RISE Innovation Development Program


RISE is seeking applications for its next cohort of RISE Innovators.  We specifically seek to support Innovators with new ideas that have the potential to change existing approaches in teaching and learning, scale to different areas and learners, and improve practice and health. This includes ideas from across the education continuum and from all health science education disciplines.

    Important Dates

    • Application opens: March 25, 2024
    • Information sessions: April 8 and 12, 2024
    • Application submission deadline: May 20, 2024 
    • Applicant interviews: July 22-August 5, 2024 
    • Notification of decisions: October 2024 
    • Program begins: January 2025



    RISE strives to develop Innovators in health science education at Michigan Medicine who embrace curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, initiative, intelligent risk-taking, teamwork and visioning to support education experimentation and discovery.

    Innovation Development Program 

    • Monthly sessions. All RISE Innovators will participate in monthly workshops (four hours per month January-June; September-December). The program provides targeted instruction using an experiential learning model to apply new skills and knowledge to advance innovations and develop Innovators. Program curricula includes foundational innovation and change management principles to cultivate innovation competency development. All RISE Innovators must have an existing innovation they intend to advance as part of the program.  
    • Individual meetings with the RISE Core Team. All RISE Innovators meet regularly with key members of the RISE Core Team to elicit better insight into their needs — capitalizing on strengths and working through areas for development. These meetings also allow us to engage with concepts more thoroughly, brainstorm solutions together and build community.
    • Assessment and feedback. All RISE Innovators receive regular feedback regarding their innovation competency and innovation intervention development. This feedback is generated using a 360-degree feedback process as well as a series of Innovator self-assessments to identify areas of strength and growth and provide actionable recommendations. 
    • Individual coaching. All RISE Innovators receive individual external coaching to facilitate innovation competency development and the progression of their innovation.

    At the successful completion of the 12-month program, Innovators will receive a certificate of completion in Health Sciences Education Innovation. The certificate requires:

    • attendance at monthly in-person sessions
    • monthly meetings with RISE core team
    • monthly meetings with a coach
    • dissemination of your work

    My time as a RISE Innovator exposed me to a whole new world of thinking around change management and implementation science. The lessons learned through the curriculum and as part of my project was foundational in launching the current phase of my career as a medical educator.

    John Burkhardt, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Learning Health Sciences and Director, Master’s in Health Professions Education Program

    Funding Options

    Individuals who apply for the RISE Innovation Development Program may be considered for any of the following funding options:

    • Innovation Development Program only. With this option, no project funding or FTE support is requested, but those selected will still participate in all other aspects of the program.
    • Project funding to support your proposed innovation. Options: $1,500, $2,500 or $5,000 during the program year. 
    • 0.15 FTE support (or the equivalent 15% reduction in other responsibilities for staff and learners to accommodate the effort: January 1, 2025-December 31, 2025).

    All Michigan Medicine faculty, staff and learners are eligible to apply. All learners should be in good standing with their academic programs.      

      RISE Innovators Construct a vision that is well-supported by education interventions designed to lead to intended change; Develop as an innovator through the cultivation of the seven health science education innovation (HSEI) competencies; Align an innovation within the HSEI guiding framework; and Pilot an innovation with measurable outcomes.

      Submission Requirements

      Please submit the following through the online submission form by Monday, May 20, 2024 at 5 p.m. to be considered for the next cohort of RISE Innovators: 

      1. Description. Provide a brief (two-page limit) description about your health science education innovation that includes the following:

      A. Health issue to be addressed. Describe the existing health issue your innovation addresses. Briefly summarize why you believe this is an important issue, based on existing evidence — e.g., published literature, personal or professional experience, available metrics, extant theories, etc.

      B. Vision. Describe the desired future state of practice or health to which you expect your innovation to contribute.

      C. Interventions. Describe 1-2 specific  interventions you plan to create or adopt to address the health issue. In your description of each intervention, please include the following information:

      1. What, specifically, is the intervention (e.g., training course, new education delivery platform)?

      2. Is the intervention new, or an adapted or modified activity/intervention?

      3. Who are the intended participants or recipients (e.g., medical students, master’s students, Ph.D. students, residents, fellows) of your intervention?

      4. Where can the intervention be scaled (e.g., single or multiple institutions and/or other education domains such as biomedical sciences, continuing medical education, graduate medical education, undergraduate medical education)?

      5. What outcomes do you expect the  intervention to translate into (e.g., improved knowledge, skills, or other attributes, improved science, or health)?       

      D. Team. Describe the people who will work with you on your intervention. Please include 1) names of team members, 2) brief descriptions of each team member’s role on the team and 3) a statement regarding how the team member represents a diversity of perspective. The team should include at least one intended recipient of your intervention (e.g., learner, patient).

      2. Letter of support. Submit a letter of support from your supervisor, director or division/department chair that supports for your participation. This letter should be addressed to Dr. Meg Wolff, RISE Curriculum Director, and should include a statement endorsing the department’s support for applicant’s participation and the innovation. For learners, the letter should also state the applicant is currently in good standing in their academic program. For applicants requesting FTE support, this letter should also include an explicit agreement to accommodate the 15% reduction in FTE effort or education responsibilities. 

      Please feel free to contact Dr. Paula Thompson (paulat@med.umich.edu) or Dr. Meg Wolff (wolffm@med.umich.edu) with any questions about your application.

      3. Itemized budget (if funding is requested*). Provide an itemized budget that describes how you will use the requested funds. Describe any technology (hardware, software, devices, etc.) or technological support (programming, editing, storage, network, etc.) necessary to support your intervention(s). *A budget is not required for applicants not requesting project funding.

      4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

      Note: Please do reference the use of AI tools if used for the development of your submission materials.

      Selection Process

      RISE has a stepwise selection process to ensure sufficient information has been submitted to fully evaluate your application and determine whether RISE is a good fit for advancing your innovation. The selection consists of the following two-phase process: 

      Phase 1

      The RISE Core Team will review all applications using the RISE Health Science Education Intervention Development Rubric. Preliminary Phase 1 decisions will fall into one of the following categories: 

      1. Interview granted: Applicant is invited to participate in an interview and is provided initial feedback on their innovation to prepare for the interview discussion. 

      2. Interview not granted: Information provided is not in alignment with RISE objectives. Applicant is not invited to interview but is provided feedback on their innovation. 

      Phase 2

      The RISE Core Team will conduct 1-hour interviews to learn more about the applicant’s innovation and assess their professional characteristics related to innovation competency, using the RISE Health Science Education Innovator Development Rubric. Interviewees will also complete the rubric as a self-assessment activity prior to the interview. 

      Final Decisions

      All application and interview data will be used to make holistic, final selection decisions. Applicants will be notified of final decisions in October 2024. 

      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

      These RISE Funding Application FAQs provide additional clarifying information. Please contact michmedrise@umich.edu with any additional questions.