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The application deadline has been extended to July 12, 2022.

The Patients Are First Innovation Pilots (PAFIP) recognizes and empowers UW Medicine faculty and staff to collaborate and explore solutions with grants for pilot projects addressing patient care experience, clinical outcomes and/or delivery of care. Projects must be led by a UW-employed faculty or staff member. We are looking to fund six-month pilots for up to $50,000. Examples of past PAFIP projects include a project to help shorten the wait for a healthy liver transplant, a project to catch breast cancer earlier in Black women and a project to improve patient communications through the use of a tablet that lets patients request exactly what they need directly, rather than using a nurse call light for all requests.

We are seeking new technologies and approaches to drive transformation including care delivery models, workflows, process changes, the way we interact with our patients, etc. Projects with a focus on innovative tools, technologies or digital health to improve care will be prioritized. We are able to fund up to four projects for this cycle.

Priority areas include:

  • Innovation in care delivery using AI or robotic process automation, or other digital health solutions
  • Strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting the care delivery process
  • Improving patient care outcomes
  • Increasing patient care efficiency
  • Enhancing patient and family experience of care
  • Promoting communication with patients and families or between clinicians

We especially welcome projects that use innovative tools, technologies or digital health approaches to improve care.

Grants provide benefits to support your project idea:

  • One-time funding
  • Up to $50,000 per project
  • Technical assistance
  • Operational support
  • Access to leaders who can help your project succeed

Submit an application by July 12, 2022, at 5 p.m. Pacific time

Learn more: Join the virtual informational webinar on Zoom with Tom Gallagher, MD, or visit the Patients Are First Innovation Pilots (PAFIP) website for details.