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Small Grants Programs

Members of the Johns Hopkins Medicine community are encouraged to apply for two small grants programs that support their efforts to improve safety, quality and value in health care. One is sponsored by our malpractice insurance carrier and the other by the Armstrong Institute. 

Armstrong Institute Small Grants Program

The Armstrong Institute supports the efforts of faculty and staff across Johns Hopkins Medicine to lead projects that seek to improve safety, quality and value in health care. We award funding for cross-disciplinary and innovative research relevant to the institute’s mission of eliminating preventable harm, improving patient outcomes and experience, and reducing waste in care delivery.

Funding can be used to:

  • Enable staff members and/or faculty to develop a research project
  • Develop a pilot project to the point that a competitive application for external support can be obtained
  • Support core personnel who can facilitate cross-disciplinary research (e.g., clinical outcomes coordinator, computer specialist, biostatistician)
  • Purchase equipment that will enable a new line of research to be investigated

We will inform the Johns Hopkins Medicine community of the next funding cycle.



MCIC Risk Reduction Awards Program

MCIC Vermont, Inc., the medical malpractice carrier for Johns Hopkins Medicine and several other health care organizations, funds projects that propose innovative ways to reduce risks. For 2015, Johns Hopkins Medicine has been allocated $75,000 in total funding through the MCIC Risk Reduction Awards Program, with small projects receiving up to $25,000 and larger projects up to $50,000.

This year, Johns Hopkins Medicine is specifically asking for proposals aimed at reducing harm related to handoffs, improving safety using health IT strategies and reducing harm during health IT implementation.

Projects should meet the following criteria:

  • Address threats to patient safety that may lead to harm
  • Align with the goal of reducing risks
  • Identify baseline data or describes data that needs to be collected
  • Provide targeted, measurable results
  • Will be completed within the one-year funding period

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must first request a letter of intent by Tuesday, Jan. 6 at The deadline for submissions is Jan. 12.

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