Health Practice Research Pilot Award

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The Health Practice Research Pilot Awards are one-year health practice research pilot grants awarded through a partnership between the Irving Institute and the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI). Health practice research is a form of translational research that applies operational interventions such as information technology, operations research, and simulation to improve the practice of health care, resulting in improved outcomes and efficiency. Columbia’s Informatics Intervention Research Collaboration (I2RC) focuses on the use of innovative information interventions and will be a partner in this award.

The goal of this award is to offer clinical researchers the opportunity to do an informatics-based project in an operational clinical setting. The researcher should try to bring information technology-based tools to bear on a practical clinical problem. The project goal should be: (1) to design, develop and implement an information technology-based intervention targeted at a practical clinical problem; and (2) to evaluate to what extent the tool actually had an impact on care. Examples of interventions that might be implemented under this program are:

  • An alert or reminder to increase the likelihood of compliance with best practices
  • A workflow-based tool to increase the efficiency of care, quality of life or outcomes for providers, teams of practitioners, patients or society in general
  • Tools to facilitate clinical research
  • Population health management tools to measure, monitor and intervene in chronic disease
  • Tools that support patient-centered care
  • An analysis of current practices to inform future directions

The Irving Institute provides $25,000 for salary and other research support of the project. DBMI makes an ‘in kind’ contribution in the form of faculty expertise and guidance to support the informatics and IT components of the pilot project.

This award is intended primarily for junior investigators, and the focus of the application should be on research leading to independent, external funding. This award is not meant to supplement ongoing funded research. The research proposal should involve:

  • Contact with human subjects, which may include clinicians, patients, groups of patients, or clinical outcomes
  • Innovative use of information management or information technology
  • A rigorous evaluation of the results of the intervention

See a list of current and past Health Practice Research pilot award recipients.

  • Duration: One year
  • Award amount: $25,000
  • Number of awards: Approximately two per year


At award time, qualified applicants must have an appointment as an instructor, assistant professor (clinical or tenure-track), or associate research scientist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is not required.


Applications for the Health Practice Research Pilot awards will be accepted in fall, 2019.

It is strongly recommended that interested applicants schedule a pilot funding eligibility consultation before beginning the application process.

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