Current Funding Opportunities

Penn LDI is pleased to announce two funding opportunities for LDI Fellows in fall 2021: The annual Small Grants Program (open to Senior and Associate Fellows) and a new funding opportunity in partnership with the inaugural LDI-Penn Medicine Research Laboratory (open to Senior Fellows). Please see details for each funding opportunity below, and contact us if you have any questions.

LDI Small Grants Program: 2021 Request for Proposals

The LDI Small Grants Program provides funding for pilot research grants in the broad category of health services and health policy research, with a focus on health care access and coverage, health equity, improving care for older adults, the opioid epidemic, and population health. Funded projects investigate emerging medical, economic, social, and policy issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered. The goals of the Small Grants Program are to stimulate innovative research ideas among the Penn community, encourage the development of new collaborations between investigators of different backgrounds and disciplines, encourage cross-school collaborations, and lead to new extramural grant funding or a new research program for the PI. In 2021, LDI solicits proposals for projects focused on Health Systems and Health Policy.

LDI-Penn Medicine Research Laboratory: 2021 Request for Proposals

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the University of Pennsylvania Health System announce the inaugural LDI-Penn Medicine Research Laboratory. Developed in partnership between Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD (Executive Director, Penn LDI) and Kevin Mahoney, MBA (Chief Executive Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS)), the Research Lab is a unique partnership that invites the deep expertise of LDI-affiliated faculty to Penn Medicine’s health delivery setting to ask and answer pressing questions about health care delivery. The goals of this strategic partnership are both to advance LDI’s mission of developing generalizable health care knowledge for the nation and to generate actionable knowledge which guides Penn Medicine’s operational decisions towards ensuring that patients receive the best care. To support this goal, the Research Lab solicits proposals for projects focused on the following priority area for 2021: Expanding Health Care Delivery Using Non-Traditional Care Approaches.


Pilot Projects with the Penn Center for AIDS Research and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health

In June 2021, Penn LDI awarded pilot grants to four LDI Fellows to evaluate programs to augment Philadelphia’s response to the HIV epidemic, in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO) and the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). The projects evaluated existing HIV/AIDS service systems and programs, or assessed feasibility, acceptability, and policy implications of potential novel implementation programs in the City’s “Ending the HIV Epidemic” initiative. The projects also connected the Fellows with AACO to answer questions that are of mutual interest and will impact policy. Learn more here.


COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

In May 2021, Penn LDI announced the award of 13 COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Grants designed to produce policy insights directly relevant to the unfolding pandemic and its broad range of health effects. The awards were given to 13 LDI Senior and Associate Fellow principal investigators and twelve co-investigators are involved in the thirteen projects. Learn more here.


Past Grant Announcements