Health Care Innovation Grant Opportunity for PAMED Members

Idea-innovationHealth care innovation is more important than ever before. In the ever-changing health care environment, physicians and their practices, hospitals, and health systems, are constantly being challenged to innovate to improve patient outcomes, quality of care, and efficiencies.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) will be awarding up to a total of $500,000 for innovation projects between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020.

The application deadline was July 3, 2019, by 5 p.m. EST.

These grants will fund projects that encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative approaches to the field of medicine. Applicants are only eligible to receive one award per year, and only one award per project. Individual grant amounts will not exceed $100,000*.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public, non-profit, and private organizations are eligible to apply, but the applicant must be a member of PAMED for the duration of the grant period. 
  • If the applicant is a group practice, at least 51% of the practice’s physicians must be PAMED members for the duration of the grant period.
  • If the applicant is a hospital or health system, 100% of the physicians involved in the project must be PAMED members for the duration of the grant period.
  • Residents may apply with the support of their attending physician. Medical students who are members of PAMED may apply with the support of a sponsor; PAMED membership must be maintained for the duration of the grant period.
  • County medical societies are eligible to apply, provided that the project focus is innovation in physician practice settings rather than expansion of county operations and the principle investigator is a physician, resident, or medical student member of PAMED at the time of application and for the duration of the grant period.
  • Employees of PAMED or subsidiaries of PAMED and their families are not eligible to apply


PAMED is looking for projects with a goal of balancing cost containment and quality of care and can be replicated and applied across the state. Examples include:

  • Support various forms of collaboration across organizations and services;
  • Test new business and staffing models;
  • Assess opportunities to employ technology to enhance patient access and outcomes;
  • Address systemic access barriers experienced by patients;
  • Demonstrate opportunities to create a single point of access for patients needing safety net services;
  • Assess and test the feasibility of data sharing between safety net providers; (e.g. food, housing, health services, job training and employment readiness, etc.)
  • Demonstrate the value of evidence-based case management practices; strength-based approaches to patient engagement.

Questions? Contact Francine Jackson, PAMED’s Grants/Project Specialist, at  

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