Current Funding Opportunities

Working Groups and Convenings: Request for Proposals

Penn LDI requests proposals to fund working groups or other convenings at Penn that are new collaborative, cross-disciplinary activities that catalyze and support new research across Penn’s health policy and health services research community. Proposals should seek to develop sustained new collaborations or lines of inquiry at Penn or develop new partnerships or collaborations for research outside of Penn. We are accepting applications from LDI Senior Fellows on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to proposals that include the involvement of Senior Fellows who are junior faculty and bring together Senior Fellows from across schools and disciplines.


Past Grant Announcements

LDI Small Grants Program: 2022 Projects

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. Penn LDI recently awarded 10 Fellows grants from this program. Learn about the funded projects below.

LDI Small Grants Program: 2021 Projects

Penn LDI annually provides grant funding for early-stage investigations that would otherwise not qualify for larger NIH or other institutional grants. Often, the findings of these pilot studies are the stepping stones that enable researchers to advance their careers with larger grants or projects. In partnership with Penn’s initiative, Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism, Advance Health, twelve research teams were awarded Penn LDI’s 2021 pilot grants for research on the effects of racism on health. Learn about the funded projects and resulting products here.

LDI Small Grants Program: 2020 Projects

Penn LDI awarded 12 grants to teams led by LDI Senior and Associate Fellows engaged in work across a wide range of health services research areas. Read more below about the funded projects completed in 2020.

Penn Medicine-Optum Labs: 2022 Projects

In fall 2021, Penn LDI and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation sought proposals for one-year projects that have the potential to lead to valuable and enduring innovations in health care delivery. The funding for this initiative comes from a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania and Optum Labs to support activity toward shared goals in research, training, patient care, community health, and innovation. Optum Labs is the research and development arm of UnitedHealth Group. Optum Labs works to create the most equitable, engaging, effective, and affordable health care solutions for patients, payers, and providers by leveraging big data insights, artificial intelligence, machine learning, disruptive product development and engineering, clinical and scientific advancements. Learn about the funded projects below.

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.

Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA): 2021 Request for Applications

Penn’s Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA) is seeking applications for the 2021–2022 cohort of CICADA Scientists. In collaboration with Penn LDI, CICADA seeks to enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented backgrounds interested in a career focused on improving health care delivery for older adults, particularly minority older adults. Up to three CICADA Scientists will be awarded $35,000 to conduct a 1-year research project and will receive mentoring and additional support for career development during the award period.

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.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

In May 2020, 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.