Worth a look: A funding opportunity for healthcare quality measurement development

Mike ClearyLooking for funding for children’s health improvement projects? One of our Quality eLine readers has generously offered a suggestion for possible grant funding opportunities under the newest healthcare legislation, passed in April.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers information about grant funding through CHIPRA (Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act). CHIPRA Pediatric Healthcare Quality Measures Program Centers of Excellence (U18) anticipates making seven to nine awards that total $55 million over a 4-year period. The maximum annual award is $2 million. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Because the proposed research will vary across applications, it is anticipated that awards will vary in size and duration.

Application deadline is June 30, with letters of intent to be submitted by June 1. For more information: http://www.ahrq.gov/chip/chipraact.htm#Grants.