Applications for the current round of funding are accepted until February 28th, 2020.

View the open PSIP Request for Applications

The clinicians and researchers at UW Medicine have the insight to develop projects that enhance the quality and safety of patient care at UW Medicine, and those projects need guidance and funding. UW sought to tap this insight and support it, creating the Patient Safety Innovations Program (PSIP).

PSIP provides pilot funding and expert guidance to innovative projects that improve patient safety and quality of care, reduce medical-legal expenses, and strengthen the academic environment around patient safety. 

Eligibility

Clinicians or researchers who are UW-employed faculty members whose UW Medicine component contributed to the UW Self-Insurance Resolving Fund (Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, School of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, or UW Neighborhood Clinics) are eligible to apply. Grantees will receive technical assistance with both new and currently funded projects. 

Benefits

  • A one-time pilot project grant up to $50,000
  • Ongoing technical assistance and academic support
  • Access to clinical experts to help the project succeed

Current Proposal Window

Proposals are due by February 28th, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Time. 
Project funding will start May 1st, 2020. 

Areas to Address

Projects must address one or more of the following areas:

Improving diagnosis and reducing diagnostic delays: The 2015 National Academy of Medicine report “Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare” and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (https://www.improvediagnosis.org) are especially useful resources. 
Improving communication, specifically: 1) handoffs/care transition; 2) Project aimed at facilitating healthcare workers speaking up about care concerns. 
Fall prevention: While much work is going on in this area, fall rates continue to rise. Projects related to remote monitoring would be especially welcome. 

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Align with UW Medicine priorities in patient safety and quality
  • Focus on innovation to improve patient safety rather than ongoing operational programs
  • Clearly articulate short and long-term metrics of success
  • Involve multiple UW Medicine sites
  • Reduce risks for the UW self-insurance program

Proposal Requirements

Projects must:

  • Be led by a UW-employed faculty member whose UW Medicine component contributed to the UW Self-Insurance Resolving Fund (Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, School of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, or UW Neighborhood Clinics)
  • Show impact on the quality and safety of healthcare at UW Medicine and, if applicable, across multiple campuses at UW
  • Focus on innovation to improve patient safety rather than ongoing operations
  • Involve a UW Medicine Clinical site; priority will be given to projects that involve multiple UW Medicine sites
  • Be a maximum of 18-months in length
  • Have a maximum budget of $50,000 in direct costs and a high likelihood of securing external funding at the close of the PSIP year (one-time purchases of equipment designed to enhance patient safety will also be considered)
  • Clearly articulate short and long term metrics of success
  • Include an evaluation plan
  • Include a sustainability plan

Questions

Please send all inquiries to psip@uw.edu.