians).

Scholarly work that establishes baseline data or demonstrates strong potential for obtaining additional funding will be viewed favorably.

Application Process
Include abbreviated curriculum vitae (or NIH Biosketch) of all investigators
Include letter(s) of support from the supervisor of the PI and Co-PI (if applicable)

Maximum of two pages including:
a. Specific Aims
b. Significance and Innovation
c. Rationale and Approach (including methods, outcome measures, data analysis plans, and project evaluation)
d. Plan for dissemination of results (presentation of work at a relevant national meeting and/or publication is required)
e. References cited will not count as part of the two page limit

A one page appendix:
a. Timeline (including a progress report at 6 months and project completion within 12 months after receiving funds/IRB approval)
b. IRB approval (if available). Note that IRB approval is required before funding can be awarded.
c. Budget (may include salary support, travel to present at a professional meeting, supplies, participant fees, IRB fee, and other expenses needed to conduct the work.) Entire awarded amount will be transferred after receipt of IRB approval.


For questions about the MUSC Interprofessional Collaboration Grant, please contact:
Jeff Borckardt, PhD at 792-3295 or
Betsy Pilcher, DMD at 792-2337 or

If assistance is needed with research design, please contact the SCTR Success Center at

Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014
Submit completed application packet as a single PDF file to:
Mary Mauldin at

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