RISE Funding Opportunities

RISE supports health science education innovation (HSEI) with funding opportunities. RISE invites innovators and aspiring innovators to submit innovative ideas that seek to transform the way we learn, teach, and train in health science education and have potential to advance science, health, and/or healthcare delivery. This includes innovation ideas from across the continuum of health science education and topics from all health science education disciplines.


RISE is sponsoring two funding opportunities for aspiring innovators—12-month Fellowships and Mini-Grants. These funding opportunities support individuals in developing and piloting health sciences education innovation (HSEI) ideas, while they also participate in our sessions to develop as innovators. RISE specifically seeks HSEI ideas that will impact science, health, and/or healthcare. All Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, and learners are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for both a RISE Fellowship and/or a Mini-Grant; however, only one source of funding will be awarded.

RISE Fellowship

Individuals selected for a RISE Fellowship will receive:

  1. 0.15 FTE support (or the equivalent 15% reduction in other responsibilities for staff and learners to accommodate the effort required for this Fellowship: January 1, 2023-December 31, 2023) *
  2.  Innovation competency development through monthly RISE Deeper Dive Sessions (3 hours/month)
  3.  Individualized coaching on innovation competencies and your Health Science Education Innovation (HSEI) Plan
  4. Up to $5,000 to support your proposed HSEI Plan
    *RISE Fellowship applicants must be able to modify position/program requirements to accommodate the 15% reduction in employment or education responsibilities required to participate as a RISE Fellow for the time period (1/1/2023 – 12/31/2023). It is the applicant’s responsibility to negotiate and secure Chair or supervisor’s approval prior to submitting Fellowship application. Documented approval for the 15% reduction is required at the time of application (see below for details).

RISE Mini-Grant

Individuals selected for a RISE Mini-Grant will receive:

  1. Innovation competency development through monthly RISE Deeper Dive Sessions (3 hours/month)
  2. Individualized coaching on innovation competencies and your Health Science Education Innovation (HSEI) Plan
  3. Up to $2,500 to support your proposed health science education innovation plan

Information Video

Please watch this video for additional details about the funding opportunity and application process.


1.  Resume or Curriculum Vitae

2.  Health Science Education Innovation (HSEI) Plan that briefly (2-page limit) tells us about your HSEI idea by addressing the following prompts:

      • Health Issue to Be Addressed
        • Describe the existing health issue your HSEI idea 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.
      • Vision for Science, Health, and/or Healthcare Delivery
        • Describe your vision for the desired future state of science, health, and/or healthcare delivery and explain how you expect your HSEI idea will contribute to this vision. Briefly state what you hope to achieve through implementation of your HSEI idea.
      • Education Interventions
        • Describe 1-2 ideas for specific education interventions you plan to create or adopt to address the health issue and achieve your vision for science, health, and/or healthcare delivery. In your description of each education intervention, please address the following questions:
            1.   What are the key demographics of intended participants or recipients (e.g., medical students, graduate students, trainees)?
            2.   Is the education intervention a new, or an existing but adapted or modified activity/intervention?
            3.   What is the intended scale for implementation of the education intervention (e.g., implemented within a single or multiple institutions and/or health science domains (Biomedical Sciences, UME, GME, CME)?
            4.   What are some of the outcomes you expect your education intervention to translate into (e.g., improved knowledge, skills, or other attributes, improved healthcare, or science practices, and/or improved health or science outcomes)?
      • Health Science Education Innovation Team
        • Describe your HSEI team by including 1) names of team members, 2) brief description of the team member’s role on the team, and 3) a statement regarding how the team member represents a diversity of perspectives. The team must include at least one intended recipient of your HSEI (e.g., learner, patient).

Please feel free to contact either Dr. Paula Thompson (paulat@med.umich.edu) or Dr. Raj Mangrulkar (rajm@med.umich.edu) with any questions about your HSEI Plan.

3. An Itemized Budget
Provide an itemized budget that describes how you will use the funds (up to $5,000/Fellowship; up to $2,500/Mini-Grant). Describe any technology (hardware, software, devices, etc.) or technological support (programming, editing, storage, network, etc.) you anticipate needing to support your education intervention(s).

4.   A Letter of Support
Submit a letter of support from your supervisor, director, or division/department chair that addresses support for your funding period. This letter should be addressed to Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar, RISE Executive Director, and must include a statement regarding the department’s capacity to help translate your proposed HSEI idea into practice, and should ideally comment on how it can support scaling the idea to other departments and/or health sciences domains. For Fellowship applicants, this letter should also include an explicit agreement to accommodate the 15% reduction in FTE effort or education responsibilities required as a RISE Fellow.

Selection Process

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

Phase 1

A committee comprised of the RISE Core Team and select members of our RISE Advisory Council will review all HSEI Plans using the RISE Health Science Education Innovation Plan Development Rubric. Preliminary Phase 1 decisions will fall into one of the following three categories:

      • Interview Granted: No further information needed at this time
        • Applicant is invited to participate in an interview and is provided initial feedback on HSEI Plan to prepare for the interview discussion.
      • Interview Pending: More information is needed
        • Applicant is invited to a 30-minute conversation with the RISE Core team so that both parties can learn more about how the HSEI Plan aligns with expectations. Following this conversation, the applicant will either 1) be invited to an interview or 2) not be invited to interview but will be provided with feedback on HSEI Plan.
      • Interview Not Granted: Information provided is not in alignment with RISE objectives
        • Applicant is not invited to interview but is provided feedback on HSEI Plan.

Phase 2

The RISE Core Team and select members of our Advisory Council will conduct 1-hour interviews to learn more about the applicant’s HSEI Plan and assess applicants’ professional characteristics related to innovation competency using the RISE Health Science Education Innovation Competency 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 regarding funding decisions. Applicants will be notified of status in October.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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