RISE Funding

RISE sponsors an 18-month Fellowship to develop and implement ideas that have the potential to advance science, health, and/or healthcare delivery.  The fellowship includes 25% effort, project funding of up to $7,500, and innovation developing which includes individual coaching.

RISE funds Innovation Mini-Grants for up to $5,000 to promote innovation in medical and/or graduate education with the potential to advance science, health, and healthcare delivery.


Michigan Medicine Education Innovation Funding

The Continuing Medical Education Innovation Grant funds invites project proposals for grants to support innovation in Continuing Medical Education (CME).  Successful project proposals will receive up to $25,000.  Proposals can promote innovation in all aspects of physician learning or training – content, process, outcomes, or assessment.

The Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) Research Fund funds proposals that apply best practices in simulation-based education for UME, GME, and other healthcare professionals.  Awards are a maximum of $15,000 per project.

The Graduate Medical Education Innovation Fund  provides $50,000 – $100,000 to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of GME through disruptive innovations for the benefit of healthcare, and that demonstrates the true value proposition of GME.


University of Michigan Innovation Funding

The Office of Academic Innovation provides seed funding that enable research on special topics in higher education and academic innovation to get the support they need to get off the ground.  The maximum is typically $5,000.

The Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, CRLT, and the University Library honors original, specific innovations designed to improve student learning.  The award will provide $5,000 to five faculty members (or teams) for their innovative projects to improve student learning.

The Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching funds up to $6,000 for individual faculty proposing innovative revisions to courses or innovative course development or initiating smaller innovative projects to improve student learning at the University of Michigan.  It also funds up to $10,000 to departments, programs, and other large faculty groups to work together on more extensive education projects.  CRLT grants competitions are suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Research Catalyst and Innovation (RCI) Program includes four new funding mechanisms totaling more than $1.5 million in annual support. The program infuses funding and fosters increased collaboration to catalyze research and spur innovation across the three University of Michigan campuses.


Medical Education Innovation Funding

The American Medical Association (AMA) Accelerating Change in Medical Education Innovation Grant Program offers funding to conduct research, implement innovations or disseminate effective approaches in medical education aimed at preparing future physician’s to succeed in our rapidly evolving health care system.  Awards of $10,000 and $30,000 are available to individual AMA faculty members or small groups of faculty.

The Central Group on Education Affairs (CGEA) promotes scholarship in medical education and advance the community of scholarship within the Central region.  A maximum award of $7,000 is available for multiple-institution projects and $5,000 for single-institution projects. Consistent with the requirements of scholarship, all funded projects mu be collaborative and investigatory in nature, and their results must be made public, available for peer review, and freely available for others to build upon.

CORD/EMG Emergency Medicine Education Scholarship is intended to provide a vehicle for emergency medicine education researchers early in their career that promotes the development of well-conceived projects while allowing for grant writing experience and recognition of successful grant applications.

The Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) funds research projects up to $10,000 that address important problems or questions in medical education.  Proposals that foster collaboration are strongly encouraged.  This includes collaborations among GEA sections (UME, GME, CPD), across GEA regions (CGEA, NEGEA, SGEA, WGEA) and/or proposals that engage multiple schools, professions or departments.

The Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education (GME) Challenge Grant Program provides 18-month grants to support the research and development of innovative projects within the graduate medical education setting, designed to facilitate successful patient-centered care initiatives. Our goal is to help physicians incorporate practices that bring patient needs and wished into the center of all healthcare interactions.

ScholarRx seeks grant applications as part of the Medical Education Research and Innovation Challenge (MERIC), a novel program designed to promote global educational scholarship and innovation.  The MERIC small grant program supports health science education investigators seeking to collaborate with ScholarRX to test educational innovations and address questions ranging from educational methods and pedagogy to curricular development and student assessment.

The Stemmler Fund  provides support for research and development in innovative assessment methodologies or techniques, with the potential to advance assessment in medical education or practice.  Expected outcomes include advances in the theory, knowledge, or practice of assessment at any point along the continuum of medical education, from undergraduate and graduate education and training through practice.  Both pilots and more comprehensive projects are of interest. Awards of  up to $150,000  are available to medical schools accredited by the LCME or the AOA.


The Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC) Innovation Challenge funds up to $100,000.  Proposals submitted must address a problem related to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center or cardiovascular care.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) issued a call for proposals for its national Evidence for Action program, which funds expansion of the evidence supporting a “Culture of Health,” defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. The deadline for proposals remains open.