RISE Innovation Mini-Grants


The RISE Mini-Grant Application is now closed.

Overview, Dates & Requirements:

RISE is funding two $5,000 Innovation Mini-Grants for faculty, staff, and learners at Michigan Medicine who are interested in promoting innovation in medical and/or graduate education with the potential to advance science, health, and healthcare delivery. Mini-grant recipients also receive coaching and participate in our newly designed development program to learn about innovation strategies, translational education and pedagogical principles. RISE focuses on educational practices and interventions that strive to improve health. The strategic priorities identified during the pilot phase of RISE include ideas that will address one or more of the following strategic priorities: 1. facilitate learner creativity and scientific problem-solving; 2. support transitions along the continuum (e.g., pre-candidate to candidate; medical school to residency, etc.) 3. coordinate learning systems and clinical/scientific data across the continuum 4. address key health issues currently facing society, such as:

  • Health care access (including costs, delivery, or disparities)
  • High-prevalence health conditions (including obesity, mental health, & chronic pain)
  • Preventative health care (including vaccinations & ecological issues)

As part of this funding, recipients will be required to complete an assessment of your innovation competency, participate in our monthly RISE community activities (approximately 2 hours/month October – June), participate in cohort sessions, and receive feedback on their innovation at an annual RISE Innovation Symposium. Recipients will also identify a mentor and other key individuals to be part of their innovation team. Individuals receiving mini-grant funds will participate in our monthly RISE Community Activities.

"Innovation requires a movement, a culture and a means. RISE will provide a platform for all three; connecting people with different perspectives, skills and ideas towards a new community of educational practice."

Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar, Executive Director, RISE

"A better healthcare system and the pipe-line for discovery is dependent on our ability to transform how we educate scientists and providers. Great research institutions such as ours must elevate the importance of innovation and avoid becoming confined by legacy and the ways of the past."

Joseph C. Kolars, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives
Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education
Professor of Internal Medicine

"I really appreciate your efforts to train education innovators and to promote a culture of innovation at our institution. As I was reflecting on the RISE session I wanted to let you know that I feel fortunate to be at an institution where this is happening. I found our first session engaging, fun and inspiring, and I look forward to future sessions. Thanks for your hard work on this and leading the charge!"

Daniel Cronin, MD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

"RISE gives me space to be intentional and supported as I develop my ideas. This space is different from my day-to-day work, where I'm driven by deliverables and grant deadlines, and often, where true collaboration and risk-taking are luxuries."

Jenni Lane

"RISE has been an essential component in the development of this innovation, and so for that I'm so grateful for the mentorship and guidance you both have provided"

Emily Johnson