The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of America’s health care system, according to its website.

Studies chosen for this funding must have strong potential to yield insights that will help improve the US health care system “by reducing spending, improving quality of care, and/or expanding access to [health] insurance coverage and health care services,” according to Julie Schoenman, director of research and quality at the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation. The foundation will award two to three grants for investigator-initiated research. It has made available up to $150,000 total for this funding cycle of the program.

Interestingly, “applications are welcomed from individual researchers, as well as from all types of organizations and institutions, including both non-profit and for-profit entities,” the NIHCM Foundation website says.

Those wishing to apply must first submit a brief Letter of Inquiry outlining their research project no later than 5 p.m., Friday, July 19.

In September the NIHCM Foundation will invite full proposals from a small number of the applicants. Winners will be notified in late 2013.

The start date for the research projects selected for funding is expected to be in January 2014.

For details about the program and for instructions for submitting the Letter of Inquiry, go to

Schoenman told me in an e-mail that the NIHCM Foundation has “increased the total funds available in the 2013–2014 funding cycle in response to the large number of outstanding applications received in the grant program’s initial cycle a year ago.”

Here is a list of previous grant award winners (from the 2012–2013 funding cycle). Several of the names will be familiar to Health Affairs readers. They include Laurence Baker, Ben Sommers, and Genevieve Kenney.

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On May 22 the NIHCM Foundation announced the winners of its 2013 Health Care Journalism and Research Awards. Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart and former Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer (now at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) were among the judges in this competition.