NPSF Announces Call for Letters of Intent to Conduct Research and Development in Patient Safety

Applications invited for grant projects to begin in 2011.

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Research Grants Program seeks to stimulate new, innovative projects directed toward enhancing patient safety in the United States. The Program’s objective is to promote studies leading to the prevention of human errors, system errors, patient injuries and the consequences of such adverse events in the healthcare setting. In this first stage of a two-stage application process, Letters of Intent (LOIs) are solicited for research and development that is broadly related to identifying the causes of preventable injuries and errors and/or developing prevention strategies and methods to implement them. Based on these LOIs, a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

In order to be eligible for consideration, letters of intent must be delivered to NPSF no later than September 10, 2010. Each application must be delivered as five hard copies of the LOI (one orginal plus four copies) and an electronic copy of the LOI on CD-ROM (no email submissions). The number of grants to be awarded will depend on the nature and quality of applications received and the total funds available. A multidisciplinary team of experts will evaluate the LOIs. Investigators will be notified of the status of their LOIs no later than November 22, 2010.

In the second stage of the process, a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, for which more detailed instructions will be provided. Full proposals will be due on January 31, 2011. Grant recipients will be notified no later than April 11, 2011.

Download the full request for LOIs for complete instructions and eligibility requirements.

Send your hard copies and CD-ROM of the Letter of Intent to:
National Patient Safety Foundation
Attn: Anita Spielman
268 Summer Street, Sixth Floor
Boston, MA 02210